The red sun sets on what is an unseasonably mild evening for this time of year as the artfully lit cloisters on either side of us frame the main event: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. On a big screen. In a Victorian cemetery.

It doesn’t get any better than this! Well, actually, it does.

My good friends are with me as we tuck into a sumptuous picnic and bottle of champers we have laid out on the four chairs in front (which are soon to be claimed by a family; how inconsiderate of them!). Whether you think the film itself is a modern classic and one of Hitchcock’s finest, or whether you think the effects are dated, the film longer than it needs to be and the acting below par, it is a wonderful experience. Nomad Cinema has done it again. By combining classic film with perfect outdoor settings and a charitable cause, they really have mastered the increasingly saturated art of pop-up cinema.

I have now been to a few of these outdoor cinema events and I can safely say this was the best. If you get the chance to see an old film in the middle of a spooky cemetery, do it!

Posted by Catherine Bunting, Cambridge