Summer Nights Film Festival 2016


Starting on 15th July, Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor movie screenings in beautiful National Trust/Heritage locations held throughout the summer. Last year we watched Interstellar at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, armed with our picnic…


Some things I would highly recommend to make your night nice and comfortable are:

  • Most importantly – fabulous food! Last year others took fish & chips, and even take away pizza! Some of the venues will also be offering hot food, but it’s best to check before you go. (Barbecues are not allowed) I do enjoy packing up a picnic though, as you have something to graze on all night! With the help of Pinterest, I’m already planning what I’ll take this time…



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  • Picnic blanket/small table for your food
  • Fold out chairs
  • Hot & cold drinks
  • Cutlery, crockery, glasses & napkins – disposable preferrably as you may have to carry your goodies a little way from the car and the real thing will weigh a tonne on top of everything else you have (talking from experience!)
  • Corkscrew/ bottle opener
  • Bread board & knife – makes it easier when you have comething to lean on
  • Wet wipes
  • PLENTY of warm clothes – it might be summer but it is still the UK! It does get chilly after dark and even though it was July when we went, you could see your breath!
  • Blankets/sleeping bag/cushions – this may sound ridiculous but even if you are lifted off the ground in your fold out chair, dressed in all your warmest layers, you may still get cold! These will keep you snuggly till the end and free to enjoy the film!
  • Torch – to find the car!
  • Rubbish bag for taking everything away when you’re done


It really is great fun and people make a real occasion out of it – you can check the schedule and buy your Summer Nights Film Festival 2016 tickets here! We’ll be spending the last bank holiday of the year feasting all night and watching The Dark Knight Rises at Batman’s ‘actual’ house – Wollaton Hall! Here’s hoping the weather is kind!


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