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Franklin’s Gardens to stage ultimate ‘Drive-In’ Experience this summer

Rugby might be off the menu for Saints until at least August, but it’s time for Northampton to buckle up as Franklin’s Gardens presents ‘Car Park Party’ next month.

The UK’s only live event currently touring, Car Park Party is a safe and socially-distanced entertainment experience which brings together world-renowned comedy, theatre and karaoke brands for a unique drive-in event.

Car Park D at Franklin’s Gardens (off Edgar Mobbs Way) will host two evenings of shows on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July, and the wide range of acts on offer means that whether you are after a family day out or an evening away from the kids, we have something for you – all to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own car!

“Without rugby we’ve had to consider more innovative ideas to help fill the void,” said Northampton Saints Chief Executive, Mark Darbon.

“Car Park Party absolutely fits that bill and we very much look forward to welcoming some of the UK's most entertaining acts to Franklin’s Gardens in July.”

Tickets go on sale from 10AM ON FRIDAY 12 JUNE  starting from just £30 per car. Only 350 parking spaces are available for each performance, so don’t delay and CLICK HERE to book now.

Click here for a full list of FAQs, and for more information visit www.carparkparty.com.

CAR PARK COMEDY – Friday 17 July, 6pm-7.30pm and 8.30pm-10pm (£35 per car*)

Friday evening sees two shows from The Comedy Store hit the Car Park stage in two early and late evening slots. With nearly 40 years’ experience in the business, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent and remains the place to see tomorrow’s stars today – with the likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican cutting their teeth with The Comedy Store in years gone by. A lorry-load of laughs are guaranteed with some of the brightest names in comedy today heading to Northampton to put smiles on faces in every car.
Please note: the early and late Comedy Store shows will both feature the same comedians performing the same sets.

CAR PARK THEATRE – Saturday 18 July, 2.30pm-3.30pm (£30 per car*)

‘Horrible Histories: Live On Stage’ first launched in 2005 and having performed to over three million people across the UK, the company brings record-breaking ‘Barmy Britain’ – the longest-running children’s show in West End history – to Franklin’s Gardens. It’s history with the nasty bits left in! Will you be conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? And will Thomas Becket get the chop? One thing is for sure; you’ll have the best seats in the house on Saturday lunchtime to meet crazy characters and rude rulers from our Britain’s barmy past.

CAR PARK KARAOKE – Saturday 18 July, 7pm-8pm and 9pm-10pm (£35 per car*)

Festivities will be rounded off on Saturday evening with two spectacular sing-a-long concerts from The Massaoke Band – a brilliant live ensemble playing the greatest anthems of all time! Giant screens will project the lyrics, reinventing the car sing-a-long so all the family can join in. One of the most exhilarating live acts around, The Massaoke Band have performed at the Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals, as well as the Rugby World Cup, and will rock Northampton with two stunning sets – ‘A Night At The Musicals’ and ‘Back To The Eighties’.
Please note: ‘A Night At The Musicals’ is 7pm-8pm show and ‘Back To The Eighties’ is 9pm-10pm show.

Car Park Party will adhere to all Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, to ensure all attendees have an enjoyable and very safe experience:

  • Car Park Party is an organised gathering – we will know in advance who is attending,
  • We have a traffic management team on site and all vehicles will be parked two metres apart. Number-plates will be checked on entry.
  • Tickets will be scanned through the windows, so no human contact necessary.
  • There will be a range of outdoor food and beverage offering available at the event.
  • Toilet facilities will be provided with social distancing health and safety management and sanitisation measures in place.


* All bookings subject to a £2.50 booking fee.

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