10 Best Open Air Theatre and Cinema Events in the Cotswolds this Summer

Outdoor Cinema in the Cotswolds (Last Updated On: 19th August 2019)

Because who doesn’t want to spend a blissful summer evening at one of the Cotswolds’ most glorious locations enjoying top-notch entertainment!

A night out under the stars on a warm summer evening watching a big screen golden oldie or live theatre production – is there a more idyllic image? Throughout the summer, many of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful and impressive landmarks play host to pop up screens and stages – perfect for a family outing, romantic date night, or get-together with the girls and guys. Just book your tickets, pack up your picnic (don’t forget the pimms!) and let’s get this show on the road! (literally)


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Blenheim Palace

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Pop up Shakespearean Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and Macbeth : 8th July – 7th September

Experience the delights of an authentic Shakespearean production at the hugely successful and equally novel Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre! Running four of Shakespeare’s most varied and popular plays over a two-month period, there’s plenty of time and something for everyone. Prepare to be transported 400 years back in time to a theatre event inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse, complete with thatched refreshment buildings, entertainment wagons, a beautiful Elizabethan garden and plenty of minstrels, mischief and midsummer magic!


Painswick Rococo Gardens

The Tempest – The Handlebards Ladies: Tuesday 2nd July

Much Ado About Nothing – The Handlebards Gents: Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th June

Touring the country by bicycle and performing some of England’s greatest playwrights’ masterpieces outdoors is no mean feat! Witty, hilarious, whip-smart, energetic and incredibly athletic, these two fantastic all-female and all-male troupes are a must-see against the flamboyant backdrop of Rococo Gardens. Book your tickets now!


Sudeley Castle

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Thursday 25th July

Brought to Sudeley audiences by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all-male theatre company will delight audiences for one night and one night only in the grounds of spectacular Sudeley Castle. Book early to avoid disappointment!


Swinhay House

As You Like It: Sunday 28th July

For something a little different head out to the open planes of Wotton-under-Edge, right on the edge of the Cotswold Way, to Swinhay House, a futuristic, architectural masterpiece that is no stranger to the big screen itself, having appeared in the BBC’s Sherlock to name just one, owned by co-founder of Renishaw PLC, Sir David McMurtry. Join one of Shakespeare’s most loved heroines, Rosalind, for a night to remember presented by theatre company Rain or Shine.


Batsford Arboretum

Much Ado About Nothing – The Handlebards: Saturday 22nd June

It’s the cycling theatre company performing environmentally sustainable Shakespeare all over the globe! (see Painswick Rococo Gardens.) Set in the leafy grounds of Batsford Arboretum, prepare for a night of side-splitting laughter and innovation.


The Fleece Inn

Much Ado About Nothing – The Handlebards: Friday 21st June

The Fleece Inn is a beautiful, historic pub situated in the village of Bretforton, and has featured in many a period film and documentary! This summer, however, it’ll become the backdrop to a spectacular performance by the riotous Handlebards (see above), Shakespeare with a twist!


Newark Park

Sense and Sensibility: Friday 26th July

A stunning National Trust Property, Newark Park has a few silver screen claims to fame of it own, appearing in the 2008 BBC adaption of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. This summer its set to frame a slightly lighter period drama, Sense and Sensibility, adapted from the classic novel by Jane Austen. Prepare for a night of scandals and scoundrels!

Woodchester Mansion 

Much Ado About Nothing: Thursday 22nd August

Venture down into the mysterious valley at Woodchester and discover the neglected Gothic mansion house that has fascinated visitors for years play host to one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed by the Festival Players and surrounded by the outlying luscious green valleys of Stroud, this is an opportunity to see a fantastic piece of theatre in a truly beautiful location.


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Sudeley Castle – The Lost Cinema:

Bohemian Rhapsody: Friday 23rd August

 A Star is Born: Saturday 24th August

 Grease:  Sunday 25th August

Soak up one of these modern or old classics in the beautiful surroundings of Sudeley Castle!


Cowley Manor – The Alfresco Film Company

Bohemian Rhapsody: Sunday 16th June

A Star is Born: Saturday 22nd June

My Best Friend’s Wedding: Thursday 18th July

Grease (sing-a-long): Saturday 24th August

A Star is Born: Sunday 25th August

Pulp Fiction: Saturday 12th September

A movie night with a difference! Situated in the stunning grounds of listed Cowley Manor, ( with some special pool side showings at the C-side spa)  what better place to enjoy the magic of the big screen?


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