Burghley Film Festival delights young and old

Crowds enjoy Burghley Film Festival 2015. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150608-114753001
Crowds enjoy Burghley Film Festival 2015. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150608-114753001

There was something for everyone at this year’s Burghley Film Festival, from hobbits and princesses to spies and chimney sweeps.

Hundreds of cinema lovers enjoyed watching a variety of films in the beautiful gardens of Burghley House.

This year’s festival began with a Middle Earth marathon, showing all three Lord of the Rings films back-to-back.

There was plenty on offer for younger viewers. Disney’s modern classic Frozen drew a huge crowd, most of whom were in great voice for the songs. Plenty of youngsters dressed up as characters from the film, and they even got the chance to meet Princesses Anna and Elsa.

Other highlights for the younger generation included The Lego Movie, Boxtrolls and Big Hero 6.

The evening sessions featured an eclectic mix of classics new and old. There was a double dose of cult comedy with Austin Powers and the Blues Brothers, with plenty of viewers enjoying a dance to some of the R’n’B hits from the latter. An eighties double bill of Back to the Future and Ghostbusters was a retro hit. And a chick flick combo of Pretty Woman and Some Like it Hot was a hit with both male and female viewers.

wOthers showings included Mary Poppins, Paddington, The Imitation Game, Mr Turner, Beauty and the Beast, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

People made the most of the warm weather by bringing plenty of picnic food and drinks, but for those who didn’t bring their own refreshments there were a selection of catering stalls on offer.

Burghley House manager Philip Gompertz said: “We are delighted to have hosted another fantastic film festival so well attended by many local families. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2016.

“Any suggestions for films you would like to see are welcome, please post them on our Facebook page.”

Visit www.burghley.co.uk/filmfestival.