THE nation’s favourite yellow magic bear is bringing his tour to Dorset. After celebrating his 70th birthday in 2018, Sooty will be joined by Sweep, Soo and his TV pal Richard Cadell for Sooty’s Magic Show at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on May 11.

A tour spokesman said: “Sooty can’t wait to get back to doing what he loves the most this spring – performing in theatres for children up and down the country.

“Anyone watching the show will be astounded at Sooty’s flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage!”

Special guests include circus star Michael Jordan and the ultraviolet specialities of Fantasie de la Nuit.

In July 2018, Sooty celebrated 70 years of entertaining children by heading back to Blackpool North Pier, where Sooty was discovered, to host a free birthday party and celebrate in style.

Sooty’s Blackpool bash included fun and games for families and a special live performance of The Sooty Show, with all proceeds from the performance going to a hospice, Donna’s Dreamhouse, NHS Teaching Hospital Blackpool and Sooty’s long-standing charity partner, The Royal National Institute of Blind People.

There will be two performances of Sooty’s Magic Show at 11am and 2.30pm on Friday, May 11. Call the box office for tickets on 01202 499199.