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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Grainger Market Picnic & Free Movie with #NE1ScreenOnTheGreen

Have you walked past 'Screen On The Green' in Newcastle yet? Located outside old Eldon Square near Pizza Express, Nandos and Starbucks, you really can't miss the giant screen & deck chairs. 

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

Until 4th September, you'll find a huge selection of family movies, blockbusters & classic movies every day (with a break from 5th-21st August when the Olympics will be broadcast live instead).

Every Thursday, the screen will move down to the Quayside Seaside for a bit of a change of scenery.

You Can Find the full Screen On The Green Listings Here

ALL MOVIES ARE COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE

There are a few exceptions, but movies are generally every day at 12noon and 6pm. Highlights for us include:-

Sunday 31st July | Man of Steel (11am) & The Dark Knight (2pm) - don't forget to book your FREE ticket to meet Batman at intu Eldon Square on the same date)

Tuesday 2nd August | Minions (12 noon)

Wednesday 24th August | Jurassic World (6pm)

Thursday 25th August | The Little Mermaid (12 noon - Quayside Seaside)

Monday 29th August | Labyrinth (12 noon)

Wednesday 31st August | Inside Out (12 noon)

Thursday 1st September | Jaws (6pm - Quayside Seaside)

Friday 2nd September | The Lego Movie (12 noon)

Sunday 4th September | The Goonies (11am) 


What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pet Lamb Patisserie

You aren't allowed to take alcohol to screenings but you are welcome to take along your own snacks from either home or nearby businesses. As the movies are free, I think supporting local businesses is the least we can do (a trip to the cinema once cost us £60 on tickets alone!) so we decided to head to the Grainger Market before a 12 noon showing of Matilda to pick up a picnic. First stop was the Pet Lamb Patisserie where the kids were spoilt for choice with the selection of homemade cakes, brownies and treats on offer. We left with 3 treats for £4.50 which considering we paid £4 for just one slice of cake in Scotland last week was a mega bargain.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pumphreys Coffee

Next, we stopped by Pumphreys Coffee where a large Americano to take out was only £2 - I'd much rather support this local coffee shop than give my ££ to Costa or Starbucks. Please keep them in mind for your next caffeine fix.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pizza by Slice

Our final stop was Pizza By Slice where you can buy EPIC slices of pizza on a shoestring budget. 4 HUGE slices of pizza fresh from the oven set us back £6.80. I packed the kids some water from home so our lunch total was £13.30 or £3.30 each. Not bad for a 2 course local, homemade lunch plus drinks and a movie!

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Grainger Market Picnic

We hot-footed it over to the Screen On The Green with our treats just in time for the movie starting. There still were a few deckchairs available but as I'd packed our picnic blanket just in case, we decided to set up camp on the grass. If you buy Pizza from Slice you need to start eating it pretty quickly as it soon gets cold when out in the fresh air.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

It wasn't all about the treats - the Grainger Market is a fab place to stock up on cheap fruit and these grapes were only 80p!

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

The movie was fab - despite building work, chatter and traffic, everyone could hear and see the screen perfectly. It doesn't feel like it is blasting loud but you also don't struggle to hear at all. The atmosphere was fantastic and some of the kids got up and started dancing when Matilda started working her magic. There are staff around too who regularly walked around and checked everything was ok. If you need the loo (which inevitably my three did) the toilets in Eldon Square near Waitrose are less than a 30 second walk away.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

The kids were impeccably behaved (they saved all their fighting for the bus home) and even though we have watched Matilda approximately 1 million times, it really held their attention. I am definitely going to return a few times over the summer and take my MacBook with me next time to get some work done whilst they watch the movie.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

If you are looking for a very cheap day out with the kids this summer, I honestly cannot recommend catching a movie at Screen on the Green enough - you can easily make a day of it and pair it with a couple of Newcastle's free attractions such as the new Baltic Playground Exhibition, the Quayside Seaside, Ouseburn Farm, the Laing Art Gallery, the Discovery Museum or the Great North Museum.

Don't forget, the full list of screenings is available here (subject to change). Let me know which movie you fancy.

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16 comments

  1. This looks so cool. I love the idea of the open air cinema. Also the treats you got were a total bargain! I love Pet Lamb making me hungry after I've had breakfast. Katie X

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    1. I see you had a Pet Lamb cake today too :D

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  2. I need to do this on the downtime days we have which to be honest aren't that often over summer as we've jam packed it with stuff but sometimes it's nice to just go and sit and watch a movie outdoors and as you say you can take along your macbook and work whilst the kids are entertained for a couple of hours.

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    1. It was lush - I'm definitely doing it a couple more times over summer x

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  3. Every year I say I'm going to grab one of those deckchairs and watch a movie but it never seems to happen. Maybe this year will be the year, I love your idea of packing up a picnic from Grainger Market and watching a film (love the new location for the screen as well!)

    SO happy that Labyrinth is being shown, it's literally my favourite film of all time, I was obsessed with it when I was a kid, I used to make all my friends act out scenes from it at break time.

    Gutted that I'll be stuck at work when the Little Mermaid is on (my second favourite film of all time!)

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  4. I can't wait until my son is old enough to enjoy outdoor screenings in the summer. As it is I think I'd spend the whole time running after him lol. x

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  5. I love going to things like this, must be really fun with kids!

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  6. Wow. Pizza and free movies - looks ace!

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  7. Wow this is amazing I wish they had something similar in London. Those chairs look comfy too perfect for watching outdoor screenings!

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  8. This sounds great, I wish I'd known about this during my recent visit up north. I'll have to remember this next time I'm in the area x

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  9. You couldn't make me up a packed lunch for the picnic could you!? Haha. The Grainger market's great for food, I used to get carried away at the fruit shops as everything is so cheap compared to the supermarkets, then I had the struggle of carrying it all home.

    It great that the films are free as it'll help parents keep the cost of the Summer holidays down x

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  10. cinema and a picnic outdoors sounds like a great combination to me! #citytripping

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  11. The movie location is great (memories of my childhood) but I love your suggestions for treats: will have to let my mam know so she can try them or buy some cakes for me when I next visit.
    #citytripping

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  12. The cinema is such a great idea- and for free too! I'd be there as much as I could (and would be a great opportunity to catch up on work)..fab array of food too...very important to support local businesses. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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  13. What a fun way to spend a day - and a total bargain for the picnic too. I love the idea of lounging outside watching a film and nibbling something delicious (if only I were a little closer!) Thanks for linking up to #citytripping

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  14. How nice to have kids friendly events like this in town! I would be camping there for sure if we had something like this in Singapore. #CityTripping

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