Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Be a movie star at England’s greatest Elizabethan house - Burghley

Burghley Film Festival
Unleash your inner Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Garner or Tom Cruise and dress for the part to win a private tour of England’s greatest Elizabethan house – and watch smash-hit movie blockbusters in a spectacular outdoor setting.

One of the country’s most beautiful cinema locations is back this summer as the picturesque South Gardens at Lincolnshire’s Burghley House is transformed into a magical open-air venue.

Five nights and four days of fabulous films (30 July to 3 August 2014) offer the chance to watch everything from the acclaimed ‘War Horse’ to Monty Python comedy ‘The Holy Grail’.

Burghley Film Festival might launch with The Great Romantics (Wednesday, 30th July) - a chance to share a night under the stars with Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ or Ryan Gosling in ‘The Notebook’ - but for a chance at your own starring role, Retro Revival Night (Saturday 2nd August) must surely have top billing.

Come in costume for ‘Dirty Dancing’ or ‘Top Gun’ and you could win your very own private tour of Burghley plus a special afternoon tea for two in the Orangery Restaurant.

So, if you ever fancied being ‘Maverick’ or ‘Iceman’ from ‘Top Gun’ or keen to have the ‘The Time of My Life’ as ‘Baby’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’, then Retro Revival Night is the one for you!

Even better, early bird tickets are still available, saving £2 on the gate price. Until 29 July, tickets are £10, while on the gate tickets from 30th July cost £12. Child tickets are £4, in advance or on the day.

Double bill presentations will offer family-focussed shows during the day, including ‘Despicable Me 2’, while evening screenings also feature ‘Bourne Identity’ and ‘Argo’.

To go along with the fabulous films, Burghley will also be offering fabulous food. During all screenings, the Great British Barbecue will have all the summer outdoor favourites, with all the meat sourced from local producers.

Summer nights would not be complete without jugs of Pimms, and also on sale will be cold beer, wine and cocktails, while to keep the children happy, snacks, popcorn, ice-cream and new home-made fruit juice slushies are sure to prove popular.

Make a weekend of it and stay over to enjoy the Film Festival as well make the most of everything else the House and Gardens has to offer. The William Cecil (, situated at the original entrance gates to Burghley, is only a 30-minute stroll through the parkland from the House and the Festival. The Bull and Swan (, just down the road in Stamford, offers a more relaxed atmosphere and great pub food too.

Gates open for the daytime sessions at 10.30am and remain open until 4.30pm with daytime film tickets giving access to both screenings during the day. Gates for the evening session open at 5.30pm and tickets for the evening session give access to both evening screenings. Limited numbers of tickets are available for each session. The House and Gardens will also be open every day during the Festival and can be visited on a normal admission ticket.

For full details of all the movies, and to book online tickets, visit or telephone 01780 752451.

The full Film Festival line-up: 

Wednesday, 30th July – The Great Romantics: 6.00pm Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG); The Notebook (12A). Thursday, 31st July – 11.30am Monsters University (U); 2.15pm Despicable Me 2 (U). Python Night: 6.30pm Monty Python and The Holy Grail (12); 8.15pm Monty Python’s Life of Brian (15).  Friday 1st August – Action and Espionage: 11.30am Incredibles (U); 2.15pm Johnny English (PG); 6.30pm Bourne Identity (12); 8.40pm Argo (15). Saturday 2nd August – 11.30am Epic (U); 2.15pm Stardust (PG); Retro Revival Night: 6.30pm Dirty Dancing (12); 8.40pm Top Gun (PG). Sunday 3rd August – ‘Great’ Britain: 11.30am The Little Mermaid (U); 2.15pm Bedknobs and Broomsticks (U); 7.00pm War Horse (PG).

Burghley House is open until Sunday 2 November 2014, daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). Admission: House and The Gardens of Surprise - adults £13; children (3–15 years) £6.50; seniors/students £11.80; family (2 adults & 3 children) £35.

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