FESTIVE fever is set to take over a popular Gourock garden centre this weekend.

Santa Claus will be in his Grotto at Cardwell Garden Centre at various times from now until Christmas.

And there will also be carnival rides for youngsters to enjoy during the seasonal celebrations.

For this weekend and next, Santa’s Grotto and carnival at Cardwell will be open from noon to 5pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, the opening times are 10am until 5pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday, November 29 and 30, the grotto and carnival will be open from 1pm-4.30pm.

During December, opening times will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1pm until 4.30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10am until 5pm; Monday, December 18 to Friday, December 23, 1pm to 4.30pm and on Christmas Eve, 10am until 4pm.

There’s no need to pre-book a visit to Santa’s Grotto, as it’s first-come-first-served on the day. Schools, groups and nurseries should contact the garden centre on 01475 521536 to organise their visit.

Cardwell’s retail general manager, Paul Carmichael, said: “It’s a magical time of year for families and it’s wonderful to see the excitement on youngsters’ faces when they visit Santa in his Grotto.”