Glasgow Garden Festival

The Glasgow Garden Festival took place between 26th April and 26th September 1988. It was the third of the five National Garden Festivals (they also took place in Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Gateshead and Ebbw Vale). The Glasgow event was the only one to take place in Scotland.

The 120-acre site contained a million trees and flowering shrubs with winding paths for visitors to explore. Concerts, street theatre and exhibitions were also on offer. 

The festival was home to a single roller coaster, the Coca-Cola Roller, a Vekoma Boomerang ride which would eventually be relocated to American Adventure as Missile and later Pleasurewood Hills as Wipeout. Alongside was the Clydesdale Bank Anniversary Tower, a 240-foot observation tower that was relocated to Rhyl at the end of the festival, where it remains (although closed).

Today, the site is home to the Glasgow Science Centre, alongside business and residential developments.

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� Did you know?

Wipeout at Pleasurewood Hills began life as the Glasgow Garden Festival 'Coca-Cola Roller' and it also operated at American Adventure as Missile before making its way to Lowestoft. 

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