Win­ter won­der­land at park

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page -

Beecraigs Coun­try Park will trans­form into a Win­ter Won­der­land next Christ­mas as a new fes­tive light­show is set to il­lu­mi­nate the pop­u­lar coun­try park be­tween No­vem­ber and Jan­uary. Along­side an il­lu­mi­nated wood­land trail, Beecraigs will be­come home to a Christ­mas Mar­ket and a Santa sto­ry­telling ex­pe­ri­ence. There will also be a Christ­mas maze and Christ­mas trees for sale. West Loth­ian Coun­cil has agreed a five year lease with Rowen, a Lin­lith­gow based events com­pany. The com­pany is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Unique Events to stage the event on their be­half. Unique is a well- known event man­age­ment com­pany with 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in run­ning sim­i­lar fes­tive events in­clud­ing Ed­in­burgh’s Hog­manay. The sea­sonal event will be staffed and run by Rowen em­ploy­ees though the coun­cil will mon­i­tor its im­pact. Rowen will also cover any restora­tion costs in the wood­lands. The deal will earn the coun­cil £55,000 over the next five years. Chair­ing the coun­cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive, which agreed the five year let of the county park, coun­cil leader Lawrence Fitz­patrick suggested that all the money raised should be ringfenced for the county’s coun­try parks. The event will be tick­eted, and ac­cess to the il­lu­mi­na­tion trail will be re­stricted in the af­ter­noon and evenings. The rest of the park, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar vis­i­tor cen­tre and café, will re­main ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic dur­ing the event.

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