Botanic Gardens promises bigger light show

The illuminated Glasshouse at the Botanics. Picture: Lloyd Smith
The illuminated Glasshouse at the Botanics. Picture: Lloyd Smith
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THOUSANDS of people descended on the Botanic Gardens last year to watch a unique light spectacle they thought they’d never see again.

But today it has emerged the colourful extravaganza is returning, with a brand new show branded “bigger and brighter” than before.

Organisers of the award-winning Botanic Lights, which enjoyed a sell-out run of performances in 2014, are set to take visitors on a whirlwind tour through all four seasons using light, water and fire.

The attraction, which was launched for the first time last year, welcomed more than 23,000 visitors to its performance of A Night in the Garden – a unique display combining light, sound and nature.

But organisers have said this year’s event is set to be unforgettable.

Keen to keep the finer details of the show under wraps, organisers Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Unique Events and Black Light revealed that new technology is to be used to impress visitors.

Grant Anderson, the lighting designer of the spectacle, said: “In Scotland, it’s often said that you can experience four seasons in one day.

“Visitors to Botanic Lights will be able to experience four seasons in just one night. It makes perfect sense to me to combine nature and light with seasonal changes as the three are inextricably linked.”

He added: “Visitors will notice the distinct seasonal changes as they progress through the Botanic Lights journey, and experience the extremities of natural elements such as water, fire and ice.”

Organisers believe the one-off night-time experience will wow both new and returning visitors.

Despite the show’s finer details being kept a secret, it has been suggested some of the new design features include interactive exhibits, generated by the public using app technology, and the use of 3D projection to highlight some of the Botanics’ buildings and plants.

It has also been suspected that the public will witness Laser Lumia effects and be able to use social media to control their environment.

Heather Jackson, director of enterprise at RBGE said: “Botanic Lights was quite literally a leap in the dark for us last year but our visitors came along in their thousands to enjoy the Garden at night.

“We can’t wait to share with our visitors the work that’s going into creating this year’s magical event.”

The event, which is suitable for all age groups, is set to run from October 29-November 22 and tickets are now on sale.