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Outdoor Film & Theatre

When summer comes along, many of Nottinghamshire's best-loved attractions play host to a variety of outdoor shows. Bring along a picnic blanket - and something delicious to eat - and watch classic Shakespeare plays, delightful comedies and fun-filled children's shows in the picturesque grounds of historic houses and country parks.

There is also an opportunity to see popular films underneath the stars during the summer months.

Performances will be taking place around the county until September. Here's our round-up of some of the highlights.

Nottingham Castle

The immaculate formal gardens at Nottingham Castle make it the perfect spot to sit and enjoy an outdoor performance. This year's programme includes Sherlock Holmes, Macbeth, Peter Pan and Wuthering Heights. For more details click here.

Nottingham Castle

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, will host a number of outdoor productions including Danny the Champion of the World, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sense and Sensibility. Further details are available here.

Newstead Abbey

Wollaton Hall 

Wollaton will host four outdoor productions - The Importance of Being Earnest, Gulliver's Travels, Wuthering Heights and Ratburger. To find out more, including how to buy tickets, click here.

The Summer Nights outdoor film festival also takes place in August, with screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Moulin Rouge, Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman, and of course, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed at Wollaton.

Thoresby Courtyard

Thoresby Courtyard is an imaginatively converted of a Grade 1 listed building that sits adjacent to Victorian Mansion Thoresby Hall.

From 13th-16th June, the special venue will host The Clumber Player's perfomance of classic Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night. On 18th June, mods and rockers collide in a 60s twist on Romeo & Juliet, performed live in the grounds.
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Holme Pierrepont

Touring theatre company The Festival Players will be bringing Shakespeare's Hamlet to life in the stunning grounds of Holme Pierrepont Hall.  Further details can be found here.
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Hardwick Hall

Summer Nights is making a return to Hardwick Hall giving film fans the chance to watch classic films under the stars. Watch Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost and the latest Bond film. Spectre in  August. Details, including how to buy tickets can be found here.

Clumber Park

Relax in the peaceful Clumber Park at the first Summer Nights event to be held in the grounds. On the 4th August Dirty Dancing will be gracing the big screen with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves showing on Saturday 5th August.

On Saturday 12th August catch wonderful costumes and toe-tapping music in a live theatre production of Wind in the Willows.

Rufford Abbey

The first ever outdoor cinema in the stately grounds of Rufford Abbey. This year they will be showing cult classics Dirty Dancing and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with a free matinee of Despicable Me for families. Further details can be found here.


Southwell Minster

Set in the glorious grounds of Southwell Minster, Handlebards Theatre Company present their all-male, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 22nd! Then on Tuesday July 18th a Join Badger, Mole, Ratty and Toad for an adaptation of the classic novel Wind in the Willows.
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Bolsover Castle

Perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale, on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th-century aristocratic retreat. This year they present a live adaptation of Wind in the Willows on Wednesday 16th August, inviting you to picnic as you watch the hilarity ensue.

Hodsock Priory

Five fabulous movies will be screened this summer at Hodsock Priory, the luxury weddings venue on the Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire border. The grounds of the 19th century country house will play host to five films: the live action Beauty and the Beast, sing-along favourite, Mamma Mia, Pixar's Up, Disney's Moana and The Lego Batman Movie! Further details can be found here.

For more information about all summer events, including outdoor theatre, pop into the Nottingham Tourism Centre or call 08444 77 5678. Make sure you check out the What's On section of our website for further summer inspiration.



Special offers

  1. Attractions


    In Nottinghamshire you will discover plenty of things to do every day of the year and with the help of this great selection of special offers you'll be guaranteed a great time.

    From: Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017

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