There’s something truly magical about watching a movie under the open sky. The stars twinkling overhead, the gentle rustle of the wind, the screen glowing in the darkness – it’s an experience that transcends the traditional cinema setting.
Outdoor movie events have always held a special place in my heart, particularly as a choice for date nights. There’s a certain romance to it, a sense of shared experience that’s perfect for nurturing young love. But it’s not just for couples – these events also offer a fantastic family atmosphere, making them a perfect outing for people of all ages.
This year, the Screen on the Green 2023 has absolutely nailed their movie selection. The lineup is a delightful mix of new releases and timeless classics, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of animated adventures, musicals, or superhero action, you’re in for a treat. It’s a testament to the event’s commitment to cater to a wide array of cinematic tastes, and I can’t wait to see these films light up the screen.
Nestled in the heart of vibrant central Hertfordshire, just 25 minutes from London, lies the tranquil town of Welwyn Garden City. This summer, this charming town is set to host the Screen on the Green 2023. A perfect blend of town and country, Welwyn Garden City is renowned for its wide tree-lined avenues, large green open spaces, and rich heritage. The event is not just a film festival; it’s a celebration of cinema, a gathering of community, and a testament to the town’s vibrant cultural scene.
Details of the Event and Featured Films
The Screen on the Green 2023, proudly sponsored by Specsavers, is a three-day film festival taking place from August 17th to 19th. The event is organized by the Welwyn Garden City BID in association with Campus West and is funded by the businesses of WGC town centre. This festival is more than just a series of film screenings; it’s a tribute to the power of cinema and its ability to bring people together.
Over the course of three days, attendees will have the opportunity to watch a diverse range of films, each carefully selected to cater to a wide array of cinematic tastes. There’s something magical about watching a film outdoors, the screen glowing in the darkness, the stars twinkling overhead. It’s an experience that can’t be replicated in a traditional cinema, and it’s one of my favorite ways to watch a movie.
|Day 1: August 17||11:30 AM||Frozen 2|
|3:00 PM||Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile|
|6:30 PM||Black Panther, Wakanda Forever|
|Day 2: August 18||11:30 AM||Pikachu The Detective|
|3:00 PM||Matilda The Musical|
|6:30 PM||Super Mario Bros PG|
|Day 3: August 19||11:30 AM||The Croods 2, A New Age|
|3:00 PM||Puss In Boots, The Last Wish|
Every time I watch ‘Frozen 2’, I’m captivated by the stunning visuals and the continuation of Elsa and Anna’s story. Although the songs may not be as catchy as the first movie, they still manage to stir something within me, making me want to sing along. The darker tone and deeper themes add a new layer to the narrative, making it a compelling watch.
Watching it with my kids brings a certain joy, as we navigate the journey of sisterhood and self-discovery together. It’s a movie that, despite its flaws, still manages to warm our hearts every time we watch it.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
I found ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile‘ to be a delightful surprise. The story of a singing crocodile living in the attic of a young boy’s new home was both charming and heartwarming. The movie was filled with moments that made me smile, and I found myself captivated by the unique friendship between the boy and the crocodile.
The movie was a hit with my family, and we all enjoyed the good-hearted nature of the story. Overall, ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ is a sweet family movie that I would recommend to anyone looking for a feel-good watch.
Black Panther, Wakanda Forever
Exhilaration is the word that comes to mind when I think of ‘Black Panther’. The movie took superhero cinema to new heights and told one of the most absorbing stories I’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The characters were fully realized and relatable, making me invested in their journeys. The action, adventure, and fantasy elements were top-notch, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout.
What I appreciated the most, however, was the representation of African culture and themes, which added a layer of depth and richness to the movie. If I had to point out a flaw, it would be that the villain, while compelling, could have been given a bit more depth. ‘Black Panther’ is a movie that I would highly recommend for its thrilling narrative, compelling characters, and cultural significance.
Pikachu The Detective
As a big fan of Pokémon since childhood, watching ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ was a delightful experience. The movie was a fun blend of comedy, adventure, and mystery, with action sequences that kept me engaged throughout. Ryan Reynolds, as the voice of Detective Pikachu, added a layer of charm and humor that made the movie all the more enjoyable.
The live-action representation of the Pokémon world was a highlight for me, bringing to life the characters and settings I loved as a child. ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ was a thrilling ride that brought back fond memories and left me with goosebumps.
