RURAL venues are the places to go for half-term fun.

For October half-term, more than 200 children and their families enjoyed a variety of live theatre across Dorset courtesy of Artsreach.

With captivating storytelling, live music and stunning puppets, plus craft and storytelling workshop opportunities, two more fantastic family productions will be visiting seven venues across the county this February half term.

Fun-loving puppy Oskar leaves the snowbound little house on top of the mountain to try to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again?

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure is packed full of good humour, adventure, music and song, and was named winner of the Primary Times Best Children’s Play award.

This tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps is brought to life by Theatre Fideri Fidera, a professional Anglo Swiss children’s theatre company. It's suitable for ages two and above.

See Oskar’s Amazing Adventure in Piddle Valley School (07786 915559) on Monday, February 18 at 10am, Martinstown (01305 889963) on Monday February 18 at 3pm, Sturminster Newton Exchange (01258 475137) at 10am on Tuesday February 19, or Sandford Orcas (01963 220163) on Tuesday February 19 at 3pm. After the show, children can also enjoy Oskar’s Hibernation Workshop - a fun-filled drama, arts and craft workshop packed with creative activities and games inspired by the theme of hibernation and the animals in the play.

Next, the much-loved Angel Heart Theatre are back with a delightful re-imagining of one of Aesop's most loved fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Jacob is a young boy who loves to be playful, but when he is given the responsibility of being the village shepherd his wild imagination leads him astray.

Touring to Child Okeford (01258 861621) on Wednesday February 20 at 4pm, Chetnole (01935 873555) on Thursday February 21 at 4pm and Milborne St Andrew on Friday February 22 at 4pm. Ahead of the performance, children can take part in a Howling Tales workshop, featuring an infectiously fun blend of improvised storytelling, music making and movement.

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