A world without cinemas has been a very strange place. For those of us who regularly jump into the car, head off to our favourite movie house, grab some popcorn and settle down to enjoy the latest blockbuster with a room full of equally enthusiastic fans, it’s been a strange time. And while it has been great to catch up on some old favourites, or stream our way through a select amount of new releases, nothing beats that joy of sharing a movie on a big screen with family, friends, or even a load of strangers.

Equally, the plethora of Food Festivals we have right across South Wales each year are something we’ve missed sharing. From Cardiff to Cowbridge, and Swansea to Abergavenny, there’s barely a month goes by when we aren’t able to sample some of the best food and drink our region has to offer.

Combine those two and you have the lightbulb moment which brought Adventure Cinema to organise a brand-new, first event of its kind tourings festival heading out this summer.

The FOOD & FILM FEST does exactly what its name says, brings together our love of classic movies and recent releases, with our passion for great, local street food.

The festival however, is much more than that. When it rocks up to town we’ll have the chance to enjoy four days pf great movies, some of the UK’s best loved comedians, specially curated short films from regional film makers, and of course some incredible food to make the experience complete.

So, after the 12 months we’ve all been through, it’s time for us to get outside and have some fun after being stuck indoors for so long. This really is an event created for our times, that is both socially spacious and guaranteed to be enjoyed whether you’re with friends, that someone special, or the whole family.  

The organisers say we can expect blockbuster films, the best beers, speciality gins and cocktails and carefully selected street food stalls, serving burgers to bruschetta to crepes and caramel ice-cream. 

What we love most however, is that we can share all this with our friends, someone special or the entire family. And the only screen we’ll be ‘zooming’ in on, will be the one showing a great movie. – what more could we ask for?

They are bringing us all the classic movies we’ve come to expect at an outdoor movie experience – family classics such as Disney’s The Lion King, and Pixar’s Onward and of course, the most perfect sing-A-long film, The Greatest Showman.

Thursday evenings at Film & Food Fest will feature a special showcase of short movies from some of the region’s finest independent filmmakers. Highlighting the work of local creatives, giving their films a major platform and giving audiences an exclusive chance to see some fantastic new cinema!  

You can spend your Thursday night watching some fantastic short films, supporting local filmmakers and enjoying some delicious food and drink. They will be donating £2 from every ticket sold to support the local film organisations within the local area. If you are a short filmmaker and would like to submit your work for consideration, take a look at the bottom of this page.

We’ll focus on the line up of movies shortly, but the food is also a major part of the festival and they have some incredible treats for us to enjoy.

Street Food Warehouse are looking after the eating side of the festival, and these guys, who are based in Cardiff, having been doing this for a while. That means they have a pretty good idea of what we enjoy tucking into at these events.

Established in 2015, Street Food Warehouse is a diverse and unique brand. From running a series of food festivals across the UK to working with top event organisers, taking the pressure of catering off and curating an epic street food line up. The Street Food Warehouse team make it their mission to deliver outstanding food and unforgettable experiences for everyone.

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The Film & Food Fest is a 15 date tour, which we get twice here in South Wales. The movies may be slightly different at each location, but the food and fun remains the same.

Let’s start with BUTE PARK in Cardiff from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th June.

Thursday 17th – An Evening of Short Films From Regional Film Makers

Friday 18th – Grease (PG) + Live Comedy

It’s one of those movies we’ve all watched a few times during lockdown and will no doubt enjoy a few more this year. You can’t beat GREASE and seeing it outdoors is definitely the way to add a new dimension. 

Gates open at

Saturday 19th – The Greatest Showman – Sing-A-long (PG)

This is the greatest show! An amazing Sing-A-Long outdoor cinema experience with a showing of the movie that has sold out cinemas all over the world!

Gates open at 12 noon.

Saturday 19th – Joker (15) + Live Comedy

Gates open at 6pm.

