Al Fresco theatre at Syon Park

Events companies have been trying to work out Covid-proof entertainment that they can plan ahead, that they can deliver outside in a socially distanced way without fear of it being cancelled. Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Al Fresco theatre at Syon Park in June, like its sister event to Pub in the Park at Chiswick House in September, offers outside entertainment with gourmet food from ‘some of the most exciting and well-known chefs in the UK’.

With this event you drive in, park in your socially distanced spot and have your food brought to you in your car, or picnic outside the car while you enjoy theatre, comedy, music or a movie.

Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 June.



Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club on Friday 11 June at 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm presents Nina Conti, Mark Watson and Ivo Graham.

Nina Conti is an outstanding talent, an actor and a stand up comedian whose television credits include Live at the Apollo, Comic Relief and Russell Howard’s Good News. She appears with her puppets Granny and Monkey. She’s actually a pretty good ventriloquist, though as she says on Twitter, these days you wouldn’t know it!

Mark Watson is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well.

“I’m really excited that Carpool Comedy Club is back” he says. “We had a great time last year, bringing live comedy safely to the Drive & Dine tour, and we were overwhelmed both by the demand and by the response from audiences”.

Ivo Graham was the youngest ever winner of So You Think You’re Funny in 2009 and was snapped up straight away by the biggest talent agency in the UK, Off the Kerb. He has also become a regular at the Edinburgh Festival. His television appearances include Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

Live music

The Bootleg Beatles are performing on Saturday 12 June at 6.00 and 9.00 pm. They are “off the scale fabulous” according to Rdio Two preenter Chris Evans. Jonathan Ross has declared them “Terriffic” and even the Liverpool Echo – surely the severest of critics – reckon they’re ‘Glorious’.

Children’s theatre

The Gruffalo is live on stage at 12.00 and 2.30 pm on Sunday 13 June. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Drive-in movies

The film programme includes all time favourites Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing along with more recent films Bohemian Rhapsody and JoJo Rabbit. They also have two sing-along films in the schedule: The Greatest Showman and Grease.


Foodwise, we’re looking at exclusive dishes and menu crafted by  some of the most  exciting, talented and well-known chefs in the UK – including Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Atul Kochhar, Paul Ainsworth and Jason Atherton

‘Brand new for 2021, The Alfresco Theatre Drive-in Tour (from the creators of Pub in the Park) has revealed the hottest line-up of UK chefs that will be bringing tasty dishes to your town this summer!

‘The Alfresco Theatre team have created the ultimate travelling restaurant; The Alfresco Diner with superstar chefs Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Atul Kochhar, Paul Ainsworth and Jason Atherton all joining forces to create an exclusive menu of one-off, not-to-be-missed dishes.

‘The band of travelling chefs will be bringing fantastic food and good times to six locations across the UK, for a highly anticipated weekend of excitement and much needed fun. The Alfresco Diner is the only place in the UK you’ll be able to taste these incredible dishes this summer – all while enjoying a live show, comedy gig or big-screen movie! The mouth-watering menu will be revealed in the coming weeks and will be available to pre-book ahead of arrival at your chosen Alfresco show.

Tom Kerridge:

“I’m so excited to be working with some great pals and top chefs to bring a lush menu to The Alfresco Theatre Drive-in Tour. We all deserve a bit of fun this summer and I can’t wait for everyone to dig into some great food whilst watching some quality live gigs!”

Jason Atherton:

“We’ve all missed digging into some fantastic food over the past year, and I’m so excited to be working with other amazing chefs to bring such a great menu to the tour. I can’t wait for everyone to experience the dishes we’ve created, whilst watching some brilliant live entertainment!”


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