Editor’s pick: 6 outdoor music and movie events

PUBLISHED: 15:56 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:00 26 August 2020

Take a seat for outdoor cinema in Yorkshire at Castle Howard and Bolton Abbey

Take a seat for outdoor cinema in Yorkshire at Castle Howard and Bolton Abbey


Grab your rug for some late-summer nights of outdoor entertainment

Socially distanced seating is in situ for all outdoor eventsSocially distanced seating is in situ for all outdoor events

We’re bursting with joy at the thought of open-air fun while there’s still some summer to enjoy. New events are being scheduled all the time which is great news into the autumn. Pack picnics, rugs, big coats, sunscreen, your mask and cans of G&T. Yes, a thoroughly British combination!

Yorkshire’s got some splendid destinations with plenty of space for distancing, Here’s a pick of a few which are making to our to-do lists.

Outdoor cinema

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With two seasons of outdoor film at both Bolton Abbey and Castle Howard, Luna Cinema brings socially distanced cinema to Yorkshire. Screening classics, such as Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman, alongside modern masterpieces like Rocketman and Joker, Luna Cinema aims to bring a little movie magic to the end of the summer.

Bolton Abbey: Augus 25-30. Castle Howard: September 2-6. Seats for two from £35;

Calming classics

What could be nicer Songs Under Skies ? Take a breather with a feast of acoustic music under the skies this September in the glorious garden of St Margaret’s Church. The National Centre for Early Music has just announced a series of open-air acoustic concerts this September marking a long-awaited return to live music at the NCEM. Six concerts featuring 12 artists will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 2 and 17 September. Gates open at 6.30pm, music runs 7pm – 8.30pm. Tickets cost £6 per show. Tickets.ncem

Live on the lawn

Throughout August and September, Burton Constable Hall and Gardens will be hosting ‘Live on The Lawn’, a series of live performances in the North Garden. These include a comedy night and a Queen tribute for the adults, as well as theatrical performances of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Wind in The Willows for the kids.

Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire August 22–September 5

Summer singalong!

On the coast near Scarborough a farmer’s field becomes and outdoor opera house (‘sort of..) as Pop Up Cinema brings movie fun to the countryside. Redcliffe Farm, Lebberston (between Scarborough and Filey) is the joyful venue for a heap of screenings – including the ultimate, Mamma Mia, on Sept Food and drinks available on site and a licenced bar.

Also in Scarborough on September 1&2 Luna One offers family-friendly favourites and date night classic showings at Stepney Hill Farm, in a joint effort between Luna Cinema and One Agency. See favourites such as Trolls World Tour and The Greatest Showman.

Sounds in the Grounds

The great thing about heading outside for a gig is that you can sing your head off without a care in the world. Places to do just that between now and September 6 are Scampston Hall near Malton and Ripley Castle near Harrogate. They are lovely destinations in their own right but with your glad rags (including a keep-warm rug and wellies) on, you can enjoy show tunes with Beyond the Barricade. some Abba Mania, bit of Nashville or Bootleg Beatles. In the mix to will be the New York Brass Band, all guaranteeing a real feel-good feast of summer.

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