Bah Humbug! Gonna Be A Horrible Christmas!

Despite the headline this is actually a good news story. During the summer Car Park Party brought us a series of drive in shows, for many these were the only forms of live entertainment on offer during a summer bereft of festivals and gigs.

After rave reviews from the public and press, they’re back this winter with CAR PARK PANTO, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, to present HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS.

Chelmsford City Racecourse will stage the first performances on Friday 11th December and Imperial War Museum Duxford has 2 performances on Saturday 12th December.

In the finest Horrible Histories educational tradition, HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is story of how Christmas came to be what it is today, with our cast of players guiding you through the history of Christmas from Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats. Join them on a hair-raising adventure in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they unite 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

Neal Foster, Birmingham Stage Company

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 in a car park near you this December.  

In accordance to the government guidelines starting 2nd December, drive-in entertainment is permitted under all three COVID tiers.

Tickets & T&C’s are available at

Full list of dates:

  • 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 – Cardiff 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 – Edinburgh Airport (2pm and 5pm)
  • Thursday 31st December – Edinburgh Airport (11am, 2pm & 5pm)
  • Saturday 2nd January – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (11am, 2pm and 5pm)
  • Sunday 3rd January – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (11am, 2pm and 5pm)