Festive fun at Mugdock Park

23-06-2015 'Mugdock Country Park, Visitor Centre.'Picture Paul McSherry.
23-06-2015 'Mugdock Country Park, Visitor Centre.'Picture Paul McSherry.

With Christmas now firmly on the horizon, local residents and visitors are being invited to mull over gift ideas at Mugdock Country Park.

Mugdock will be hosting a number of promotions and events in the weekends counting down to Christmas - culminating in a festive fayre to be held at the park on Friday, November 27 (5pm-9pm) featuring a host of family-friendly attractions.

Highlights of the Christmas Fayre evening include:

· Festive gift ideas from a range of local businesses

· Children’s rides

· Christmas lights switch-on

· Santa’s Grotto

· Arts and crafts

· Music, singing and dancing

· Mulled wine, hot chestnuts, freshly-baked donuts, mince pies and refreshments

· Market stalls.

Councillor Eric Gotts, Chair of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee, said: “Christmas is just over 10 weeks away and preparations are already well underway to celebrate the festive season in style at Mugdock.

“I will be helping to switch on the Christmas lights at the event on November 27 and there will be great fun for all the family - focused on the courtyard area, but also including businesses at the park such as Caulders and the Mugdock Makkers.

“Watch out for further announcements as we get closer to Christmas.

“In the meantime, I would encourage everyone to visit Mugdock Country Park.

“Autumn is a particularly beautiful time and there is a superb range of leisure, conservation, retail and cultural activities on offer.”

Mugdock Country Park attracts more than 600,000 visitors per year.

A survey carried out this year - commissioned to help guide future development - found that the majority of users come from within a 20-mile radius of the park - with family activities, dog walking and exercise very popular.

Satisfaction with most of the facilities was high - including theatre/room hire, the new playpark, the Victorian walled garden, Mugdock Castle, paths and the Stables Tearoom.

However,respondents flagged up a desire for improved car parking, toilets and adventure trails.