Sunday 20th – Jurassic Park (PG)

Michael Crichton’s book, Steven Spielberg’s Direction, Jeff Golblum and Laura Dern acting their little hearts out, can mean only one thing. Yes, it’s Jurassic park, and you know what is the most amazing fact about this movie? It’s now 28 years old and it’s still as fresh as ever.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Sunday 20th – JoJo Rabbit (12) + Live Comedy

We’d heard a lot about JoJo from its early production days and then when it finally had its ‘award & festival screenings.’ This comedy about Germany, Hitler and the war is not only funny but has real heart too. It’s the first time, in a long time, that I’ve actually felt the urge to applaud at the end of the movie – I didn’t by the way. To read our review, just go HERE.

Gates open at 5:45pm.

  • Bute Park is within walking distance from Cardiff city centre and is easily accessible from a number of entrances. The festival will be situated in Cooper’s Field and you will find the entrance gate on the south side of the field.
  • Several bus stops situated along Castle Street to the south, and along North Road to the east. Visit the Cardiff Bus website for route information and times.
  • The West Gate entrance at the southern end of Bute Park is roughly 10 minutes walk from Cardiff Central station and 15 minutes walk from Cardiff Queen Street.
  • There are cycle racks available outside the Education Centre and by all 3 cafes.
  • Pay and display car parking facilities are available nearby in Sophia Gardens (CF11 9LJ), Castle Mews (CF10 3ER) and North Road (CF10 3EA).

Adult tickets start at £16.50 (plus booking fee). For afternoon showings, children under 12 years can go half-price! Limited tickets available so make sure to book yours here – CARDIFF.

The tour then gets into SINGLETON PARK in Swansea from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th July.

Thursday 8th – An Evening of Short Films From Regional Film Makers

Friday 9th – Mamma Mia! (PG) + Live Comedy

The following evening it is the classic sing and dance along MAMMA MIA. Not much to add to this other than we all love a bit of ABBA so this will be a great night out.

Gates open at 6pm.

Saturday 10th – The Greatest Showman – Sing-A-long (PG)

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and a brilliant cast bring this true (ish) story to life with some of the best songs around. Trust us, you’ll be singing along to each and every one of them.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Saturday 10th – Twin Town (18) + Live Comedy

Singleton Park is definitely the place to watch this 1997 Welsh dark comedy crime drama. Filmed mainly around Port Talbot and set in Swansea. It was directed by Kevin Allen and had a working title of Hot Dog; a hot dog van features in a number of scenes in the film. It stars real-life brothers Rhys Ifans (in his first major movie role) and Llŷr Ifans, along with Dougray Scott. The director appears on screen, briefly seen as a show host on a TV set in the static caravan home of the twins while co-writer Paul Durden briefly appears as a rude taxi driver.

The film is brilliant and not one you usually see in the great outdoors.

Gates open at 6pm.

Sunday 11th – Dolittle (PG)

A first class cast ad yes there is a little Welsh connection. Listen to Robert Downey Jr’s accent in the trailer – ha plays John Dolittle as a Welshamn.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Sunday 11th – Joker (15) + Live Comedy

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. You can watch the trailer further up in the page.

Gates open at 6pm.

Singleton Park is a short walk from Swansea University. There’s a number of bus routes that will get you to the park, please check local routes.

From the city centre, travel along the A4067 Oystermouth Road. 

Adult tickets start at £16.50 (plus booking fee). For afternoon showings, children under 12 years can go half-price! Limited tickets available so make sure to book yours here – SWANSEA.

The organisers say….

‘This is a festival for you, an opportunity to experience great food and drink whilst relaxing and watching your favourite film, all in a socially spacious environment. And with Adventure Cinema you are guaranteed 100% of your money back if we have to cancel for any reason.’

If you are a regional film maker and you’d like to find out how to get your film included in the tour, email the organisers here – info@filmandfoodfest.com

The Adventure Cinema team also have a summer of Outdoor Movies for us to enjoy, you can take a look at that, and some other features below…….

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