FAMILIES can take youngsters to a series of free workshops at a pet store during the half-term break.

The Pets at Home shop, on Bishop Auckland Retail Park, will run sessions focusing on caring for gerbils until February 25.

Staff will share their knowledge on how to care for gerbils responsibly and different species and youngsters will get to meet some of the furry little creatures.

Store manager Sharon Allan said: "Gerbils are active, sociable and low maintenance, making them an ideal first pet for kids.

"Our free in-store workshops are a chance for Bishop Auckland's young pet lovers to learn more about gerbils and our colleagues will be on hand to offer tips and advice."

The sessions are part of the My Pet Pals Activity Club, to book online go to petsathome.com/workshops