CHIPPING Norton Theatre is a long way from the sea, but it's the place to go if you want to find out Why the Whales Came.

The Michael Morpurgo Classic is coming to the venue this autumn, and promoters hope it will make a big splash with local audiences.

A spokesman said: "Why the Whales Came stars multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller and has already been seen by over 11,000 people. It is full of fun, mystery and adventure and is suitable for everyone aged seven and over.

"Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea, in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions, and learn why the whales came to the island."

The date for the diary is Tuesday October 3, at 1.30pm and 6pm.

Tickets and further details on, 01608 642350