Picnics, camping chairs and sun cream (or rain macs…) at the ready – there’s an excellent line-up of outdoor theatre and cinema to enjoy in Bath this summer.

Including family-friendly performances set against picturesque backdrops, musical blockbusters and more, here’s our pick of some of the best.

David Walliams' Awful Auntie at Bowood House & Gardens (28th July & 20th August)

Watch an adaptation of David Walliams’ much-loved children’s book Awful Auntie on an outdoor stage in the idyllic Bowood House gardens. Heartbreak Productions perform the story of Stella Saxby, whose awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl are on a dastardly mission to steal Stella's inheritance. 

Bowood House gardens
Image - Bowood House

The Garden Theatre Fest at Holburne Museum (29th July – 13th August)

The Holburne Museum’s picturesque garden will be transformed into an open-air theatre for the second edition of this family-friendly theatre festival. This year, there'll be over 20 performances from nationally renowned companies, including a cabaret retelling of Julie Andrews' life and a hilarious production of everyone's favourite woodland tale, Wind in the Willows. 

The Garden Theatre Fest at Holburne Museum
Image - The Garden Theatre Fest

Adventure Cinema at Bowood House & Gardens (29th – 31st July)  

Three nights of open-air, blockbuster cinema is coming to Bowood House & Gardens. Be dazzled by West Side Story, sing along to Mamma Mia or be charmed by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 

As You Like It presented by The Lord Chamberlain's Men at Dyrham Park (29th & 30th July)

One of the UK's finest touring theatre companies present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, by an all-male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. The magnificent grounds of Dyrham Park provide the picturesque backdrop. 

The Lord Chamberlain's Men performing outdoors
Image - The Lord Chamberlain's Men

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Bowood House & Gardens (10th & 11th August)

There's more open-air Shakespeare at Bowood House & Gardens in August, when The Duke's Theatre Company perform their take on comic fairy tale A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prepare for an original performance filled with live music, beautiful design and theatrical magic.

If Opera's 2022 Season (19th August – 2nd September) 

If Opera's spectacular summertime performances will take place under the cover of the Saddlespan theatre at Belcombe Court, with the chance to picnic on the grounds, drink at the alfresco bar, and explore the gardens beforehand. Both opera aficionados and newcomers to the artform will want to experience this year's productions – find out why here

The Luna Cinema at Royal Crescent Bath (16th & 17th September) 

Settle in for cinema under the stars at one of Bath's most beautiful landmarks. The Luna Cinema is bringing two hit musicals to the Royal Crescent lawns, West Side Story and Moulin Rouge!. 

Luna Cinema on Royal Crescent lawns
Image - Luna Cinema

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Dyrham Park
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