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Electric Gardens … a Botanics light festival

By on December 4, 2014

A spectacular light and sound experience will take place in the Botanic Gardens next year after the West End Festival organisers have been given the go-ahead to stage The Electric Gardens.

The Electric Gardens experience will include a walking tour for adults, children and groups, through the darkened upper Botanic Gardens – all enhanced by dramatic lighting, sound effects and music. The tour will also include a special visit inside the Kibble Palace.

Michael Dale, the West End Festival director, said: “We’re delighted to give this new event the go-ahead. At this quiet time of year, it’s nice to have something to look forward to, and this gives people from across Glasgow the opportunity to plan an evening in the west end, taking in The Electric Gardens as well as taking advantage of the fantastic restaurants and bars in the area.

“While The West End Festival runs in June every year, we are expanding our operations into the winter months and this event is something different, an opportunity to see the iconic and well-loved Botanic Gardens in a different light!”

The Electric Gardens experience will run from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, February 15, from 5.30-8.30pm every day (excluding January 26 or February 2). The tours will start every half hour, taking around 45 minutes, and the natural characteristics of the Botanic Gardens will means the experience is fully accessible to all.

West end businesses are participating in the event by putting on special offers during this period, so groups and families can make the occasion a night out.

Mark Tracey, chairman of the Byres Road Traders Association said: “We warmly welcome initiatives like this from the West End Festival with whom we work in the summer. An event like this reinforces the fantastic offering in the west end, and we hope to see many new faces for The Electric Gardens.”

* Tickets, special offers and enquiries will be available via from today. An early bird offer has launched today until December 31, with child tickets £6, adults £8 and a family ticket for four at £25. From January 1, ticket prices will be £8 for a child, £10 for an adult and £30 for a family ticket. Children under five go free.


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