Picnic Cinema, Cumbria

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Image courtesy of Eden Arts

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Picnic Cinema, the North’s number one outdoor cinema, ups the ante this summer with their latest season of cult and classic cinema events set in spectacular locations. Once again, the premier attraction is a series of screenings of Withnail & I at Sleddale Hall a.k.a Crow Crag or Uncle Monty’s Cottage, where the classic was filmed near Shap, Cumbria just over 30 years ago.

This year, the outdoor cinema specialists have also lined up a Muncaster Castle Weekender. Set in the grounds of the Grade I listed building, Picnic Cinema will host extravagant screenings of cult comedies The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Big Lebowski.

Meanwhile, brave film fans can set up camp in Hamsterley Forest in County Durham for a nighttime viewing of British werewolf flick, Dog Soldiers.  Picknickers will also have the opportunity to see Ben Wheatley’s horror-comedy Sightseers at Lowther Castle — a location not far from those featured in the film.

The folk behind Picnic Cinema have built up quite a following in the six years since they started, with guests flying in from around the world to attend screenings. Each event features music and games specially tailored to the films and attendees are encouraged to don their best movie inspired fancy dress and prepare to party.

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