Review // Outdoor Cinema @ Normanby Hall “Mamma mia”

Last night, we visited Normanby Hall Country Park for the showing of Mamma Mia at the latest outdoor cinema screening. This is the first time we have visited the park in a while so it was nice to experience one of the newer events and we will definitely be back again very soon.

Dusk closing in on the outdoor cinema

We arrived a little before 8pm. The gates had opened at 6:30pm, so it seemed by the time we turned up everyone was already settled in with their chairs, tables, blankets and drinks at the ready. It was a pretty cold night so there were a lot of sleeping bags and hats but this didn’t seem to put people off or dampen any spirits, especially the people that decided to fully embrace the spirit with Abba and disco themed costumes.

Audience settled in for the outdoor cinema to begin.

Parking and entry was easy and stress free, no hassle at all and very helpful stewards and staff to direct and greet you and bright flood lighting set up for when you left later in the dark.

It was still rather light before 8pm, so while we waited for dusk, Groove Disco/Steel FM presenter got the mood going with popular Abba tracks. There were plenty of stalls and food around the perimeter of the arena and also inflatables for kids, like the giant slide.

The turn out was pretty diverse in age range, there were adult groups, couples and family groups with younger children and teens but it was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

There are quite a few outdoor cinema events popping up in the area at the minute but I’d say Normanby Hall’s edge on this, is the venue, the backdrop to the outdoor cinema screen. It really was quite beautiful to watch as dark skies crept over the top of the hall and it was subtly illuminated by the blue and pink lights.

You could hear the distant call of the peacocks in the background and flocks of birds flew above the screen in the nights sky, which really added to the experience of being at an outdoor cinema.

The layout of the cinema arena worked well and everything was very well organised and placed. It didn’t look too crowded. It was also more of an event than just a screen placed in a field. With the disco, stalls, kid’s inflatables & Twisted Belles, Abba stilt walkers. It was more of a night out for people.

The image quality on the inflatable Skylight cinema screen improved as the night got darker, at first when I saw the speakers at the side of the screen, I wasn’t sure if they would be loud enough to reach the people at the back. I didn’t need to worry as once the film started and the engineer adjusted them, they were plenty loud enough!

The distance of the screen from the audience was also well planned out as i’d imagine if people were too close to the front the people behind may struggle to see. In my image it makes the screen look further away than it actually was.

I think it’s great that Normanby Hall have started to introduce different events like this and there is plenty more to look forward to over the summer. I’d really recommend giving the outdoor cinema a go next time there’s a showing, just make sure you wrap up warm.


Tickets to the outdoor cinema events are cheaper for people with an annual pass or premier pass to Normanby Hall but the usual cost to non members is around £16.58 inc booking fee.

Scunthorpe Nights have now proudly partnered with the Normanby Hall Events Team to review and promote their busy upcoming events schedule for 2019/2020 so you can expect to see more reviews and what’s on for this venue over the rest of 2019 and beyond.

You can find the full event listing online here.


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