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Classic films, picnics, fizzy wine. What's not to love? Muddy kicks off the open-air film season with 'Mamma Mia' at Guildford Cathedral

I do love a classic movie, getting tipsy on fizzy wine and tucking into a decadent picnic in the open air with my favourite people around me. And last night I combined all three at Sunset Cinema’s open-air screening of Mamma Mia at Guildford Cathedral.

Tis true, the air was a bit nippy. But it was nothing my thermals, a winter sleeping bag and my fetching woollen beret couldn’t keep at bay. I had Mr Muddy and the two minis in tow – the kids’ first experience of open-air cinema – and it was a fab evening out that we all really loved. We’re already planning another for this summer season.

The film started at 8.30pm just as darkness really settled, but we arrived earlier so we could snuggle up with our picnic. We actually had a combination of home-brought picnic and fresh hand-made woodfired pizzas from the Tinderbox mobile pizza van, plus a couple of tubs of mini chocolate brownies from M&S. Mr Muddy supped on an ale, while I guzzled down the fizz. Perfecto. Non?

Some of the crowd came dressed up – I saw at least two women in dungarees – and there was a no-holds-barred singing along to the famous Abba tunes on which the film is based. A group of seven women sitting behind us encapsulated the spirit to a tee. They were the first ones singing, and the first dancing round their picnic blanket as the credits rolled. And they were still going when I left. Perhaps they bought more fizz along than I did!

The film needs no review. It’s a feel-good rom-com from the mid noughties with a stellar cast – Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. It always makes me cry.

And of course in that closing scene after the credits when Meryl Streep shouts: “Do you want some more? Do you?”… well I think you already know the answer to that.

Tonight (Sat 6 May) Sunset Cinema is screening Pretty Woman at Guildford Cathedral, on Fri 12 May it’s Grease in the Haslemere Museum Gardens, and on Sat 13 May you can see Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Medicine Garden in Cobham.


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