The Luna Cinema, the UK's No. 1 open-air cinema, is back with a bang. It's just unveiled its biggest summer season to date with 150 screenings at spectacular locations across the country. Fittingly for a year of royal celebration, many of the screens are set up in the grounds of castles and palaces, with others popping up at racecourses, botanical gardens and even an open-air swimming pool.
Roll out a blanket and enjoy a picnic with loved ones at this fantastic summer season of cinema under the stars, across the UK from May until October. For an added touch of luxury, buy a premium ticket for a prime viewing position in a branded director's chair, plus a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar and a souvenir goody bag.
Here are our highlights of this summer's best screening locations. To see the complete schedule of venues and films, visit thelunacinema.com.
The immaculate gardens of this royal residence in West London make for the ultimate setting to watch a movie under the stars. Relax amid the splendour on the lawn of the Orangery for an enchanted evening of classic cinema.
• What's showing: Spectre (2 August), The Breakfast Club (3 August), Four Weddings and a Funeral (4 August), Some Like It Hot (5 August)
THE TOWER OF LONDON
This London landmark, standing tall in the heart of the city on the banks of the Thames, is steeped in history. The majestic architecture of the fortress, which dates back to the 11th century, is a suitably dramatic backdrop to big-screen thrills.
• On the bill: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (9 August), Gladiator (10 August), Romeo + Juliet (11 August)
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
The stunning grounds of the royal palace on the outskirts of London, once home to Henry VIII, offer audiences a unique cinematic experience. Tickets include access to the gardens, so as well as catching a movie classic, you can relax and watch the sun set over one of our most impressive royal attractions.
• On the bill: Pretty Woman (12 August), Jaws (13 August), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (2 September), Notting Hill (3 September)
Built in the 18th century and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this breathtaking location is a Unesco World Heritage site. The Oxfordshire venue has also starred in a host of movies, including James Bond's latest big-screen adventure, which is just one of the films you can enjoy at this beautiful location.
• On the bill: Spectre (16 September), Dirty Dancing (17 September), Back to the Future (18 September)
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, EDINBURGH
Originally founded in the 17th century as a physic garden to grow medicinal herbs, this popular Scottish attraction is now a world-renowned centre for plant science and education and provides a beautiful environment to enjoy outdoor cinema.
• On the bill: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2 September), Romeo + Juliet (3 September), Jurassic Park (4 September)
What better way to spend a balmy summer's evening than watching a favourite film with friends and family while sharing a picnic in what is widely viewed as the world’s greatest botanical gardens and one of London's best-loved attractions?
On the bill: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (24August), Jurassic Park (25 August), Mean Girls (7 September), Labyrinth (8 September)
Originally erected in the reign of William the Conqueror and redeveloped in medieval times, one of England's oldest castles is steeped in almost 1,000 years of history. Nestling in beautiful countryside by the river Avon, the castle is sure to capture the hearts of outdoor cinema fans.
• On the bill: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (8 September), Notting Hill (9 September)
Britain's oldest enclosed royal park is also a World Heritage Site and home to the Prime Meridian Line, making the South London venue particularly suitable to screen timeless classics.
• On the bill: Aliens (22 July), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (23 July), Labyrinth (24 July)
The Kent attraction oozes history and is one of the world's most beautiful castles, making it a truly spell-binding setting for open-air cinema.
• On the bill: Bridesmaids (28 July), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (29 July), Top Gun (30 July)
Lulworth Castle in East Dorset offers stunning views over the spectacular Jurassic coast, providing a thrilling backdrop to a night of cinema under the stars.
• On the bill: Labyrinth (17 August), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (18 August)
This 11th-century fortress is one of our best preserved Norman castles and home to an original 1215 Magna Carta. So what better place to catch classic films that have stood the test of time?
• On the bill: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (23 September), Grease (24 September), Rocky Horror Picture Show (25 September)
Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
• To view the full schedule and venue list and to book tickets, visit thelunacinema.com. Follow The Luna Cinema on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheLunaCinema.