Enjoy cinema outdoors this summer as The Grove in Hertfordshire launches a pop-up series with theatre specialists Everyman. Throughout August, hotel and restaurant guests at the lush, 300-acre estate will be able to partake in a special silver screen series in the hotel’s walled garden – a secluded area with a private “beach”, comfortable beanbag chairs and, of course, popcorn and other film snacks galore.
In a nod to the surrounding verdant beauty, this first summer series will have an overarching “secret garden” theme, with films such as Pride & Prejudice and The Jungle Book taking centre screen. With more than 45 films set for mid-afternoon matinees, evening and late-night viewings, there will be programming for people of all ages and interests. Family-friendly features are set for Saturdays and Sundays at 3.30pm, available exclusively to hotel guests, with classics such as Peter Rabbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mary Poppins Returns set to charm the younger crowd. Evening screenings at 8pm from Wednesday through to Sunday nights will feature films suitable for a 12-plus-year-old audience, including Wonder Woman, The Greatest Showman, Green Book and Captain Marvel, while late-night screenings will take place on Friday through to Sunday nights from 10.45pm. From A Star Is Born to The Blair Witch Project to Gone Girl, expect a selection of racier, often spine-tingling flicks that will pair perfectly with a cocktail.
The curated mix of films has been chosen by Everyman and will play on an enormous screen, with The Grove’s Potting Shed restaurant and bountiful kitchen garden as a backdrop. For a night of film, cocktails and dinner provided by either the newly refurbished Glasshouse or the low-key-yet-lovely Stables bistro, the hour’s drive from central London is well worth the effort.