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Seven Sizzling Drive-in Cinemas Near You

Missing the big screen? Here's the lowdown on the best drive-in (and picnic) cinemas across Herts and Beds.

First off – what’s it like going to a drive-in?! Is it fun?! We were intrigued and just had to road test it for you. Poor us.

Rolling up the drive to Hatfield House one evening earlier this week felt pretty special. Actually, it was like total magic after months of not going out. We were ushered into a sweet-spot of a parking space in front of the massive screen and there was a great, festival-like, food stall set up, with one of those double-decker bus bars and a cocktail station. Cosmopolitans, here I come!

And The Screen Space’s movie-experience was technically fantastic – with a super-slick 4K screen and high end sound systems. We went for Jaws. Classic. These drive ins are such a great opportunity to see cult films on the big screen. Just make sure your radio works before you go (for the sound) – we had a rather tense moment, but thankfully our rather dated wagon pulled through. Phew.

Seven Super Cinemas Near You


The Screen Space, Hatfield House

The Screen Space at Hatfield offers both picnic movies or drive-in, depending on the weather. With titles ranging from Toy Story and The Lion King to Slumdog Millionaire, Dumb and Dumber and Emma.This innovative set up doesn’t stop at films either , with an amazing host of fitness instructors running classes on site – including HIIT and sunrise yoga. Ommmmm. And, if you’re looking for summer holiday fun, look no further. Kids classes are also on offer, such as street dance and theatre. Nice.

Until 31st August, tickets from £18.50

Luna Drive In, Knebworth House

The famous Luna outdoor cinema has parked up at Glorious Knebworth until the 2nd of August. This slick outfit boasts a super HD screen, awesome sound (you get a speaker on your dashboard), and some great film and theatre – Rocketman, Dirty Dancing and the Royal Opera House performance of La Traviata among them. You can even order from a great food menu of retro Hot Dogs & Burgers, oven-baked pizza. Oh errr.

Until 2nd August, tickets from £35 to £80 (for the luxury experience – involving a BED in the back of a decked out Mitsuishi truck. Get in).

Drive In Movies, Hertfordshire Showground

This clever outfit offers a range of cool options – with a fab frange of films from The Italian Job and Jaws to Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; free tickets for NHS workers and their friends and family; and an awesome VIP package. Fancy watching the screening from the comfort of an original 1950s Ford Galaxie 500, decked out with an insane sound system? Well, I do! For those of you wanting a more down to earth experience, you can get take the whole family in the car for just £30, and you can even order your food and drink online before you go. Snazzy.

Until 9th August, tickets from £30

The Summer Open Air Cinema , Luton Hoo

OK, so this is more of a picnic set up than a drive-in, but it’s totally worth a mention. Set in the stunning surrounds of the South Lake on the majestic Luton Hoo estate, this outdoor cinema experience is one for the books. And if you want to make a weekend of it, why not book in for a night at the gorgeous Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa? Special rates are available from £87.50 per person. Make a note in your diary, though, as this cinema only runs in the last week of August. Get your dates booked in for Grease, Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Downtown, Judy or Military Wives NOW.

26th August – 1st September, tickets from £15pp


Luna Cinema, Wrest Park

Another fab Luna cinema offering – this time at Bedfordshire’s stately Wrest Park. The screen is positioned in front of the fountain, so you have the crazily grand back drop of the house and it’s formal gardens. Quite something. The Luna Bar will be onsite to top up your tipples and gourmet food vans are also part of the set up. This pop-up is just a two-nighter, with Rocketman on the 21st August and Dirty Dancing on the 22nd. So get booking!

21 -22nd August, tickets from £16

Night Star Cinema, Turvey House

This is another limited run – so get your diaries out if you’re keen! And you should be, as this one is set in 150 acres of parkland attached to Grade I listed Turvey House. The films showing are the fab Richard Curtis/ Danny Boyle winner, Yesterday, and, of course, the drive-in classic – Grease. There will be food and drinks on site, including some very special Japanese BBQ fare from the award winning chefs at Burnt.

21st -22nd August, tickets from £16

The Sharnbrook Hotel Open Air Cinema, Sharnbrook

This Bedford option has a great value ticket package for two. For 50, you get a great spot in front of the screen, as well as pizzas, desserts and drinks delivered to your vehicle. Now that’s the life, eh? Additional food stalls are also available, in case you’re still peckish. Films to book now, include Ronin and Dirty Dancing. Baby, that sounds good.

Until 25th July, Tickets from £22.15–bedford/screenings/

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