Electric Gardens 2

Kibble Palace
Kibble Palace

For the second winter, Glasgow’s West End Festival is putting on its Electric Gardens light show in the Botanics. We headed along on Friday evening and braved the cold to wander around for an hour or so. We enjoyed watching the fire-dancers.

Then it was on past the glass-houses – one of my favourite sights this time and last. They look as if they are on fire.


Then wandering in amongst the spookily lit trees and plants:

Finally, we watched the Kibble Palace change colour several times before heading off for some food and drink to warm us up.

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Electric Gardens is running until 6th December. Follow the link for ticket information.

Electric Gardens

Kibble Palace
Kibble Palace

Take a walk round Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens as you’ve never seen them before. Electric Gardens is the West End Festival’s first winter venture and it’s on till 15th February (follow the link to find out how to get tickets). The walk takes about 45 minutes.

Enter by the gates next to the Kibble Palace (above) then follow the lights round to the hothouses.

Pass eerily lit trees and go through the Rose Garden.

Marvel at the Disco Ball as it changes colour.

Shout into a microphone and see your voice represented – in this picture, it looks to me as if the house behind is screaming. Just round the corner, a spooky row of dresses blows in the breeze.

View the hothouses again from the other side of the gardens.

Before leaving, go inside the Kibble Palace. The statues look quite different, almost scary, with the lights from outside shining through the glass.

When you’ve finished, take a final view from outside the railings then head off for one of Byres Road’s many cafés or restaurants for a warming cup of tea.

I have added this post to Restless Jo’s Monday Walks. It’s a great idea, check it out!

Scottish Snapshots: Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Scottish Snapshots is a series of short posts about places I visited in 2013 but didn’t write about at the time

Wandering round Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens is something of a Boxing Day tradition for us – see also 2011’s entry. You can spend ages without getting wet in the Kibble Palace and the hothouses. The former has great statuary as well as greenery and splashes of colour:

The hothouses are more colourful overall:

We live very near these gardens and I’m able to walk through them most days.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

There’s not much open in Glasgow on Boxing Day, so we spent a happy hour or so wandering through the Kibble Palace and hothouses at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Kibble Palace:





Hothouses, including Orchid House:










We then had a great lunch in Oran Mor, a converted church diagonally opposite the gardens which is now a pub / restaurant / venue. Three huge haddock and chips for the omnivores and a melt-in-your mouth stuffed aubergine for the veggie (me). The entrance looks very festive at the moment: