Amazing outdoor cinema experiences in Dorset this summer

People recline on blankets in front of a large screen outdoors

Enjoy a summer treat - Credit: Son Tung Tran, Pexels

Enjoy a classic film under the stars while the weather is warm.

The summer was made for unusual and exciting events while there are extra hours of daylight, and mild evenings. One such activity is al fresco cinema which became very popular whilst traditional cinemas were closed. Some outdoor cinemas allow you to enjoy from the comfort of your car whilst others encourage bringing a blanket or deck chair. Picnics and drinks are encouraged, plus many venues will have alternative food vans and outdoor bars.

Here are just five amazing Dorset locations offering a range of films for your enjoyment. We will add further listings as and when they become available.

Keyneston Mill

Watch the glorious sunset over the gardens, then snuggle down in our bistro garden to watch your favourite feel good film. They have a huge range to choose from across the summer.

What's On:

Moulin Rouge - 30th June

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Amelie - 23rd June

La La Land - 7th July

Chocolat - 14th July

Little Miss Sunshine - 23rd July

Pride and Prejudice - 28th July

House of Gucci - 4th August

Bohemian Rhapsody - 11th August

The Imitation Game - 18th August

The King's Speech - 25th August

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 8th September

Yesterday - 14th September

Dirty Dancing - 1st September

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Purbeck Film Festival

For 27 years, the Purbeck Film Festival has celebrated the best of cinema, from classic to newcomers. This year, they are very excited to be back in full swing with a great summer line-up at both Corfe Castle and Durlston Castle.

What's On:

A Quiet Place - 28th July

Captain Fantastic - 29th July

Sing 2 - 26th August

No Time To Die - 27th August

West Side Story - 28th August

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Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle, with views over the Jurassic coast, is a 17th-century castle that has hosted French kings and music festivals. Each summer, it becomes the most exciting cinema venue in the Southwest, perfect for those warm evenings.

What's On:

Spiderman: No Way Home - 9th August

West Side Story - 10th August

Grease - 11th August

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Kingston Lacy

National Trust’s Kingston Lacy is a beauty spot of epic proportions. A lavish family home re-imagined as a Venetian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside…it’s the perfect spot for cinema under the stars.

What's On:

No Time to Die - 20th September

West Side Story - 21st September

Dirty Dancing - 22nd September

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This fully equipped sports and leisure venue is sited within 47 acres of beautiful parkland, making it a stunning location for a night of cinema under the open sky. 

What's On:

Dirty Dancing - 26th August

Mamma Mia - 27th August

Encanto - 28th August

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