i wonder). See competition below for the chance to win family tickets and a copy of their new video.

The Gang Show Tue 24~Sat 28 Nov. 7pm; Sat 2.15pm 8: 7pm. £5—£8 (cones available). King's Theatre. 2 [even Street. 529 0000. Annual variety performance from Edinburgh‘s scouts and guides.


Activities And Fun

Magical World Of Christmas Unril Thu 24 Dec. Mott—Fri l lam. 2pm 8: 0.30pm; Sat 8; Sun noon. 2pm. 4pm & 0pm. £5.95: family ticket £20. Scotland's Theme Park. Strathclyde Country Park. Motherwell. 01098 333999. Festive fun at the theme park with a full-size circus big top. unlimited rides on Santa's funfair. life- sized animated scenes and a personal visit to Santa.

The Spirit Of Christmas Until Mon 4 Jan tclosed 25 Dec. | x 2.12m). Daily |lam~5pm £3.75 t£2.50). New Lanark Visitor Centre. New l.anark. 01555 001345. This award-winning. interactive ride. is adapted from the year-round ‘Annie McLeod lisperrence'. which looks at the origins of Christmas and its changing traditions. .-\1so at the centre for just £5. you can go on the ride. see New l.anark's mmi pantomime 'l‘lrr .li'rrelr' BIHIA (weekends only in Nov: daily until 22 Dec. times vary) and visit Santa in his grotto. Christmas Lights Switch On Thu 19 Nov. 7—9pm. Stirling City Centre. Stirling enters into the festive spirit with their annual evening of family fun. featuring celebrity guests. clowns. Santa Claus. and of cotrrse. thousands of fairy lights.

Bat Box Workshop Sat 2t Nov. 10arii-noon. l-‘ree. Caldergleii Country Park. Strathaven Road. liast Kilbride. 01335 230044. Build summer roost boxes for the resident bats.

Patrol With A Ranger Sa! 21 Nov. 2~4pm. .\luirshiel Centre. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. l.ochwinnoch. 01505 842803. Help the ranger look for the first signs of winter.

Santa At Mill Farm Sat 28 -Sun 20 Dec (weekends only). l0airr-5prii. £2.20

if; I . l0i. Almond \"alley Heritage Centre. Millfield. Livingston. 01500 414957. Christmas fun at the farm. with illuminated sleigh rides. nativity scene and Santa in his fai'ttiyat'd cottage.

Santa Steam Trains Sat 28 Nov—Sun 20 Dec (weekends- orilyi. Trains run every Sat t't Sun at 10.30am. noon. 1.30pm 8; 3pm. £5. Bo‘riess (S; ls'inneil Railway. Bo'ness Station. Union Street. lioness. 01500 825855. Join Santa on a steam train ride. with gifts for all the children and seasonal refreshments for adults.

GO Further With A Map Sun 29 Nov. 1.30pm. Sti'athclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherw ell. 01098 200155. Meet at the \\"atersports Centre and try your hand at oi'ieiiteei'irig. Bantams And Chickens Strn 29 Nov. 2pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park. Strathaven Road. liast Kilbi'ide. 01335 230044. l-ind out about how to look after our feathered friends.

Tree Day Sun 29 Nov. 2-4prii. Cornalees Bridge. Clyde .‘yltiirshiel Regional Park. l.och'1‘oni. Inverkip. 0147.5 521458. Learn all about trees at this theme day. including how they beiielit birds and mammals in the winter.


Pippi Longstocking (PU) on Sun 29 Nov. 2.30pm. £1.50. MacKober't Arts Centre. University Of Stirling. 01780 401081. See l‘ilni Index.


Little Klaus And Big Klaus Sat 31 Nov. 2.30pm.£31£l 501.1iastKilbrideArts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. 01355 201000. Ages 7+. Pay la's Puppets perform this magical fairytale.

The Singing Kettle Santa's Musical Toyshop liri 27-Sun 29 Nov. Fri 5.30pm; Sat llanr 8; 2pm: Sun noon & 3pm. £0—£8 (£5—£7l: family ticket £22 a £25. Ages

3 -10. Rollies Hall. Rotltes Square. Cileurothes.01592 011101. See photo caption.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £4.40 adults; £3.30 children (reductions for parties of over 10). Shows on offer over the coming fortnight are as follows:

The Nutcracker Sat 28 Nov. 2pm and Mon 30 Nov. 10.30am & 12.45pm. An innovative puppet production based on Hoffmann's fatnous story of fantasy and magic.

Pips And Panda ln Santa's Workshop Sun 22 Nov. 2pm and Thu 3 Dec. 10.30am & 12.45pm. Ages 7+. A new adventure for Pips and Panda as they go in search of their lost letter to Santa.

For complete listings of all Christmas shows taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the central belt, see Christmas

Shows preview, page 69.


119 Gorbals St Glasgow (35 9DS Tel 0141 429 0022/5561 Fax 0141 429 7374



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rTis the season of good will and those generous people at The Happy Gang are giving away ten sets of family tickets for their Christmas show at the following venues: TRAVERSE THEATRE, Edinburgh 13-42 Dec); SEDD, Glasgow (15-422 Dec) and FALKIRK Tilth lllll. (27 Dec). And as if that weren't enough. the first five winners will also receive a copy of their brand-spanking new video _ . - “It's The Happy Gang" featuring a host of weird and won- derful adventures as seen live on stage.

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