Friday, April 10, 2015

The Den and The Glen (Storybook Glen), Maryculter, Aberdeen, Scotland

Back when we were dating, I visited Hubby (then-boyfriend) at Aberdeen and he told me that he was bringing me to Storybook Glen. I thought 'How strange that he wants to bring his adult-girlfriend to a kiddies place" but he proved me wrong once I stepped foot in that place.

Storybook Glen is a world of make-believe and fun for children and adults of all ages. It is set amidst 28 acres of scenic beauty of Royal Deeside and in there, you will find your favorite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. It certainly was charming, and I got to relive my childhood as I went around identifying the characters and singing along to nursery rhymes. Plus it's a wonderful place to enjoy some sunshine on a beautiful summers day.

Fast forward 6 years and when we were holidaying in Aberdeen with the kids, we instantly thought of bringing them to Storybook Glen for a fun day out. And as expected, they loved it. When we first visited in 2013, they were doing some renovations / extension, and when we went back in 2014, they have opened up an extra indoor bit with a play den and cafe. They also renamed the place as The Den and The Glen.

With Thomas

Hairy Coo.. why are you so adorable? ;)

I have an obsession with them :P

The adults have as much fun as the kids here :D

Some of the nursery rhyme characters you may find here include Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-Peep, Hickory Dickory Dock, I'm a Little Teapot and Hey Diddle Diddle. There are also many fairytale characters such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Snow White and Goldilocks and the 3 bears, as well as cartoon characters such as Barney, Postman Pat, Noddy and Thomas the Tank Engine. In the past we had to guess each of the characters (they're not labelled) but nowadays they give you a map with the names of all the characters.

With their grandparents and Humpty Dumpty

Our kids love this slide the most... it's a fast and bumpy slide down :)

One of my personal favorites at The Glen is Old Macdonald's Farm... "driving" the tractor (with number plate EIEIO) and also taking photographs of (and with) the Highland Cow. They have some other live animals here such as chickens and pigs. There are also lots of open spaces for your kids to run around as well as chutes, climbing frames, slides, swings and roundabouts to play on. You can bring your own picnics or when it gets too hot, cool down with an ice cream. :)

For those who paid to go into The Glen, you will get to enter The Den for free. They have climbing frames, Astro slides, and giant ball canyon.

Tip: Bring plenty of water and a sun hat if it's a warm day. And even if it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, bring a light jacket as it can get pretty windy (and cold) at times.

Opening times: 9.30am to 5.30pm daily.

Admission rates:
The Den: Adult: FREE; Under 1's: FREE; 1-3 years: £3.95; 4+ years: £4.95
The Glen: Adult: £2.95; Under 1's: FREE; 1-3 years: £3.95; 4+ years: £4.95
Family Annual Pass £65 (unlimited entry to Glen only)

Location: The Den & The Glen (formerly Storybook Glen), Maryculter, Aberdeen, AB12 5FT, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 732941


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  1. Happy happy day was had by all, [ thanks for the memory]

  2. this is a terrific place for families ... but even without kids, i'd love to visit too! :)

  3. What a lovely place! We have a garden like this in the Hunter Valley and you're right, it's not just for kids. I loved it just as much as the kids around us :D

  4. wow! i haven't seen a real hairy cow before!

  5. Beautiful place!
    The photos are nicely taken. Look so colorful.


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