There’s no better time to enjoy an al fresco movie than a long summer’s evening.
From films on the beach to rooftop cinema, here’s where to find the South East’s best outdoor cinema experiences for 2019
1 Enjoy mouth-watering Movies by Moonlight, West Sussex
Located in the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, the grounds of South Lodge Hotel & Spa in Horsham are ideal for a cosy movie night under the stars.
This summer, the property are putting on a show with their ‘Movies by Moonlight’ series, featuring a delicious three-course meal before showings of classics such as Top Gun and The Greatest Showman.
Known for its destination dining, this hotel, a member of Pride of Britain Hotels, is an excellent way to sample amazing local dishes and watch a classic at the same time.
Alternatively, pack your own favourite snacks to enjoy at the more casual Picnic and a Movie events.
With Mamma Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody set to screen, these delectable night outs are a must-try for film lovers this summer.
PLUS: Enhance your experience with a visit to the South Lodge’s, new 44,000 sq ft spa, featuring a natural outdoor lightly-heated swimming pond and marble-lined salt and aromatic steam rooms. Find out more via The Wordrobe’s expert hotel review here.
Wallet: Starting from £16pp.
When: Click here for the full movie schedule.
How: Click here or phone 01403 891711 to make a booking.
2 Feel the heat at Fulham Beach Club, London
No time to escape the city this summer? Grab your favourite foodie, nab a deckchair and load up on bottomless popcorn and Prosecco as Fulham Beach launches their Beach Club Cinema.
Turning their outdoor urban beach into an al fresco cinema, Fulham Beach now hosts weekly film nights.
Every Tuesday throughout summer, head to this city hotspot for amazing views and comfy deckchairs.
Expect exceptional sound quality, free-flowing popcorn, glasses of prosecco, wood-fired pizzas and, of course, an enticing line-up of movies.
From cult classics to weepy rom-coms, there’s a little something for every movie buff this summer.
When: Each screening starts at 7:30pm, and is limited to 50 tickets.
Wallet: Ticket prices range from £15.
Where: Fulham Beach, Albert Wharf, Fulham, SW6 2T
How: Visit www.fulhambeach.com to find out more and make a booking.
3 Raise the roof at Rooftop Film Club, London
Rooftop Film Club now have a trio of London venues across Bussey Building, Stratford’s Roof East and Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch.
Ideal for iconic film lovers, screenings feature both old and new movies.
With huge screens, comfortable deckchairs and incredible sound, it’s perfect for a laid-back yet excellent outdoor film setup. And did we mention the bottomless popcorn?
When: Throughout the week, until late September.
How: Click here to book and find out more.
4 Discover Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London
City slickers, don’t miss out on this two week only experience. This August, Somerset House‘s iconic Fountain Court will be transformed into an enormous cinema.
Featuring screens of God’s Own Country, Straight Outta Compton and The Matrix, this city experience is ideal for a dramatic night out – with the bookable beanbags to maximise comfort too.
To top it off, each night will see live DJ sets inspired by the film’s soundtrack.
When: 8-21 August.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
How: Click here to book.
5 Bask at Luna Beach Cinema, Brighton
Just when Brighton couldn’t get any cooler, Luna Beach Cinema brings another edge to this seaside city.
In association with Brighton and Hove City Council, this beach cinema features the highest definition outdoor LED screen in the country, a full 10 metres in length.
Enjoy delicious hot food and a full bar on site, as well as hireable premium deck chairs or even a VIP beach hut for a luxury screening (that seats four people and has its own mini-fridge).
Films include everything from Moulin Rouge! and Dumbo to Magic Mike and Grease.
Where: Luna Beach, Brighton BN2 1EN
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
Looking for more fun things to do in the South East and beyond? Click here for The Wordrobe’s agenda guide
Words by Sophie Ritchie