Many happy returns

Many happy returns

The special ‘return ticket’ that allows free entry for a week, is back in operation at the National Botanic Garden for the Easter holidays – and this year it will stay all summer long.

Anyone buying a ticket to the Garden between now (Friday March 22) and the end of September will be allowed back in FREE of charge for seven days after their visit – and as many times as they like!

Head of marketing David Hardy said: “We trialled this last August after getting lots of feedback from visitors about how they weren’t able to see everything they wanted to in one go.

“We do like to tell people ‘You won’t be able to see it all in a day’ but folks from out of the area not familiar with the Garden are often caught out. This is a good way of ensuring that, if they want to come back and see some more, they can – and free of charge.”

But the offer isn’t just open to tourists; the ‘return ticket’ deal is available to everyone: “There’s so much going on here over Easter, the spring and all through the summer, we’re sure local people will want to take advantage of this, too,” he added.

When you add Waun Las National Nature Reserve and the magical wooded valley of Pont Felin Gât to the formal ‘core’ Garden area, you have just under 600 acres. There is also much to see, including the wonderful images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, which are on show in the Gallery and Restaurant, and the fabulous fungi exhibition “From Another Kingdom” in the Great Glasshouse.

This summer also sees a packed programme of family fun activities including outdoor theatre, food and craft events, falconry and meerkats.

So it definitely makes sense to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the Garden and its many facets to the full.

The ‘Return Ticket’ will apply to all full price admission bought between March 20th and September 30th 2013.

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