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News Release - Issued by the National Trust

Settle down on abbey green for classic outdoor cinema – ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Monty Python & the Holy Grail’ at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal this bank holiday Sunday and Monday

The National Trust property near Ripon is playing host to Luna Cinema so you can enjoy two nights of classic film under the starts at this special and atmospheric place.

Sit back on abbey green and as the stars come out lose yourself watching a film al fresco. Choose from two British classics, Calendar Girls (Sunday 30 August) or Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Monday 31 August).

Starring Julie Walters, Helen Mirren and a host of familiar faces from English film and television, the heart-warming Calendar Girls is based on a true story. Eleven middle-aged Englishwomen pose nude for their annual Women's Institute calendar as a fund-raiser for the local hospital…the media sensation they create makes for a moving, fun, inspiring film which has become a modern classic just perfect for a girls’ night out.

Celebrating 40 years since its first release, the infamous low-budget comedy Monty Python & the Holy Grail sees the cast of John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle amongst others playing over 50 roles between them, coconuts taking the place of horses and iconic lines punctuating the side-splittingly silly plot. Follow King Arthur and his knights as they embark on a search for the Grail encountering many very silly obstacles. Ni!
The feature films will be preceded by BFI-curated newly digitised archive footage from the region, bringing local history and culture to life through film and giving a tantalising glimpse into a bygone era. Here at Fountains you'll see scenes from Edwardian Skipton, 1930s Harrogate and a groovy 1961 Electricity Board promo!

Bring a picnic or pop along to the food stall and bar, sit back and enjoy! Doors open from 6.30pm, film starts at 8pm.

Booking Essential 0844 858 6767
Tickets from £13.50 for adults and from £9 for children
Go online to book now (tickets available until show start time).

Find out more about Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on the National Trust website

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Aimee Rawson, Communications Officer, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Estate Office, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Tel 01765 643164

Calendar Girls (2003, 12, 104 mins) Doors open 6.30pm, film 8pm.
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975, 12, 100 mins) Doors open 6.30pm, film 8pm.
About Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site owned by the National Trust. Discover the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breath-taking views. There’s also St Mary’s Church, a fine example of Victorian gothic church, Elizabethan Fountains Hall with its hidden herb garden, and medieval deer park – home to over 500 wild deer.
About the National Trust
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to:

About the BFI
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive, growing the next generation of film makers and audiences.

About the Regional and National Film Archives
The English Regional Film Archives and National Film Archives hold significant collections of film and video material specifically relevant to their areas or hold dedicated collections preserved in specialised storage facilities and made widely available for education, research and communities.

About The Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema was founded in 2008 by George Wood with a showing at Dulwich Park. In 2015 it will bring 120 screenings to 46 outdoor locations around the UK, using two touring screens. Location capacity ranges from 300 to 3000, with a total of 160,000 tickets available.