Drive-in panto and Christmas movies come to festive Trinity Park

Iain Lauchlan who will be writing and starring in Jack and the Beanstalk, the drive-in panto, at Trinity Park straight after ...

Iain Lauchlan who will be writing and starring in Jack and the Beanstalk, the drive-in panto, at Trinity Park straight after Christmas Photo: Joe Bailey - FiveSix Photography - Credit: Archant

Christmas is back on the schedule – Christmas has not been cancelled – and a drive-in panto with additional days of Christmas movies is just what Santa needs to put the festive bounce back in everyone’s step.

Jack and the Beanstalk, the drive-in panto, is being screened at Trinity Park, Ipswich, after Christmas Photo: Pop-Up Pictur...

Jack and the Beanstalk, the drive-in panto, is being screened at Trinity Park, Ipswich, after Christmas Photo: Pop-Up Pictures/Ideal Events - Credit: Archant

The Suffolk Showground at Trinity Park will be hosting a long weekend of festive treats including feelgood seasonal movies, a drive-in pantomime and lots of festive food and drink treats.

The Trinity Park Christmas Drive-In will run from December 27-30 and is being staged by Ideal Events and Pop-Up Pictures. The pantomime will be Jack and the Beanstalk and will be presented as a screened event at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily.

The drive-in panto will be presented by one of Britain’s top producing theatres, the Belgrade in Coventry.

The star of the show will be Iain Lauchlan, one of Britain’s best-known panto dames for over 20 years who will also write and direct the show. Iain has been a well-known face on children’s TV for many years working on the likes of The Tweenies, Fun Song Factory, Playdays and the iconic BBC TV children’s programme Play School.


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Joining him in the show will be a cast of professional performers including Craig Hollingsworth, Morna MacPherson, Arinia Ii and Ayden Morgan, and it will be supported behind the scenes by the highly-regarded Belgrade Theatre team which boasts a strong reputation for producing a range of work and is already working on productions for the UK City Of Culture 2021.

There will also be a full programme of classic Christmas movies being screened. These include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch, Elf and Muppet Christmas Carol.

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To keep everyone refreshed during their visit, there will also be a street food market offering a wide range of meals and snacks as well as hot toddies, hot chocolate and mulled wine, plus those all-important panto accessories for younger visitors – festive glow sticks.

Andrew Bunn, of Ideal Events, said: “A traditional fully-cast pantomime in person is difficult this year because of the current Covid-19 restrictions and so we thought this was the ideal way to ensure a wide audience from Ipswich and across Suffolk could still enjoy a fully-cast festive spectacular packed with panto magic.

“We all love a Christmas movie too and there will be a full programme of those for all ages to enjoy too, and we will be keeping you warm with a fantastic food and drink offering, so jump in your car and head along to the ultimate festive festival this December.”

Tickets for the drive-in movies and on-screen panto are available online.

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