Painshill puts on the greatest show with a long weekend of musical movie magic

The big screen comes to the great outdoors this summer as historic Painshill in Surrey offers film fans the chance to enjoy three nights of open-air cinema in its stunning grounds.

Guests are invited to pull up a chair under a blanket of stars to watch three musical movie classics set against the beautiful backdrop of the 18th century landscape garden’s Serpentine Lake.

The grounds will ring to the sounds of Moulin Rouge! on 20th August, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on 21st August, and The Greatest Showman on 22nd August. Each night, drinks will be on offer from Corks Occasions and the Painshill bar. The tearooms will be closed, but guests are welcome to bring a picnic along with their own blankets and chairs.

Director Paul Griffiths said: “Sitting under the stars at an open-air cinema is an unforgettable summer experience, and the spectacular grounds here at Painshill will make this even more magical.

“We do love a musical and what could be better than singing along to one of your favourites on a balmy evening by the shimmering waters of the Serpentine Lake?

“In true British style, the event will go ahead whatever the weather, but cover or shade is not available, so do consider that carefully when making your booking.”

Designed in the 18th century by Charles Hamilton, the beautiful landscaped garden at Painshill fell into ruins until it was saved by the  Painshill Trust in the 1980s. Hamilton designed the garden as a walk through a work of art, taking the visitor past theatrically placed follies, a Serpentine lake, vineyard and a heritage collection of trees and shrubs.

The events run from 7pm–11pm and are ticket-only. Tickets cost £18 for adults (£15 for members), and £14 for children (£11 for members).

Bookings can be made at


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