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Electric Gardens will be back to light up the Botanics

By on September 28, 2015
Electric Gardens - Glasgow Botanic Gardens - 22 January 2015

West End Festival organisers have announced this winter’s light and sound experience in the Botanic Gardens – The Electric Gardens II: Lux Botanicum, which will run from Friday, November 13 until Sunday, December 6.

Following last winter’s successful event, this experience will encourage adults, children and groups to walk through the darkened upper Botanic Gardens with dramatic lighting, sound effects and music. The Kibble Palace will again be open throughout the event.

Michael Dale, West End Festival director said: “We’re very excited to launch our second winter event, The Electric Gardens II, Lux Botanicum.

For this event, we’ve chosen to concentrate on the natural features of the Botanic Gardens, in particular the rarer trees, the animals that live in the park and a series of specially created masks that have been hidden away for visitors to discover.

“We received positive and constructive feedback after last winter’s event, which gave us new ideas and has helped us to improve the experience for our second event.

“We’ll have food and hot drinks available to buy every night, and we’ve also created an exciting new ‘fire theatre’ which will be performed on stage every night. To celebrate the launch, we’re even giving a whopping discount for the first two weeks!” 

The event will run 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday to Sunday with entry slots every 15 minutes. In order to help people plan their visits,  there will be fixed performance times for the fire theatre at 6.15pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm and 8.15pm each day.

The broad paths of the Botanic Gardens means the experience is accessible to all. But as this is an outdoor event and the darker nights, together with the nature of the event and natural landscape, mean families and individuals should wear suitable clothing/footwear.

 

Festival organisers want to encourage all local businesses to participate and follow Oran Mor’s example with the restaurant offering 10% off meals during The Electric Gardens to visitors holding tickets for that day.  The festival will promote any similar offers via its social media channels and email list.

Liz Scobie, the festival’s chairman, added: “We welcomed around 18,000 people at the inaugural Electric Gardens and we’re every bit as confident for a successful event this winter.”

* An early bird offer of 25% off is available until midnight October 9 and for tickets on the opening weekend there is also a discount. There are also cheaper tickets midweek. Tickets are priced at: Child (5 to 14) £4-5.25 (early)/£5-7 (full), adults £6 – 9 (early)/ £8-12 (full) and a family ticket (for four) £18.75-27 (early)/ £25-36.  Children under five go free but registration still required.  see www.westendfestival.co.ukElectric Gardens - Glasgow Botanic Gardens - 22 January 2015

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