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Summer film festival set for venue return

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

09/08/13 Summer Nights film screenings - Calke Abbey, Calke, near Ticknall Calke Abbey hosts Derby Quad summer nights film screenings starting with Psycho.

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ONE of the greatest ever British horror films will be screened at a popular South Derbyshire tourist attraction as part of a successful summer film festival.

Calke Abbey, near Ticknall, will once again play host to QUAD’s Summer Nights film festival after thousands of people descended on the site last year to see the films Psycho and Les Miserables on the outdoor big screen.

The films on show this year will be horror classic The Wicker Man and The Great Gatsby and both will be screened respectively on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 29.

Calke Abbey has proved to be the most successful venue for the Summer Nights screenings with average attendances of 1,500 at events in 2011 and 2012

A spokesman for the event said: “Calke was one of the first venues we spoke to as they have a long history of organising successful outdoor events in the grounds.

“It’s a perfect space with a natural rake down to the stage area where they have had things like outdoor theatre in the past. You also get a fantastic full-on view of the house, with the woods behind. It’s a great setting and that’s part of the attraction. But it’s also a well-visited place with a loyal audience.”

The festival was organised to celebrate Derbyshire and its long-standing connection with the film industry, which has seen several hit movies filmed in the area.

Tickets for the screenings are now available to book in advance at a discounted ‘early bird’ rate of £10.50 if purchased up to six weeks in advance.

After the advance period, standard tickets cost £12 per person per screening, tickets for children aged under five years are free.

More information is available by visiting www.summernightsfilm.co.uk

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