Torre Abbey Open Air Cinema Festival

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(Last Updated On: July 2, 2019)

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The hugely popular Open Air Cinema Festival returns to Torre Abbey this August for a third consecutive year and promises two weeks of alfresco cinema magic.

Set under the stars amongst the stunning romantic ruins of the Abbey’s award winning gardens, popular blockbuster movies, cult classics and family favourites will be screened over nine nights.

Screenings are confirmed for The Greatest Showman: Sing Along, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Labyrinth, Moulin Rouge, A Star is Born, and Mary Poppins Returns. There’s also a surprise screening which will be announced nearer the time.

A fully licensed bar and a range of cinema snacks and popcorn will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets for all screenings are available through the Abbey’s website at

In addition to the Open Air Cinema Festival, there are also a range of Open Air Theatre performances taking place for all the family enjoy. These include The Wind in the Willows, The Comedy of Errors and Mister Magnolia, not forgetting a brand new exhibition for the summer The BFG in Pictures, a touring exhibition from the House of Illustration featuring 40 reproductions of Quentin Blake’s illustrations from Roald Dahl’s much-loved story. The illustrations provide a unique insight into the development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been…

With specially curated exhibitions, permanent collections, award winning gardens and a full programme of events and activities, there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Torre Abbey this summer.

For more information and to buy tickets go to


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!