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More half term highlights.

Slithery Slimy Show If you love creepy crawlies and beasties, come and meet the ZooLab team in Durham University's Botanic Garden where you can meet and even hold amazing creatures.

October 26, 11am. Suitable for ages 5-12 Favourite Animal Families Steve Bloom has photographed baby animals and their families around the world. You may even find out how adult polar bears keep warm and what giraffes really sound like!

Birley Room, Hatfield College. October 26, 3pm. Suitable for ages 7plus.

Sci-Fi Poetry Booth Unleash your creative side by dropping into the Poetry Booth. Think about all things science and get writing and recording your own amazing words.

Palace Green marquee. October 27, 10am-4pm. Suitable for ages 6 plus.

Get Writing! Songwriting and Poetry Workshop Our workshop will take you through the basics of writing songs and poems and enable you to perform your work in front of your friends and family.

Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley. October 27, 2-5pm plus evening performance. Suitable for aged 12 plus.

Free but book in advance on 01207 218899.

Meet Doctor Who author Paul Magrs Join best-selling author Paul Magrs for tales of the most famous doctor of them all. Paul will talk about his Doctor Who adventure tales as well as his latest book, The Diary of a Dr Who Addict.

Oriental Museum. October 27, 2-4pm. Suitable for ages 12 plus.

Armchair Journey with Seven Stories Hear magical tales and make your own crafts with Seven Stories, the centre for children''s books. Drop in throughout the day to be transported into a wonderful world of stories!

Venue: Palace Green marquee. October 28, 10am to 4pm. Suitable for ages seven and under.

Mad Science Author Gill Arbuthnott will be your guide through the weird and wonderful world of science, based on her fascinating books including Mad Scientists and Germ Wars. Find out about the man who ate everything and the Bee Duvet of Death!

Birley Room, Hatfield College. October 28, 3-4pm. Suitable for ages 9-12.
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