From outdoor cinemas to a Sunday BBQ, Pialligo Estate has got your long weekend covered

Wendy Johnson 23 January 2019 6

Pialligo Estate is now offering an outdoor cinema experience, as well as an Australia Day BBQ. Photos: Supplied.

The Guinness World Book of Records says the oldest open-air cinema in Australia is Broome’s Sun Picture Theatre which opened 113 years ago. Fast forward to today. The idea of watching movies in the great outdoors is as popular as ever and this weekend Canberrans can enjoy the experience at the launch of the ACT’s newest outdoor cinema.

The River Garden Cinema, held at the award-winning Pialligo Estate, will kick off this Friday evening with the famous Aussie film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It continues Saturday evening with another iconic Aussie film, Crocodile Dundee.

This weekend is the launch of the River Garden Cinema at award-winning Pialligo Estate. Images supplied by Pialligo Estate.

This weekend is the launch of the River Garden Cinema at award-winning Pialligo Estate.

The films will be shown near the river starting at sunset, around 8:30 pm, but movie-goers are invited to bring their picnic rugs and relax on the lawns of Pialligo Estate from 6 pm.

“The inspiration for the River Garden Cinema is in line with our love of hosting events that the whole family can enjoy and that soak up the special atmosphere the Estate is so famous for,” says General Manager Charlie Costelloe.

Produce from Pialligo Estate will be among the first air cargo of Canberra produce to leave for Singapore tonight. Photo:

Pialligo Estate’s delicious Charcuterie and cheeseboards will be available.

The weekend cinema picnic menu features produce grown and smoked on the Estate itself. Charcuterie and cheeseboards are perfect for sharing, as are vegan antipasto platters and cheeseboards. Other menu items include pasta, sausage sliders and burgers. Special kids’ meals are also available. Pialligo Estate Prosecco and wines are on the drinks line-up, as is champagne and Capital Brewing beer. All beverages will be sold at cellar door prices.

Pialligo Estate is also hosting an Australia Day BBQ this Sunday.

Aside from the cinema events, Pialligo Estate is also hosting its Australia Day BBQ, a true family feast, with a buffet featuring a whole pig rotisserie, whole snapper, gourmet sausage sizzle, summer salads and refreshing desserts. Sunday’s event starts at 5 pm and there will be loads of activities to keep young ones entertained, including at Pialligo Estate’s brand-new cubby houses.

Tickets are a must for all weekend events and can be bought through Eventbrite, with details on the Pialligo Estate website. Tickets for the cinema are $15 per adult and $10 per child (plus booking fee) and can be bought here. All food and drink must be bought on-site. Tickets for the Australia Day BBQ are $59 per adult and $29 per child (plus booking fee) and include all food and activities. Buy your tickets here. No pets are permitted.

Want to know what else Pialligo Estate has got on? Have your pick from events ranging from Summer High Tea (various days February and March), The Academy workshop and classes, Meet the Maker dinner series and even Kids Cooking Classes.

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6 Responses to From outdoor cinemas to a Sunday BBQ, Pialligo Estate has got your long weekend covered
Leslie Bennett Leslie Bennett 11:19 pm 25 Jan 19

Ashleigh Kate Kayla Bennett would you like to go to an outdoor movie and have a picnic on Saturday night?

    Ashleigh Kate Ashleigh Kate 11:30 pm 25 Jan 19

    Leslie Bennett I cant. I’ve got Amelia’s party.

    Kayla Bennett Kayla Bennett 8:34 am 26 Jan 19

    What time is it?

    Leslie Bennett Leslie Bennett 9:16 am 26 Jan 19

    Movie starts at 8.30 and can arrive and have a picnic from 6pm. I would have to buy tickets in advance so let me know if you want to come

    Kayla Bennett Kayla Bennett 11:35 am 26 Jan 19

    I'll come

    Leslie Bennett Leslie Bennett 11:36 am 26 Jan 19

    okey dokey, we’ll organise the tickets and will see you there. Do you want to bring anyone?

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