Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to get the most out of Summer Nights Film Festival,
therefore, we have answered some of the most common questions we
receive about our outdoor film screenings and the booking process below:

Click on the question to reveal the answer.

Q: What time will the screening start?

A: Doors will open at the time displayed on your tickets and confirmation email. The film will not start until natural light levels are sufficiently low, this will be approximately 30 minutes after sunset.

Q: What happens in bad weather?

A: Screenings will still go ahead in inclement weather conditions and are never cancelled more than 12 hours ahead of the screening time as the weather can change rapidly. In the event we consider the safety of the audience could be compromised the screening may be cancelled at short notice. Cancellations will always be a last resort and only authorised by joint decision of the QUAD technical manager and venue management. In the event of a cancellation tickets will be exchanged for another screening during the Summer Nights Film Festival 2017 where possible. Refund availability will be dependent on the cancellation circumstances.

Q: Can I bring a disposable barbecue?

A: Barbecues, fireworks and bonfires are strictly not allowed on site.

Q: Can I smoke at the screening?

A: Smoking is permitted at most venues, but please check with the venue for their smoking policy. Where smoking is permitted, we ask visitors to move away from the crowd to smoke, out of respect for other audience members.

Q: What should I wear?

A: The screenings are all held outdoors so please ensure you wear appropriate clothing but also feel free to embrace the grandeur of the events and turn out in your dapper best! At previous events we have also had patrons arrive in fancy dress appropriate for the film screening! Please bear in mind that it can get chilly later in the evenings so make sure you bring something warm to wrap up in.

Q: Will food and drink be available on site?

A: Each venue will have some food and drink provision available to purchase on the night. This year we have teamed up with some fantastic food and drink partners, including Hackwood Farm, Bobby's Bar and Flow Catering who will be on site at RHS Garden Wisley, Kedleston Hall, Nostell, Calke Abbey, Clumber Park, Hardwick Hall, Wollaton Hall, Dunham Massey, Attingham Park and Blickling Estate. You can even pre-order a beautiful, premium and tasty picnic hamper when ordering tickets to these venues. Please see our Food & Drink page for more information. You are also welcome to bring your own picnics.

Q: Can I bring tables and chairs?

A: Please note that no seats are provided and you should bring chairs or other suitable items to sit on. Seating is in the open air on variable ground conditions so please ensure you bring appropriate provision for your needs. Gazebo-style tents, awnings or canopies or any item which could obscure other patrons’ views are not permitted. Small tables are permitted but they must be kept to the sides or collapsed during the screening.

Q: What else should I bring?

A: You may wish to bring a torch and some blankets as it can get cold in the evenings!

Q: I have specific access requirements will I be able to attend?

A: Each venue has its own access information and visitors are asked to check with individual venues for specific information.

Q: Do any of the screenings include subtitles?

A: This year two of our screenings will include subtitles; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) at Calke Abbey and The Dark Knight Rises (12A) at Wollaton Hall.

Q: Is parking available on site?

A: All venues have parking on site. Please check individual venues for specific parking information.

Q: Where and when can I purchase tickets?

A: Tickets are available to buy online up to 2 days prior to the screening or from QUAD Box Office in Derby up to 24 hours before the event. Tickets are also available to purchase on the night if there is still capacity. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to buy a ticket on the night. Customers must bring their tickets with them to the screening and may be refused entry without them. In the event of a lost ticket please contact our Box Office 48 hours before the event on 01332 290606.

Q: Can I bring children to the screening?

A: Children are welcome to attend our events, but please be aware that they must adhere to the film's certification and our team will have to check ID to make sure that audience members are the suitable age to see the film. In 2017 we introduced a new ticket price for under 12s. Children under 5 go free.

Q: Are there any discounts available for groups?

A: For groups of 8 or more, the early bird price of £11 each will be available to buy online or at QUAD Box Office until the Thursday before the screening. This group offer is not available from venues on the night of the screening.

Q: Can I bring a dog to the screening?

A: Venue policies differ so we ask audiences to check with the individual venue to find out their dog policy before attending.

Q: Can I hire Summer Nights for a private event?

A: Yes, our TechsQUAD team offer hire for private events, please contact for more details.

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