Easter numbers up at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh despite cold weather

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh saw an increase of 10% in visitors this Easter compared to last year, despite chilly weather.

Young visitor Rosie enjoys the Easter egg trail. Image: RBGE
Young visitor Rosie enjoys the Easter egg trail. Image: RBGE

The garden welcomed 2,893 visitors on Good Friday, 5,015 on Easter Saturday, 3,659 on Easter Sunday and 4,067 on Easter Monday – around 1,500 more than last year.

Part of the success was down to the garden’s ‘Botanics Bonkers Chocolate Easter Trail’ which had nearly 500 children take part on Saturday alone.

Part of the advertising for the Easter egg trail used on social media. Image: RBGE

Director of enterprise Heather Jackson said: "Easter has been good for the Edinburgh garden where we welcomed over 15,000 visitors during the course of the long weekend: an increase of 10% on last year despite the fairly chilly weather.

"The Easter Bunny trail proved to be a fantastic school holiday success, with a total 4,974 children participating since the start of the month and 1,421 last weekend alone. It was a delight to see so much fun being had in a traditional Easter activity.

"Taken in conjunction with the food-related drop-in sessions we hosted with our partners in SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Units) during the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and counting in 2,983 people during their 10-day run, April has provided great opportunities for public engagement." 

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