If you want to break free from the same old summer activities and try something new, then pencil in your diaries the Stonyhurst open-air cinema, coming this August.

As our Literature and Film Festival draws to a close on 17th August 2019, award-winning hit-film Bohemian Rhapsody will be shown at our open-air cinema in the grounds of the historic Stonyhurst, set against the unique backdrop of the Ribble Valley, which you’ll feel is a kind of magic.

Whilst you’re here, indulge in the on-site bar and gourmet food on offer or wrap up with your blanket and a delicious warm drink. Or, if you prefer, do your own thing and bring a picnic to watch as the show goes on.

It’s okay if you don’t arrive dead on time – come a little earlier to enjoy everything else that our Literature and Film Festival has on offer, before we will rock the Ribble Valley with our open-air show.

What is the film Bohemian Rhapsody about?

The film follows Queen frontman and rock icon Freddie Mercury (Remi Malek) as he joins the band who was then known as ‘Smile’ and goes on to become one of the most celebrated musicians in the world.

Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie looks at Freddie’s life both as part of the band Queen, and as an individual as he looks for somebody to love. The 2018 biopic was decorated with twelve awards and has become one of the most talked about films of the 21st century.

The Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival

The Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival is running from Friday 16th – Saturday 17th August 2019 and will involve celebrated authors, literary critics and key speakers covering a range of genres and topics.

Stonyhurst College has a great number of literary links: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied at the college, as did Oscar Wilde’s son, and J R. R. Tolkien is rumoured to have found his inspiration for The Shire in Lord of The Rings from the surrounding Ribble Valley.

In its museum, Stonyhurst also boasts Shakespeare’s First Folio as well as many first editions of famous books including Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

You can read more about the Stonyhurst Literature and Film Festival here.

Stonyhurst’s Open Air Cinema

August is the perfect time to spend time with good company in the sun. Whether you’re having a seaside rendezvous, holidaying in Brighton, or rock-eating with your family – there’s no denying that we love summer fun, and the Stonyhurst open-air showing of Bohemian Rhapsody is the best way to spend a summer’s eve. We will rock you with this Oscar-winning, stand out film of 2018.

Please note if you want to ride your bicycle or prefer to drive, there will be free on-site parking available throughout the day. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film will start at 9.00pm.

We expect tickets will be gone in a flash, so make sure that you book yours now to avoid disappointment. You’d be stone cold crazy to miss it!