August 5, 2017

To coincide with the Burton art gallery’s Quentin Blake “BFG in Pictures” exhibition this summer, a special outdoor cinema event will show the original animated BFG movie from 1989 in Victoria Park on Saturday, September 2.

With gates opening at 6.30pm and the film starting at 7.45pm – to ensure dusk is well on its way and for the film to be seen better – the movie is a classic “cartoon” adaptation of the story Roald Dahl created, and which Quentin Blake famously illustrated, about Sophie and the BFG.

With such a high-profile, well-loved artist as Quentin Blake coming to North Devon, the Burton gallery wanted to celebrate this with a large event, which is expected to attract an audience of up to 500 parents, children and fans of the book.

The Burton has partnered with the local Co-op in Bideford, which has kindly donated 30 bags of popcorn to give free to all children who attend the event. And Bideford Town Council is supporting the event with a financial donation.

Marketing and events officer at the Burton gallery, Anthony Burt, said: “We’re very excited about this huge, outdoor cinema event and look forward to welcoming families to the world of the Big Friendly Giant for the evening. Everyone coming can bring their own picnics, blankets and chairs and, if children want to get into BFG fancy dress, then that’s even better!”

Anyone planning to come see the film is encouraged to go inside the Burton before the event to “get in the mood” by viewing the stunning Quentin Blake “BFG in Pictures” exhibition.

Tickets for the event can be bought online at the Burton’s website on or purchased in the gallery shop or over the phone on 01237 471455. Tickets cost: £8 per adult and £5 per child (prices on the gate on the night are £10 per adult and £8 per child).

The Burton’s Café du Parc will be open late on the night selling “movie food”, such as hot dogs, ice-cream, crepes (as well as wine for the adults).

The BFG in Pictures exhibition is touring from the House of Illustration (HoI) and is on until October 1.

The Burton is open 10-5 Mon to Sat and 11-4 on Sundays during August.

More info about this event is at:


Notes to editors

  • Gates Open 6.30pm, film Starts at 7.45pm
  • The film’s certificate is a “U” so is suitable for all ages to watch.
  • The film running time is 87 minutes, so it should be finished by 9.15pm.
  • The park gates will be locked at 10pm
  • Event will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions including extremely high winds. Event will go ahead even in the event of rain so no refunds will be given through choice of not attending.
  • Refunds will only be given in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Gallery and with 48 hours’ notice.
  • Please leave Victoria Park as you find it: clean and tidy! All rubbish to be placed in bins provided.
  • Admittance to the event will be given only to those providing proof of ticket purchase and wristbands will be given on entrance to help identify paying customers.
  • The free popcorn offer for every child attending is subject to availability on the night.
  • Child ticket = aged 2 – 16. Under 2’s free entry.


Anthony Burt, Marketing and events – 01237 471455

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum

The Burton at Bideford is a Charitable Trust and is one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. It is a dynamic and vibrant space, showing local, national and international artists. With 2 exhibition spaces, a retail area, an education space and a café in addition to the heritage displays and craft gallery, the Burton attracts a wide range of audiences of all ages from the local and international communities and provides the opportunity to access and engage with artists, collections and exhibitions on all levels. It also houses a permanent collection of works including Hubert Coop RBA, Sir John Lavery, E. Aubrey Hunt and Sir George Clausen RA, as well as information and artefacts illustrating Bideford’s famous personalities and past industries including a Slipware Collection and The Ackland and Edwards Collection.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact

Anthony Burt, Naomi Wilson or Emily Paine at The Burton on 01237 471455


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