Film Event: The Winter Night Garden at Backyard Cinema, Winterville

If you hadn't guessed already from my previous posts, Backyard Cinema is pretty much where it's at for me at the moment. This time, I popped along to Winterville on Clapham Common for a chance to check out their incredible Winter Night Garden and a screening of Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990).

If you haven't heard of Backyard Cinema yet, you are no film fan. Created by movie lovers, for movie lovers, BYC provide immersive movie experiences in a relaxed, unique cinema setting. Following the success of their Miami Beach, Lost World Jungle and Snow Kingdom, they've created an edition site on Clapham Common inside Winterville. Of course, Winterville is essentially what I consider to be Winer Wonderland for hipsters. In keeping with the Christmas season, The Winter Night Garden* is screening a whole host of festive classics such as Elf, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Home Alone and many more. Eager to get as many Christmas screenings as possible, Jack and I went along to check it out. 

Having killed a few hours exploring Winterville's many foodie stalls and amusement rides (not in that order), it was time to enter The Winter Night Garden. Tickets in hand, we ventured in to a wardrobe, through a woodland of fairy lights and in to the (in-door) garden. Once there, we were taken to our seats and, naturally, directed to the bar - stocked up with a range of drinks and cinema treats. One thing I thought was a particularly nice touch was the 'gingertinis' which come served in a gorgeous gingerbread man glass bottle. As someone who isn't a drinker - these were surprisingly delicious though, had me quite tipsy after just a few sips. Paired with a mince pie or two, I was feeling very Christmassy indeed.

Now, I do have some tips when visiting this particular Backyard Cinema venue. Whilst it may be freezing outside in Winterville, the Winter Night Garden comes with glorious heating, so there's no need to wrap up once inside. In fact, it can get quite warm in there. And so, I'd recommend wearing layers that you can easily remove. Secondly, it's worth getting there early. Whilst there was obviously a queue to get in, it moves super quickly once doors open and you're allocated seats which means there's no panic once you get inside. However, I'd say it's worth getting there early to make the most of your experience; get yourself some snacks and a few drinks and just enjoy your surroundings. Take it all in before getting comfy and enjoying the film.

I know I say this every time I go but the Backyard Cinema guys really have hit the nail on the head. As with The Snow Kingdom, I was just in awe of the level of detail that went in to creating such a beautiful atmosphere; even down to the pre-film clips of White Christmas. There was even a sneaky little surprise 'special effect' mid-way through the film. I just found the whole event to be so romantic and charming. Maybe I'm just an absolute sucker for a theme but what more could you possibly want from a date night? And I cannot wait to see what magic they come up with next. 

A huge thanks again to the guys at Backyard Cinema once again for having us for the evening. There really is no better way to enjoy a film and I cannot recommend it enough. If you'd like to check out the Winter Night Garden or any of the BYC events, you can purchase tickets from their website here. But tell me, have you visited Backyard Cinema yet? Where is your favourite place to see a film? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones down below.

Until next time film fans, 

*Disclaimer - As a Backyard Cinema blogger, I own a BYC Gold Card. As always, all opinions are my own and do not reflect that of the brand. 


  1. Oh wow, after Stranger Things 2, it's perfect to be able to watch Edward Scissorhands! And boy do you look snazzy in your faux fur coat, Sophie! I think it's a good idea to make the cinema experience better. I like the vintage cinema experience of old time theaters that have curtains that go across the screens. There is a cinema in San Francisco where a lady plays the piano before the feature and she and her piano disappear into the floor when the movie starts.
    Did I see that you've announced that you booked travel to NYC on your twitter? That's so great! I can give you advice on your itinerary and other things, if you like. My email is One thing in NYC is pedestrians ignore red crosswalk men but look at traffic if it's safe to go. In Germany, something like that ist streng verboten.

    1. Ha thanks so much, Gil! I will certainly be rocking faux fur in New York also. I agree about the cinema experience. Since I go to so many screenings for my work and the blog, I do get a bit bored of the same old screens so this makes it really special. It has a fantastic atmosphere. Oh wow that sounds fun! The organist at ODEON Leicester Square does the same thing I think :)

      That would be great, thanks so much. We've got a long list of things to see and do - I'm a bit worried we won't be able to fit everything in. I'm also going to Salem for 1 of those days (driving) and will probably spend a few days just exploring Brooklyn and Long Island :)

  2. Wow this looks so wonderful Sophie. I have actually been to Winter Wonderland before so your comment about Winterville being for hipsters made me laugh. The cinema looks so pretty and such a good choice of film to see also. Hope you're well and getting excited for Christmas :D

    Ashley xx

    1. Aw cool haha. Yeah Winterville is not quite as large or interesting as Winter Wonderland but it is a nice way to kill a few hours. It's just got loads of food places :) x

  3. I love the sound of this place. I would love to go watch a movie there but have not been yet. These cold days I just like sitting in the comfort of my own home haha call me lazy :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. Haha I don't blame you! Maybe in the Summer you can check out their next one :) x

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