Stretch your legs, explore and breathe in the fresh air.
After a rather miserable Easter weather-wise, and endless days stuck inside consuming my body weight in chocolate eggs (what else is there to do when it's raining outside?!), today's sunshine brought with it, the perfect opportunity to escape for some fresh air and allow my cabin-fevered one year old, to stretch his legs.
Although we had sunshine, rain clouds loomed making for an unpredictable afternoon, so we headed to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens for the perfect mixture of outdoor open space and indoor relief.
Glasgiw Botanic Gardens and The Kibble Palace
Like most of the beautiful parks in Glasgow, The Botanic Gardens is totally free to enter and there is plenty on offer. Lined with a vast array of trees and plants, the gardens are immediately inviting at any time of the year and although we had brilliant sunshine, even in the darker days of winter or autumn, the park is true a wonder for the senses.
If the weather holds, you can choose to wonder slowly round the park and take in the views on offer however, you can also visit one of the many glasshouses too, should the rain break.
The most popular glasshouse on offer is Kimble's Palace and with its iconic doomed glass roof, large fish pond and tropical plant house you can see why. This was a real hit with my little one who loved exploring the maze-like paths inside the glasshouse and enjoyed seeing the men working on different sections, digging and watering the plants.
There are also other glasshouses on offer such as the rose house, which is really pretty and a must for any budding gardener.
After visiting the indoor areas, we took a walk up to the children's play park, which is really lovely; there's plenty for children of all ages and it even has a section with large musical instruments. Plus, there is also a children's garden whereby older children can volunteer to help care for and tend to the plants. It's a really great idea for giving back to the local community and for getting hands-on with nature.
There is a large arboretum towards the backend of the park, which again, is really interesting and well signposted so you know exactly what trees you're looking at.
After lots of walking, we were beginning to flag and so we visited "The Tea Room" onsite, which was really cosy, child friendly and it served great coffee. The cakes looked lovely too and the food on the main menu was really reasonably priced, as opposed to the coffee hut at the entrance, which charges over £3 for a take away latte!
We spent a good few hours exploring and it really was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon. For a while, you can almost forget you're in the city and relax amongst nature, which burning lots of energy and it's all for free!
For more information about the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, see here.
The Balloon Festival features all sorts of entertainment in the park, during the Family Fun Day: music, dancers, birds of prey to see up close, a fun fair, stalls, classic vehicles and much, much more.