Matilda The Musical
The movie brought the classic story back to life with dazzling dancing and delightful performances. Emma Thompson was a standout, bringing a unique charm to her role. The musical numbers were catchy, and the impressive choreography made each scene a visual treat.
‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ was a fun, engaging, and heartwarming film that I thoroughly enjoyed
Super Mario Bros PG
‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is like stepping into my favorite video game. The colorful animated adventure brought Mario, Princess Peach, and Bowser to life in a fun and engaging storyline. The movie was filled with action, humor, and enough Nintendo references to keep me entertained throughout.
‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ was a delightful trip into one of my favorite worlds presented in a new and unique way.
The Croods 2, A New Age
A charming sequel in ‘The Croods: A New Age’ reintroduces the prehistoric family I’ve come to adore. The movie was an agreeable outing that brought back the prehistoric clan I’ve grown to love.
The humor and action sequences kept my kids engaged throughout, and the dynamics between the Croods and the Bettermans added an interesting layer to the story. ‘The Croods: A New Age’ was a fun, engaging, and heartwarming film for the whole family.
Puss In Boots, The Last Wish
Smart, sweet, and filled with laughs, ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish‘ is enjoyable for the whole family. Antonio Banderas returned as the voice of Puss in Boots, bringing the same charm and wit to the character that I’ve always loved. The animation was cute and engaging, adding to the overall enjoyment of the film.
If there was one thing I could critique, it would be that the plot might be a bit complex for younger viewers. But overall, ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ was a fun, engaging, and well worth a watch for all ages!
A romantic trip down memory lane is what ‘Grease’ offers. The movie was a pleasing, energetic musical that had me humming along to its infectiously catchy songs. The performances were charming, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John bringing their characters to life in a way that was both relatable and endearing.
The portrayal of high school life in the 1950s was nostalgic, adding a layer of depth to the movie.’Grease’ is a timeless classic that never gets old, making it the perfect movie for a date night.
About Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City is not just a host to the Screen on the Green festival; it’s a destination worth exploring. The town offers a fabulous choice of restaurants, pubs, and independent coffee shops. Visitors can indulge in some retail therapy at high street brands in the iconic John Lewis & Partners or support local businesses by shopping at the numerous small independent stores offering something for everyone.
The town is a true marriage of town and country, offering the tranquility of the countryside and a lively center brimming with restaurants and shops to enjoy time with family and friends. With its excellent sport and leisure facilities, beautiful countryside, and great transport links, Welwyn Garden City is a place where culture and history meet modern convenience.
The Welwyn Garden City BID brings together all the businesses of Welwyn Garden City town centre to make the town a better place to live, work, and enjoy. The Screen on the Green festival is a testament to this collaborative spirit, showcasing the town’s commitment to fostering a vibrant community and enriching cultural scene.
What to Expect
The Screen on the Green is a free event, with spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. However, attendees have the option to upgrade their experience by hiring a deck chair for £5.50. This ensures a comfortable viewing experience throughout the event. The festival is not just about watching films; it’s about experiencing them. With the open sky above and the soft grass beneath, attendees can immerse themselves in the magic of cinema in a unique outdoor setting.
In addition to the film screenings, attendees can expect a vibrant festival atmosphere. The event is a celebration of the local community, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow film enthusiasts, meet new people, and enjoy the communal spirit of the festival. The organizers aim to create a family-friendly atmosphere, so bring your kids, friends, and loved ones. All ages are welcome at the Screen on the Green.
The Screen on the Green 2023 is committed to being accessible to all attendees. The event site is wheelchair accessible, and there are dedicated spaces for wheelchair users.
The event is an outdoor festival and will proceed rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather, updates will be provided on the event’s official social media channels.
Food and Drink
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the event. There will also be a variety of food and drink vendors on-site for attendees to purchase from.
While we love our furry friends, pets are not allowed at the Screen on the Green 2023, with the exception of service animals. This is to ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees.
The Screen on the Green 2023 promises to be a memorable event, offering a unique blend of entertainment and community spirit. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, this event is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy great films in a beautiful setting.
If you’re anywhere near the area during the festival, make sure to stop by. It’s a must-see event that offers a unique opportunity to experience the charm of Welwyn Garden City while enjoying a diverse selection of films. I hope to see you there!