NURSERY and primary school children began getting into the Christmas spirit with a visit by performers from a theatre show.

Actors starring in Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, this year’s show for the under-fives at the Gala Theatre, in Durham, visited two schools for storytelling sessions and festive arts and crafts.

Pupils from St Michael’s RC Primary School, in Esh, and the Busy Bears Children’s Day Nursery, in Bearpark, were entertained by stars of the show, which opened on Monday and runs until Saturday, December 30.

Director Kate Sorahan Turner said: “It was great to visit local children to spread a bit of Christmas cheer and they certainly seemed to enjoy their time with Mrs Claus and Widget.

“Festive shows at Gala for young families have always been popular and this year is proving no exception, with tickets already selling extremely quickly.”

Tickets for the show cost from £6.50 to £7.50 and full details are available from or 03000 266 600.