Competition: WIN tickets to Picnic Cinema’s Burlesque Ball

Polly Checkland Harding
Still from Moulin Rouge with Jim Broadbent

Enter our competition to win tickets to Picnic Cinema’s Burlesque Ball, set in a 17th-century ruin and featuring Moulin Rouge.

For the final event in a superb summer season, Picnic Cinema are hosting a Burlesque Ball at Kirklinton Hall. This 17th-century ruin, though stunning, doesn’t at first seem the most obvious setting for an evening of feather boa revelry; not much more than a shell, the hall, which is being slowly restored, boasts a such domesticities as a vegetable garden, fruit orchard and a handful of pigs (Hermoine, Ursula and The Empress of Kirklinton).

A screening in an historic ruin, a Bacchic dance party and a spot of outdoor eating and camping

Delve back into its past, however, and you’ll find that the hall was once the Borders Country Club – a casino and nightclub complete with a glass-floored ballroom, exotic dancers and gamblers who flew in by private plane to Carlisle. So although the party-goers who’ll be rocking up to the site will be more likely to have packed a tent than gambling chips, a suitably decadent celebration awaits: there will be entertainment, a screening of Moulin Rouge (12A) beneath a temporary roof in the grand hall and dancing to Balkan beats, Middle Eastern grooves and electro swing. The pigs may or may not make an appearance.

So, if a screening in an historic ruin, a Bacchic dance party and a spot of outdoor eating and camping appeals, then this competition is for you. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Picnic Cinema’s Burlesque Ball featuring Moulin Rouge at Kirklinton Hall on Saturday 5 September – as well as four drinks tokens to spend on the night (there’s a bar but no food on offer – you’ll need to bring your own). All you have to do is pop your details in the form below to be in with a chance of winning. The competition closes at 10am on Friday 31 July – good luck!


Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of Creative Tourist, Picnic Cinema, Eden Arts or associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. The offer is for a pair of tickets to Picnic Cinema’s Burlesque Ball at Kirklinton Hall on Saturday 5 September, as well as four drink tokens to spend on the night. Closing date: 10am, Friday 31 July.

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