Car Park Panto comes to Harrogate

Car Park Panto comes to Harrogate

16 December 2020

Since the first announcement of CAR PARK PANTO, there has been a flurry of media attention around the unique idea of staging one of the most beloved family festive highlights in a car park. The public loved the idea also, snapping up tickets within a matter of hours leading to a complete sold out run.

Due to the phenomenal demand from Yorkshire, CAR PARK PANTO, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, are announcing special New Years Eve show with two amazing performances of HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS at Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on 31st December.

Just when you thought your Christmas show had been cancelled, Horrible Histories comes to the rescue with their own unique take on the festive season.  HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today, enabling families to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner from the comfort of their own sleigh car!

Car Park Panto comes to Harrogate

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on a
hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season!

It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, funny and moving way you’ll ever see!

After a truly unique summer performing at various sell-out CAR PARK THEATRE events, it was evident to Horrible Histories Actor/Manager Neal Foster (Birmingham Stage Company) that the audience for live theatre is huge even during this current time:

We were thrilled to be invited to take part in the run of Car Park Party events around the country and were overwhelmed by the response of the audience, who were clearly delighted and relieved to see actors live on stage again. I was totally surprised by just how well Car Park Theatre worked and loved the whole collective experience.

With normal everyday life still somewhat far away, the cost of the pandemic is continuing to be felt and whilst we still have Christmas to look forward to, it’s going to feel very different without the family trip to the theatre.  Christmas is often the first time a child experiences live theatre and now with hundreds of shows, big and small, being cancelled throughout the land, families and children in particular are going to lose out on one the cornerstones of the festive period.  Horrible Histories will hopefully go some way to providing the laughter and cheer with this perfect story for the times this December.

Neal Foster continued:

We can’t wait to be back on stage in cities and towns that will be crying out for a Christmas show to entertain their families. As you’d expect from Horrible Histories, it’s not a traditional pantomime, but a journey through the story of Christmas in the company of the season’s most fabulous characters. It’s the perfect story for families this winter, as one young boy battles to save Christmas for the world, in this hilarious, joyous and moving celebration.

The team behind Car Park Theatre are passionate about live theatrical entertainment and, in a world where this has been put on pause, they have created the ultimate safe, social distanced solution to bring the festive cheer back into people’s lives and communities back together.

There are limited tickets for each show priced at £47 per sleigh car (£2.50 booking fee applies). Grab the reigns and secure your space for the drive-in event of the season.

Performance times: 2pm & 5pm

Tickets & T&C’s are available at
Friday 11th December – Chelmsford City Racecourse (4:30pm and 7pm)
Saturday 12th December – IWM Duxford (2pm and 5pm)
Sunday 13th December – Newark Showground (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Monday 14th December – Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton (4.30pm and 7pm)
Tuesday 15th December – Ricoh Arena, Coventry (4.30pm and 7pm)
Friday 18th December – Exeter Racecourse (4:30pm and 7pm)
Saturday 19th December – Bristol Airport (2pm and 5pm)
Sunday 20th December – Bristol Airport (2pm and 5pm)
Monday 21st December – Cheltenham Racecourse (2pm and 5pm)
Tuesday 22nd December – The Royal Bath & West Showground (2pm and 5pm)
Wednesday 23rd December – Newbury Racecourse (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Thursday 24th December – Knebworth House, Hertfordshire (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Saturday 26th December – AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester (2pm and 5pm)
Sunday 27th December – AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Monday 28th December – Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool (2pm and 5pm)
Tuesday 29th December – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough (2pm and 5pm)
Wednesday 30th December – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Thursday 31st December – Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate (2pm and 5pm)
Saturday 2nd January – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
Sunday 3rd January – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (11am, 2pm and 5pm)

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