Yes, the warm weather is coming!! And as each year passes, I look for new experiences that break from the ‘norm’. To me The Luna Cinema is one of those summer/autumn type of events that you have to try. I have previously tried to book tickets for the last two years, but all of my local venues sold out within days!
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
The concept is simple, its an outdoor cinema showing. But not just anywhere. The Luna Cinema is booked into some awesome venues which range from historic castles like Leeds and Cardiff, to London landmarks such as St Pauls Cathedral and Victoria Park (take a look at all of the venues here, there are so many!).
Each venue will have specific films chosen for their schedule dates, and they can be a good old 80’s classic or a semi-modern day blockbuster. I know this year my local venue is showing the Goonies and Love Actually, so you couldn’t get more different genres than that (even more excuse to go twice- I’ve already booked my tickets from the pre sale!)
You can purchase a standard ticket which is £13.50-£15 dependent on venue (with a transaction fee) which allows you access into the grounds. This means you are free and able to bring your own blanket, cushions etc.
Or there is an option to purchase a premium ticket which is £27.50 and includes a directors chair in a prime position, a drink at the bar, queue jump to the bar and a goody bag courtesy of The Luna Cinema Partners.
With the purchase of all tickets there is an additional option to pre-order and pay for Luna blankets and backrests ready for collection on the day of arrival.
Its personal preference, but for me, the fun is going to watch a film in the outdoors, where you can lay on a blanket you already own and can grab from home and lay on the grass with a beer or wine in hand.
Be aware that most cinema showings are scheduled for early evening onwards and not always on the weekend. This could open more options though, as you may work in a main city like London or Edinburgh and can go to a screening after work with colleagues or on a date. Just take note of the timings though in case you need to travel home and want to drink etc.
You can grab a bit to eat whilst there. This year there will be a Nacho van, BBQ van and Moggy Grill, Mini Pizza van and a Tandoor wrap station. Take a look here!
There will be a full bar service provided serving beer, wine, prosecco, cider, spirits and soft drinks.
To me these are the most important points:-
– you can bring your own picnic with food and alcoholic drink, RESULT!! All the organisers ask is that you bring plastic cups and cutlery as opposed to glass and metal.
-you can bring your own picnic chair or blanket to sit on.
Having missed out for the last two years as tickets sold out within weeks, I signed up for email alerts, and this year was sent pre sale ticket information. I did not hesitate and booked my tickets straight away and even arranged for some friends to purchase tickets alongside us.
Which leads me nicely onto my next point. This really is an event where you can go on your own, as a couple, a group of friends, family or work colleagues. You get to socialise, sit/lay in the British summer weather, eat, drink and watch a classic film. What’s better than that hey!?
If you wish to take children, all they need to do is adhere to the film’s certification, but otherwise anybody can attend.
I cannot wait to attend this year, even more so now I have booked my tickets and know that I have some new experiences to look forward to.
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