Thirty years on and Storybook Glen is telling a new tale after recent changes

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A WELL-LOVED play and leisure area in Lower Deeside has been undergoing changes recently and has now even been re-named.

‘ Storybook Glen’ on the south side of the River Dee in Maryculter, loved by generations of children for its abundance of storybook characters and buildings, has now been reincarnated as ‘The Den and the Glen’ by the local Liddell family who first set it up 30 years ago.

The beautiful 28 acre glen has been a family business throughout its 30 years.

Former local GP Dr Stuart Liddell often seen working away there in his ‘wellies’, much to the delight of former patients.

The glen has in all that time provided fun while keeping families active and happy in its world of magic and make-believe.

To mark its 30th birthday, the Old MacDonald section of The Glen has recently welcomed two new Shetland ponies and two pigmy goats to accompany the Highland cow and vast array of other farmyard creatures. The Glen’ has also expanded its offerings to visitors by creating a new indoor play barn to add to its outdoor adventure play area.

Now it is hoped that the facility will also become a “community hub” with the launch of a number of multi-purpose rooms.

With everything from ‘diddi dance’ classes for pre-school children to therapy treatments and children’s portrait photography sessions already in the pipeline for the completely refurbished spaces of what was formerly the old restaurant, the owners of this local treasure trove believe it to be a step ahead of its nearest competitors when it comes to diversification and meeting the needs of visitors.

The Den and The Glen facility can be found by turning up the Stonehaven road of the South Deeside Road near the Old Mill Inn, and turning first left - it is well-signposted and there is plenty of parking space.