Outdoor Cinema Events in Dorset This Summer

June 28th, 2019

There are a number of outdoor film screenings taking place across Dorset this summer. With screens set in prime locations across the county, including subtropical gardens, castle ruins and even the beach, what better way to watch some of the latest releases. Whether you’re looking for a unique experience with the children or a romantic date night with your other half, a night spent watching a film under the stars is a magical experience that you won’t forget! All of the venues are in close proximity to our Swanage Holiday Park, meaning you can head home, warm up and head to bed after a fulfilled evening.


Lulworth Castle

13th, 14th and 15th August 2019

Enjoy some of best of the silver screen beneath the stunning backdrop of Lulworth Castle. Once home to 17th century kings, this historic venue is the perfect setting to cuddle down and watch a film in the great outdoors. Lulworth castle lights up in beautiful colours for the event, creating a wonderful atmosphere and some incredible photo opportunities.

The Luna Bar will be open throughout the evening alongside a number of gourmet food stands. Sample a delicious selection of food and drinks whilst you lay back and watch the film beneath the stars. If you’d like to treat yourself to the full VIP experience, why not purchase a premium ticket, which reserves you a director’s chair in a prime position and a complimentary drink!


13th  August – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

14th August – The Greatest Showman

14th August – Bohemian Rhapsody

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Studland Bay

10th August 2019

The ‘Stars by the Sea’ event is a must during your stay at Ulwell Holiday Park. Watch box office favourite, A Star is Born from the shores of beautiful Knoll Beach as you relax in spectacular scenery with sand between your toes. Bring a picnic blanket or camping chair for added comfort so you can really enjoy your beach experience! You won’t go hungry as you wait for the film as the £20 entrance fee includes a fish and chip supper from the local café.

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Corfe Castle

23rd, 24th, 25th August 2019

Sit amongst the ruins of Corfe Castle to watch 3 fantastic films being shown during the August bank holiday weekend. Relax in the shadows of this magnificent piece of history and watch as the sun dips behind the Purbeck Hills. This wonderful event is perfect for all members of the family and even allows dogs (on leads), which is perfect for groups camping in the area.


23rd  August – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

24th August – Mary Poppins Returns

25th August – Bohemian Rhapsody

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Radipole Park

26th July 2019

To celebrate Weymouth’s first ever pride event, ‘Pride Beside the Seaside’, a family fun day will be taking place in Radipole Park. The open-air cinema will be showcasing 3 family favourites starting in the mid-afternoon, ideal timing for younger members of the family. The event also boasts a children’s fun fair, face painting, singing and a range of food stalls.


Beauty and the Beast

The Greatest Showman


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Upton Country Park

7th – 10th August 2019


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Set in the grounds of a Grade II listed Georgian Mansion, Upton Country Park is an idyllic location to enjoy a film outside. Watch some of the best recent releases from the gently sloping lawn, whilst enjoying the shelter of the trees in the estates walled garden. Why not arrive early to fully explore this wonderful location, which features a botanical garden and woodland trail.

If you fancy a more luxurious experience you can upgrade to one of the better seating packages. For an additional fee you can enjoy complimentary chocolate, popcorn and a drink from the bar as you recline on a beanbag or double deck chairs.


7th August – A Star is Born

8th August – Mary Poppins Returns

9th August – Bohemian Rhapsody

10th August – Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

24th, 25th, 26th August 2019

Pack a picnic with your favourite treat foods and enjoy a fun filled evening in Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Over the course of the August bank holiday weekend there will be 3 films shown, each providing excellent entertainment for all members of the family. As part of the entry fee you can arrive up to 2 hours before the film starts to explore the magnificent gardens. Hot food and drinks will be available each night, including a hog roast and barbeque. There will also be vegetarian and vegan options available.


24th August – Mary Poppins Returns

25th August – Grease

26th August – The Greatest showman

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Maumbury Rings

20th July 2019


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Each year there is a free family event at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester, a Roman amphitheatre just outside the town centre. The shelved hills make excellent viewing and a great atmosphere. Unlike a lot of outdoor cinemas the films are shown during the day, which is great for little viewers.


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What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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