Head to Mugdock Country Park for some fun events

THERE are some great events coming up soon at Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie.

You could find out more about the search for planets outside our solar system by going along to a free event called ‘Wish You Were Here - Searching for Exoplanets’ on Friday, October 12 from 7.45pm to 9.45pm.

This is one of the most intriguing areas of modern astronomy and The British Science Association, (West Scotland and Royal Observatory Edinburgh) will present two short engaging films, followed by a question and answer session and weather permitting, a stargazing session with hot chocolate and cookies. Booking is essential, call 0141 956 6100.

Children will love a Mousetale Puppets performance at the park called ‘Oscar and the Highland Castle’ on Saturday, October 13 at 2pm and 4pm. Set in 1307, Scotland lies defeated and Robert the Bruce is in hiding. Answering a call for help, Oscar the mouse heads for Loch Ness where he finds Incy Wincy Spider among the ruins of an old castle. Oscar joins Incy’s campaign to free the castle from English rule and restore Scotland’s independence. One of Scotland’s most evocative folk tales is imaginatively re-told with a combination of ultraviolet effects, shadow puppetry and upbeat music. After the show, you can stay behind to meet some of the puppets. Cost £5/£7. Booking is essential, call 0141 956 6100.

Staying with the puppet theme there will be a funky puppet making workshop called ‘Puppet Stew’ the following day, Sunday, October 14, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This is your chance to let your imagination go crazy, suitable for all ages and abilities. Cost £2 per puppet. Drop in at any time, under 7’s must be with an adult.

There will also be a photography walk with David Palmar on Sunday, October 14 from 10am to 4pm. This is aimed at beginners, but any standard of photographer welcome. Cost £20/adult, £10/child – suitable for 12 years and over if accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential, call 0141 956 6100. For more information see www.photoscot.co.uk

Last but not least there will be a seven-meter high rock climbing wall, supported by climbing equipment and experienced scaling staff, at the park on Sunday, October 14 and Thursday, October 18 from 11am to 3pm. This is suitable for ages five to 95, cost £3 for five minutes or £18 for half an hour.