First published Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pembrokeshire is full of many wonderful places to go and see, activities to do and much more. It offers something for everyone regardless of age, ability or interests, and increasingly more and more of this offering is available year round. The innovation and development of new activities is also something Pembrokeshire can be proud of, and this week has seen one such offering develop and grow even more.
During 2013, Rooms With A View began showing films predominately at the Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby, but also in other locations such as a screening of Jaws on Tenby Harbour last summer. The initiative has proved to be very successful with a continuing run of films being screened by the organisation (see link below for further details).
This year, the concept of outdoor cinema has shifted up a gear, thanks to the development of the Sunset Cinema series brought about through collaboration between The Torch Theatre, The National Trust, Picton Castle and Rooms With A View, and supported by a grant from Film Hub Wales. Yesterday evening (August 13) Mamma Mia was shown in the beautiful surroundings of Picton Castle, with somewhere in the region of 700 people sat out on the lawns. It truly was an amazing evening, and a very big congratulations to all those who have been involved in making this happen.
Having never been to any kind of outdoor cinema screening, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I got was a wonderful evening sitting out under the moon and stars watching a film on a huge screen surrounded by friends and several hundred other people, of all ages, enjoying a singalong and dance too at times, all in stunning surroundings. Viewing a film out in the open is a completely different experience to watching it in a cinema, and if you get the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend it! There are two further films being shown – Close Encounters of the Third Kind tonight (August 14) and Dirty Dancing tomorrow night (August 15) (again details on the link below).
The Sunset Cinema has shown what can be achieved when people work together to take a good idea and make it even better. It also provides a different way to explore the county of Pembrokeshire, taking you to places that may not necessarily have been on your ‘to visit’ list, and experience a different kind of atmosphere to that of the daytime activities. I hope that the run of films this year prove to be extremely successful enabling further expansion of the offer in future years, and that the wonderfully creative and innovative people of Pembrokeshire continue to develop new ideas for us all to enjoy.
First posted on the Pembrokeshire Tourism Blog