Powderham Castle to host UK’s first car park party – three days of social distance comedy, music and film

The UK’s first ever car park party is coming to Powderham Castle in July for a weekend of social distancing comedy, karaoke and cinema.

Tickets are now on sale for the three-day party, being held from July 3-5, where a different event is planned for each day.

All the party fun will be enjoyed from the safety of your own car for the social distant drive-in nights.

Charlie Courtenay, the Earl of Devon, said: “We’re really thrilled to provide a safe space for these socially-distant, drive-in nights.

“We are proud that our local heritage and events businesses can work in coalition to entertain the community in these most challenging times and lift some of the lockdown blues.

“We can’t wait to see visitors again in July, even if it’s just through the car window.”

Comedy Store talent will perform on Friday, July 3, and live music returns to the castle on Saturday, July 4, with a Night at The Musical and Back to The Eighties sing-a-long concerts, including on-screen lyrics and live music from the Massaoke Band.

The weekend comes to a close with car park cinema – a night at the movies – on Sunday, July 5, where two blockbuster hits, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, are planned.

The classic American drive-in movie experience has two films showing on a giant cinema screen.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Car park party provides not just an evening, but a whole weekend to look forward to.

“Each day will hold a different fun-filled experience showcasing car park comedy, car park karaoke and car park cinema, something for all of the family and friends to enjoy.”

The organisers said strict COVID-19 social distance guidelines will be followed throughout the three days.

The event traffic management will include two-metre parking and number plate checking.

Tickets will be scanned through car windows.

There will be a range of food and drink available at the event, with social distancing measures in place.

The organisers said toilet facilities will be provided with social distancing, health and safety management, and sanitisation measures.

Tickets are limited, available from £25. See here for more information.

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