HALF-term is fast approaching and Helmsley Arts Centre has a whole host of activities for the little ones - and bigger family members.

Events range from puppet theatre and circus skills workshops to cinema. At Easter, the centre awaits the return of Nick Sharratt, much-loved children’s illustrator of Jaqueline Wilson books and his own collection of children’s books.

Alongside its weekly cinema, Helmsley Arts Centre puts on a 2.30pm showing of a recent, animated children’s film. On February, Wednesday 14, it is screening Pixar’s latest film, Ferdinand. Paddington 2 will also be screened on Friday, February 16 for those who missed its initial release.

As well as cinema, Moon On A Stick theatre company is performing an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood on Thursday, February 15. With the help of the audience, Little Red finds her way through the trees along with her trusty friend Felix the fox, who can stop sneezing. Moon On A Stick mix charming storytelling and side-splitting comedy to tell a story of bravery, friendship and a tale of overcoming all the odds.

Finally, on the Saturday, February 16, the arts centre is hosting Mr Dan the Circus Man, who is offering a day workshop for children to learn circus skills including, stilt walking, juggling, plate spinning and many more fun skills.

To book, go to helmsleyarts.co.uk or phone 01439 771700.