This August and September, a host of classic and contemporary movies are being screened outdoors in Dorset and Hampshire. Drive-in cinemas are popping up at Bournemouth airport and Farmer Palmer’s near Poole. There are also outdoor cinema screenings in the beautiful settings of Kingston Lacy and Littledown in Bournemouth. Read on for our complete guide to your summer of outdoor cinema for Bournemouth, Southampton and Dorset.
Drive-in cinema at Farmer Palmer’s near Poole
Farmer Palmer’s is a family farm park seven miles west of Poole in Dorset. They’ve opened up a field for outdoor cinema screenings throughout July and August. There are plenty of family favourites on offer including the Emma Watson Beauty And The Beast remake and Frozen. For those feeling brave, you can also catch The Exorcist or Jaws too! You’ll be given a Bluetooth speaker on arrival to make sure you get a great sound experience in your car. Tickets and film listings are available from organisers Drive-In Theatres.
Outdoor cinema in Dorset at Kingston Lacy
Dorset stately home and National Trust property Kingston Lacy is a pretty special setting for open-air cinema. Appropriately, the first film showing this summer is Downton Abbey on 12 August. The day after there’s a sing-a-long showing of The Greatest Showman. Both films start at 9:00 pm and tickets are available from Adventure Cinema.
Sing-a-long screenings at Littledown, Bournemouth
Bournemouth’s Littledown Centre is set in 47 acres of parkland. This summer, movie musical lovers will be able to set up a picnic blanket or camping chair in the extensive park grounds to enjoy open-air screenings of Grease and The Greatest Showman. The outdoor cinema will run from 19 to 20 August from 8:30pm. Tickets are available from Adventure Cinema.
An American Drive-In cinema experience…in Dorset
There’s an American style drive-in cinema at the Old Holmsley Aerodrome near Christchurch in Dorset this summer. You can order a selection of milkshakes, pizzas, burgers and crepes to enjoy as you watch the movie from your car. The programme has a lean towards classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s with the likes of Grease, Back to The Future and Dirty Dancing. However, there are also more recent films like A Star is Born and Rocketman. Films are showing from 20 – 23 August and tickets are available from Drive-In Movies.
Flix Drive-In at Bournemouth Airport
Over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Bournemouth Airport will play host to an enormous outdoor cinema screen. Film fans can watch from the comfort and safety of their car. You can also pre-order food and drinks to be brought to your parking bay. Alongside classic movies are big films from the last year like Joker, 1917, The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen II. Tickets are priced by the car for up to 7 people at £28.35. For full listings see Flix Drive-In.
Open-air cinema at Southampton’s Royal Victoria Park
From 19 – 22 August, the Royal Victoria Park in Southampton will become a giant outdoor cinema. Deckchairs and gazebos are available to book and there is a complimentary drink with each ticket. As well as recent musical hits Rocketman and The Greatest Showman, the park will be screening classics Pretty Woman and Star Wars. All showings start at 8:30 pm and tickets can be booked from Summer Screens.
September Drive-In cinema in Southampton
We don’t yet know where in Southampton this will take place, but @TheDriveIn are hosting 4 days of drive-in cinema from 24 to 27 September. Films include Mean Girls, Grease, The Goonies and Aladdin. Tickets are £38.50 per car from @TheDriveIn.
Attending drive-in and outdoor cinema in Dorset, Bournemouth and Southampton
At the time of writing, all cinema events were still listed as going ahead. However, this may change and possibly at short notice. Most of the events in Dorset are drive-in cinema screenings viewed in your car.
Do refer to information on the event organiser’s and venues’ websites about COVID-19 precautions for attending (and also what you can bring along in terms of food and drink).
Westcountry Weekender is not connected with any of these drive-in or outdoor cinema events. All details here are for information only, rather than a recommendation or endorsement of the venues or events.