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In preparation for its next panto, Cinderella, Durham's Gala Theatre is encouraging its customers to “grow your own”, and in conjunction with the Poplar Tree Garden Centre in Shincliffe village, is running a pumpkin growing competition. Packets of pumpkin seeds are available for collection from Gala Box Office on a first-come first served basis. All entries must be returned to Gala the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November for inclusion. The winners will receive tickets to one of the theatre's in-house shows in 2011.


Donald McBride will appear as one of the ugly sisters; Neil Armstrong as Cinderella’s wicked step uncle, Baron Gristle; Spennymoor based actor, Paul Hartley as Buttons, and his partner in crime, Jane Deane, as Dishes. All four have appeared in both of Gala’s previous in-house pantomimes. Joining them will be Australian born actor, Tom Caley, who plays Prince Charming and Helen Embleton, as Fairy Marigold, Cinderella’s fairy godmother.


Cinderella is at the Gala Theatre from Wednesday 1st December 2010 until Saturday 8th January 2011.




More information can be found in this weeks Sunderland Echo:





Grow your own for Cinderella



Falconry Displays at Poplar Tree Garden Centre Durham:


This falconry show is suitable for everyone, from toddlers to pensioners. The show includes a static & flying display with instant photo opportunities.


This is a chance to see birds of prey at their most exciting right here in The North East of England. The breathtaking flying demonstrations offer a unique photo and video opportunity.


School parties are made very welcome at the Centre, which offers a unique educational experience.


This Falconry Display in Durham will offer an affordable, truly spectacular falconry display that visitors will be talking about for weeks after the event. In this Hi-Tech age of computers and gadgets we often forget the power that lies in Nature; that power and magnificence is never more apparent than

when you see these wondrous creatures displaying their talents and abilities.


A Falconry Display is described as a truly unique & unforgetable experience for all to see. For directions to Poplar Tree Garden Centre Durham for the Falconry Show, please click here.




• Sunday 18th July

• Sunday 1st August

• Sunday 8th August

• Sunday 15th August

• Sunday 22nd August


Please check the website here or at www.poplartreegardencentre.co.uk , or call Poplar Tree Garden Centre for updates in regards to these events.