'One of the best outdoor cinemas'

After a host of fantastic sell out screenings at last year’s event, we’ll be returning to Northernhay Gardens with a whole week of cinematic magic under the stars.

This year come with us to visit parallel universes, worlds of monsters, the glitz and glam of Hollywood and the New Zealand outback in a series of summer-perfect films echoing the popular programme of films on offer at Studio 74, which brings the best independent, contemporary and world cinema to Exeter.

Make sure you get down to the park early to listen to summery tunes, relax with a drink and soak up the vibes before the films starts!



Exeter Phoenix is a non-profit organisation, so please be reassured that all of the ticket money for this event goes directly back into making sure this event remains a regular fixture on Exeter's calendar. Unlike many other outdoor cinema events across the UK, we're pleased to say that there are no profiteers of this event - you are what make this event happen, and every penny goes into trying to create the best experience for you we can each year. 

There will be some great food and drink options on site, but all visitors are welcome to bring along their own rugs and picnics as ever - that's all part of the experience! (Although please note that the park's licensing agreements do not allow you to bring your own alcohol onsite.) Our food and drink suppliers on site are given a great deal on their pitch which means that they can pass on the best possible prices to hungry film-goers. Pizzas start at £5 for example. 

The one difference we have introduced this year is with regards to seating options, but we hope these changes will make things better for everyone. In the past we've had a lot of feedback from guests who haven't been able to enjoy the experience due to limited views, so while everyone is welcome to bring along a cosy picnic rug to hunker down on for the evening, we're introducing a new seating area of comfy deck chairs, which won't get in the way of anyone's sight lines. This provision does come at a cost, but we've kept it as low as possible at £4, so that film goers can still get a film ticket and deckchair for less than most outdoor cinemas charge for a single ticket. 

All of your feedback is tremendously useful so please keep it coming via our website contact form and we'll make sure it's considered in the planning of future events. At the end of the day, the relaxed, fun, festival atmosphere of Big Screen In The Park is the best thing about it!



Northernhay Gardens (EX4 3QE)

Access to Big Screen In The Park is via Queen Street only

Disabled Access:
There is ramped access to the park via Northernhay Place.

As there is no parking on site, we recommend the Richmond Road as this is a surface car park and free after 6pm.


By Train:
Nearest rail station is Exeter Central.  Exit left from the station and immediately left into Northernhay Gardens (Queen Street entrance)


Travelling within Exeter:
Stagecoach South West's frequent city services will drop you in Queen Street (D and H) or in the High Street (all services), both of which are convenient for Northernhay Gardens. Buses run late into evening.


Travelling from outside of Exeter:
All buses from outside Exeter finish at the bus station which is only a 5 minute walk from Northernhay Gardens. Many of the routes run through the evening with some, such as the Hop2, operating past 11pm.



Additional information

Please note that no alcohol is to be brought on site, we have a range of refreshments available from soft drinks, coffees and alcohol. 

Pack a picnic blanket, but leave the seating to us. We've listened to your feedback and this year we're changing things up in the park. To ensure everyone has the best experience and view possible, we won't be offering a 'bring a chair' option. Instead, we'll do the heavy lifting for you. If you want a seat, be sure to book out a deckchair in our seating area. Availability is limited so it's well worth booking in advance.