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Drive-in festival is heading to Cheltenham

With tickets on sale now, The Parking Lot Social Easter Festival drive-in extravaganza will be rolling into Cheltenham Racecourse on April 6 and 7.

2021's tour brings with it a selection of familiar favourites alongside some new additions, including Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban complete with costume competition and wizard themed quiz.

Brand new for this year is The Parking Lot Social Easter Panto. Following the success of the Christmas drive-in production of Cinderella last year, the traditional theatre production has had an seasonal makeover - with cast members putting on a special performance of The Wizard of Oz, uniquely tailored to the drive-in format.

Sashaying onto the stage for 2021, the stars of RuPauls Drag Race UK will also be entertaining adults. Fans of the cult show can expect iconic performances from coveted cast members, including season one alumni Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo, Vinegar Strokes and Gothy Kendoll, with current season two queens Ginny Lemon, Ellie Diamond and Tayce also confirmed.

In addition to Harry Potter, a host of drive-in movies for all ages are also on offer, as well as the hugely popular Social Kids event. Families can safely get together to enjoy the interactive showcase with an afternoon of quizzes, Car-a-oke, games and even a silent disco.

For a drive-in laughs, the Parking LOL Comedy Night is once again back on the road, with some of the UK's finest comedians to be announced.

John Kinnersley, chief operating officer at XL Event Lab, the company behind the event, said: "As we know the arts, including drag performances and theatre productions, have been heavily impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we're proud to give these talented entertainers the opportunity to perform to a live audience again."

Attendees will be entertained in their cars from a vast custom made stage, with shows broadcast across two 40ft screens. Using the best technology, audio will be transmitted from the stage directly to each vehicle through a dedicated FM radio channel.

Organisers added that it's a completely contactless event ensuring a safe and socially distant experience. They set up strict cleaning and distancing rules for the most recent winter events and plans in place for Easter will all be in accordance with local government guidelines.

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