7 magical spots for outdoor cinema in Gloucestershire

Pass the popcorn! From cinema under the stars to screenings at stunning stately homes, SoGlos has selected seven magical places to watch outdoor movies in and around Gloucestershire.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Discover the best places to catch an outdoor cinema screening in Gloucestershire this summer.
Discover the best places to catch an outdoor cinema screening in Gloucestershire this summer.

With the days getting longer and the nights warmer, make the most of the British summer and soak up an outdoor film screening in and around Gloucestershire.

SoGlos has handpicked some of the best places for Gloucestershire film fans to enjoy cinema under the stars – from stately homes to outdoor swimming pools.

Outdoor cinema at Cowley Manor in Cheltenham

Film fans can look forward to a glamorous outdoor cinema programme at Cowley Manor, near Cheltenham, this summer – with family classic Labyrinth and 2022 box office smash hits Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis being shown on the big screen overlooking the lake between July and September 2023 – all thanks to The Alfresco Film Company.

Outdoor cinema at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury

Westonbirt Arboretum provides a stunning backdrop to screenings of Top Gun: Maverick, Grease and Jurassic Park from The Luna Cinema on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2023 – with director’s chairs, cosy blankets and cinema snack boxes available to make your movie night extra special.

Outdoor cinema at Cotswold Airport

It's time to buzz the tower, as Top Gun: Maverick is coming in hot at Cotswold Airport on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2023. With the big screen set up right next to the venue's Negus 747 aircraft, it provides the perfect spot to watch this high-octane thrill ride. 

Outdoor cinema in Gloucester

Outdoor Cinema Gloucester brings the big screen to Dowty Sports Club this summer, with a screening of Top Gun: Maverick on Saturday 27 May 2023 and Dirty Dancing on Saturday 8 July 2023 — with VIP seating, hot food and a bar available, too. 

Outdoor cinema at Cirencester Park

Great Scott! The Alfresco Film Company is back at Cirencester Park this summer, with screenings of family favourite Back to the Future on Friday 11 and singalong classic Grease on Saturday 12 August 2023. Ideal for families, under 16s can come along with an accompanying adult — and there's premium deckchair seating, cinema snacks, a bar and tasty hot food available on-site as well. 

Outdoor cinema in the Forest of Dean

Bringing the big screen to the Forest of Dean, The Alfresco Film Company is hosting a special screening of Mamma Mia at The Speech House Hotel, in aid of local charity Great Oaks Hospice, on Saturday 10 June 2023. This feel-good summer favourite promises to transport moviegoers to the blissful blue shores of Greece with a soundtrack that's bound to get you singing, all to raise vital funds for the Coleford-based charity. 

Outdoor cinema at Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham

What better way to spend a summer night than with a poolside cinema screening? The Alfresco Film Company is hosting three showings at Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham, with Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Friday 25; Pretty Woman on Saturday 26; and Top Gun: Maverick on Sunday 27 August 2023. 

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