A drive-in cinema is coming to Gulliver's Valley for Christmas - here are the classic movies you can see

A drive-in cinema run by a Sheffield events company is returning for Christmas – switching its location from the grounds of a city hotel to the Gulliver’s Valley theme park.

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 12:00 pm

The Village Screen has been popping up to show movies at unusual places, such as the outdoor pool in Hathersage, Ecclesall Woods and Castleton's Peak Cavern, since 2015.

Over the past five years the venture has gained momentum, with screenings being held across the country for tens of thousands of people.

Earlier this year organisers came up with a socially-distanced way of showing movies by launching the Drive Thru Cinema, and the first events in Sheffield took place at the Kenwood Hall Hotel in Nether Edge in summer.

The Village Screen pop-up cinema at Kenwood Hall. Picture: The Village Green Events Company.
The Village Screen pop-up cinema at Kenwood Hall. Picture: The Village Green Events Company.

Now a seasonal version is set to take place in the grounds of Gulliver’s Valley, in Rotherham, in December when lockdown restrictions are expected to have been eased enough to allow household ‘bubbles’ to attend.

Street food from Sheffield catering company PJ Taste will be on offer, along with a menu of winter drinks and treats such as hot chocolate and mulled wine. There will be musical entertainment from a DJ, too.

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The line-up of films is as follows:

Street food will be served at the drive-in cinema. Picture: The Village Green Events Company.

Thursday, December 17 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: doors at 6.40pm, film at 8pm

Friday, December 18 – It’s a Wonderful Life: doors at 6.40pm, film at 8pm

Saturday, December 19 – The Muppet Christmas Carol: doors at 3.10pm, film at 4.30pm

Saturday, December 19 – Die Hard: doors at 6.40pm, film at 8pm

Household 'bubbles' should be able to attend when lockdown restrictions are eased. Picture: The Village Green Events Company.

Sunday, December 20 – Elf: doors at 3.10pm, film at 4.30pm

Sunday, December 20 – Love Actually: doors at 6.40pm, film at 8pm

Monday, December 21 – Home Alone: doors at 3.10pm, film at 4.30pm

Monday, December 21 – Bridget Jones’s Diary: doors at 6.40pm, film at 8pm

Gulliver’s Valley, in Rotherham, opened in July. Picture: Chris Etchells.

“These events will feel intimate and special, with the wooded grounds at Gulliver’s Valley providing the perfect winter wonderland setting for a memorable, festive treat,” the organisers promise.

“The Village Screen will be adding some additional festive surprises to these events too.”

Each car will be given its own sanitised speaker system and films will be projected onto a 24ft inflatable screen.

Tickets, costing £38 per car plus booking fee, go on sale on Friday, November 13 at 9am via https://www.thevillagescreen.com/whats-on.

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