All the latest events at Mugdock Country Park

THERE’S loads on at Mugdock Country Park over the next week.

People are being urged to support a very good ‘Claus’ and take part in the Santa Dash on Saturday.

The run is being organised by Deafblind Scotland and the participants have the choice of doing a 1k or a 5k race.

The costs are £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16 years – with those over 12 receiving a full Santa suit to ‘dash in’ whilst the under 12s receive reindeer antlers and a flashing red nose, as well as a gift from Santa himself.

Participants can register online at

There will also be a host of Christmas activities on offer over Saturday, 1st and Sunday, December 2, with fairground rides, face painting, bird box making and a treasure hunt.

Delicious festive fayre will also be on the menu and friends and family can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, candy floss and donuts.

When darkness falls, the Mugdock Christmas lights will be switched on by Sally Magnusson and Horace the Haggis – the main character of her new children’s book.

Sally and Horace will be doing a book signing at the event too.

Enjoy the fresh air and improve your health as you join a Mugdock ranger-led walk heading west along a section of the West Highland Way from Dumgoyne on Wednesday, December 5.

This walk will last an hour, on mainly level established paths.

Minibus transport available from Lennoxtown at 11am or meet at the walk start at 11.25am. The event is free - but booking essential, call 0141 956 6586.

Get your hands dirty at a rhododendron bash at Mugdock on Saturday, December 8 from 10am – noon.

Rhododendrons are spreading throughout the park so help to haul out and cut back this invasive bush to allow the native plants to come back.

Everyone 16 years and over welcome. Meet the Ranger at the visitor centre. No fee.

The Junior Nature Club meets on Sunday, December 9, from 1.45pm – 4pm and no parents are required!

Hear great stories about the natural world and get the chance to make up your own story in a series of ranger led activities for 8-12 year olds.

Cost is £1 and bookings can be taken from Friday.

Find out all about the Geminid Meteor Shower with the Ranger Service from 7.30pm till 9.30pm on Friday, December 14- there will be a short talk followed by a chance to search the December skies for one of the greatest natural firework displays of the year.

There will be an indoor slide talk if weather is unsuitable.

Cost is £1.50, which includes refreshments. Booking is essential.