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Bishop Auckland Bishop Auckland Town Hall. Tickets through Gala Theatre 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA; 0300 026 6600; www.galadurham.co.uk Harry Potter. Saturday 4 February 10.30am. Wizards, wands, spells and butterbeer. Come along and have a magical experience and celebrate Harry Potter and National Libraries Day (Muggles allowed). Tickets: £2 per wizard (grown-ups free) The Owl and the Pussycat. Monday 3rd April, 10.30am. Presented by Kitchen Zoo. The Owl and the Pussycat are surprised when a storm sweeps them out the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected voyage to a curious land! A joyful journey for energetic little explorers aged 3 -7 and their grownups using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.Tickets: £2 (For children aged 3-7)

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DURHAM Gala Theatre 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA; 0300 026 6600; www.galadurham.co.uk Sponge Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February Age: 0-4 • 11.00am & 2.00pm; £17.50 • Sponge is about all things spongy: a child’s ability to soak things up like a sponge, a nice piece of cake or the squashy, squishy texture that fascinates children and adults alike. Infused with audience participation and improvisation, multi-sensory experiences and happy hearted inclusivity, Sponge is a fabulously kitsch adventure into the 1970s set to a score with interludes from composers such as Henry Mancini.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Wednesday 15 March Age: 4+ • 2.00pm, 4.00pm & 6.00pm | £6 (£5 concession) • Presented by Northern Ballet. With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s magical productions continue with a brand-new retelling of Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Bringing the classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Our 4pm performance of Goldilocks & the Three Bears is a relaxed performance.

The Owl and the Pussycat Saturday 25 March Age: 3-7 11.30am and 1.30pm. £7 (£5 conc and £1 babe in arms). Presented by Kitchen Zoo. The Owl and the Pussycat are surprised when a storm sweeps them out the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected voyage to a curious land! A joyful journey for energetic little explorers aged 3 -7 and their grownups using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.

Dinosaur World Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April Age: 3+ • 11.30am & 2.30pm (+7.30pm on Sunday 16); £12.50 (Danger seats £15) • Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family.

Scarecrow’s Wedding Tuesday 18, 2.00pm & 4.00pm & Wednesday 19 April, 12.00pm & 2.30pm Age: 3+ • £12 (£10 conc, £1 babe in arms) • Presented by Scamp Theatre. Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry, so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials. However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. Can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back before Reginald ruins their special day? This truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells! This epic love story is suitable for all aged 3+.

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MANCHESTER The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ; 0843 208 6000; www.thelowry.com HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS Wed 7 Dec – Sun 8 Jan 2017. Age: 4+ When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on an hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as they all join forces to save the festive season! It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, wildly funny and moving way you’ll ever see! Relaxed Performance. Thu 29 December 2:30pm

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NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 6BR; 08448 11 21 21; www.theatreroyal.co.uk CINDERELLA Tue 22 Nov ‘16 – Sun 15 Jan ‘17. Age: 6+ This Christmas, Theatre Royal panto audiences are invited to join the comedy trio of Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward at the most magical pantomime of them all, Cinderella. Cinderella will be brought spectacularly to life in a sumptuous production packed with special effects, family-friendly comedy, stunning sets, outrageous costumes, and that most magical pantomime moment when Cinderella is transported to the Prince’s Ball with the help of a pumpkin, some mice and lots of Fairy Godmother magic! Traditional pantomime.

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