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Botanical Gardens and Christmas lights

(8 Posts)
Baggs Sat 02-Dec-17 15:24:26

This tweet made me wonder about the appropriateness of Christmas lights in botanical gardens. Kew, which was complaining about funding cuts earlier this year, does Christmas lights too. In Kew's case, apparently this only started five years ago.

I suppose the argument in favour will be that it brings more people in who pay entrance fees but I can't say the practice sits comfortably with me.

What do other people think?

Greyduster Sat 02-Dec-17 15:57:51

Like you, Baggs I think it’s “bums on seats thing”. I have looked at their ticketing site and it is mostly sold out already, and at £16 for an adult ticket, £10 for a child, £48 for a family ticket and £7 to park your car, they are set to make a tidy bit. “Needs must when the Devil drives”.

Auntieflo Sat 02-Dec-17 16:09:35

Blimey Greyduster, I would have thought that at those ticket prices, you could have parked for free. But than I am a cheapskate.

Greyduster Sat 02-Dec-17 16:36:04

It those prices look quite reasonable when you look at, say, the Chatsworth Christmas exhibition, though Chatsworth, these days, is a pricy day out at any time of the year, due in no small part to the enormous costs of upkeep of such a place.

Jane10 Sat 02-Dec-17 16:44:25

There's only on street parking at the Botanics in Edinburgh (as illustrated in the OP). No charge after 6pm.
The illuminated garden is absolutely gorgeous and wandering about in it is a lovely change from the commercialised showground that the centre of Edinburgh has become.

Nelliemoser Sat 02-Dec-17 17:04:56

One choir I am in gets paid by by the National Trust to sing carols in Tatton House Knutsford way . We can admire the decor for free. The money the choir get usually goes to our local hospice. Most large NT houses do this and it's very popular.

Greyduster Sat 02-Dec-17 17:10:00

I remember taking GS to a Christmas event at our botanical gardens when he was very young. It was heaving, horribly commercial and none of us enjoyed it. They do have various nice arts events during the year which are worth attending, but thankfully seem to have given up on the Christmas one.

grannyactivist Sat 02-Dec-17 19:04:38

Nellie I used to get into the Tenant's Hall at Tatton Park for free at Christmas when I lived in Manchester- by waiting on tables during the festivities. tchgrin
It was a long draughty walk from the kitchen and the Cheshire set were not always the nicest guests to serve, but some of the older waitresses (70+ I kid you not) used to go behind the curtains with bootlegged drinks and could hardly walk by the end of the evening.