Open-air film festival is back

Emma Seed's submitted Wallington picture.
Emma Seed's submitted Wallington picture.

A summer film festival will return to a Northumberland attraction this year.

Summer Nights 2016 is back for its sixth year at 14 national locations including the National Trust’s Wallington in September.

Presented on an inflatable 12-metre screen by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, Summer Nights Festival screenings offer the chance to enjoy the great outdoors for a unique cinematic experience.

This expanding festival runs from July until September 2016, and the film screenings include some of the biggest titles of 2015 alongside popular feel-good films.

Wallington will see the classic Dirty Dancing (12A) on screen on Friday, September 2, and The Lady in the Van on Saturday, September 3.

In Dirty Dancing, Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman spends summer in a holiday camp and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Writer Alan Bennett brings us the true story from his life in The Lady In The Van. A homeless woman (played by Dame Maggie Smith) parks on Bennett’s driveway for three weeks... and stays for 15 years.

Situated in the heart of Northumberland, Wallington is home to generations of the Trevelyan family, surrounded by lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland.

Doors will be open for the screenings at 6.30pm and the film will start shortly after sunset.

Tickets for the screenings are now available to book at a discounted ‘early bird’ rate of £11 – if purchased up to six weeks in advance of any screening; the early bird price is also available at any time for group bookings of four or more people.

Early bird tickets are only available through QUAD Box office. After the advance period, standard tickets cost £13, tickets for children aged under five years are free. For more information, visit www.summernightsfilm.co.uk or call 01332 290606.