A LOVEABLE brown bear in need of a hug is keen to meet local youngsters on Friday, August 8.

A theatre production at the Artrix by Blunderbus tells the story of Hugless Douglas who wakes up one morning and decides to track down the perfect hug and then discovers that there are lots to choose from.

A spokesman said: "Little people aged three to seven years will love this delightful new show which comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and high-energy storytelling.

"The production is just one of the many events taking place during the Artrix Family Fun Festival which runs from July 28 to August 15.

Tickets for the show, at 2pm, cost £10 (£8 under 16s and £32 for a family ticket) from the box office on 01527 577330 or artrix.co.uk.