THE people of Barrmill were in for a festive treat as a magical elf world transformed their park.

The Barrmill Conservation Group organised a Christmas Vale Trail which saw scores of visitors from all over the Garnock Valley heading to magical land brought to life at Barrmill park and community centre.

Our first festive ‘Vale Trail’ brought twinkling fairy lights, lanterns and candle illuminations to the pathway sides and trees right through the old enchanted wooded quarry walkway we call the ‘Vale Grove’. And to spectacular and spellbinding effect.

Alastair Redpath from the Barrmill Conservation Group, said: “At the entrance to the park, children and adults were asked to create their own Christmas lanterns using festive cutouts and candles helped by arty elves, Michelle and Ava. They then proceeded along the Vale Grove to the fairy well, where people left their wishes for Santa and his elves to read. At the end of the trail, a generous elf toasted marshmallows over a fire pit, offering tales from the North Pole.”

“ Back in the community centre, the stallholder elves were busy selling their wares; the kitchen elves kept patrons well-fed with free festive shaped cookies and ginger wine and Santa stopped by the grotto to hand out presents to all the children – even letting them ring his muckle bell. A great time was had by all.”