Friday, 5 April 2013

Disney classics, a royal night and an Oscar winning finale bring summer movie magic to England's greatest Elizabethan house

Hollywood blockbusters, animated classics, royal extravaganzas and a blast of Bond offer visitors to Lincolnshire’s Burghley House a feast of film this summer set against a stunning backdrop.

Four days of movie magic will transform Burghley’s picturesque and private South Gardens into a spectacular outdoor cinema during August.

Film will take centre stage from the 1st-4th August when a big screen is set up against the backdrop of the magnificent Elizabethan palace overlooking the beautiful South Gardens, Capability Brown lake and the sweeping parkland beyond.

No stranger to the world of movies, the House was used as a key filming location for Keira Knightley’s  ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 2005 as well as playing a role in ‘Elizabeth the Golden Age’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

Barbecues and popcorn, Pimms and picnics will be the order of the day with something for the whole family including children’s classics ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to Bond blockbuster ‘Skyfall’ and Oscar-winning musical ‘Les Miserables’.

Early bird buyers will be able to take advantage of specially priced tickets available online now from Burghley’s website - saving £4 per ticket compared to the on-the-day price.

Tickets will be available that allow access to the South Gardens for the two family films showing each day, while for a night at the movies an evening ticket will cover two more films more geared to adult audiences. Each day gates will open for the daytime session at 10.30am and close at 4.30pm before re-opening for the evening session at 5.30pm.

Launching Burghley’s Film Festival on Thursday 1st August will be great children's classics followed by a night of royal entertainment. Adding a touch of Disney magic to England’s greatest Elizabethan House will be Aladdin (U) and Toy Story 3 (U) after which filmgoers can enjoy a night of royalty with The Duchess (12A) and The Kings Speech (12A).

For Film Festival Friday on 2nd August there will be more family favourites while the evening will belong to Bond… James Bond.

During the day, settle back to enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U) and Disney smash hit Finding Nemo (U) and for a glamorous evening get out your best James Bond attire and prepare to be shaken and stirred by Casino Royale (12) along with the highly acclaimed 50th anniversary movie Skyfall (12A).

Music takes pride of place on Saturday 3rd August when the evening will offer the ultimate cinema party atmosphere with sing-a-long greats Grease (PG) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (12A) while the children can come in costume for the daytime shows of Tangled (PG) and Shrek (U).

Burghley’s movie bonanza comes to a rousing finale with Film Festival Sunday on the 4th August, which kicks-off with amazing animal animations… and ends with the biggest British movie of the year. Daytime entertainment will be The Jungle Book (U) and The Lion King (U) while who could ask for a grander location to see Oscar-winning musical Les Miserables (12A) in the evening?

Tickets are priced at £6 for adults until 30th June; £8 until 31st July and £10 on the gates. Child tickets are priced at £4. For full details of opening times and to book online tickets, visit

About Burghley

Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is England’s greatest Elizabethan House. Burghley is owned and maintained by Burghley House Preservation Trust, which looks after a huge collection of great works of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings, the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the West, exceptional 18th century furniture and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and his followers. The Trust also maintains a 13,000-acre estate including residential, commercial and agricultural lettings, woodland and Burghley Park, which is open daily at no charge.

The House is open from Saturday 16th March to Sunday 3rd November 2013 daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). Admission: House and The Gardens of Surprise - adults £12.70; children (3–15 years) £6.50; seniors/students £11.50; family (2 adults & 2 children) £34.

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