More and more these days, it feels like everyone thinks it is a mandatory part of summer to go away on holiday, and yes while I am completely guilty of also thinking this, this summer I am trying to appreciate Glasgow and experience what my own city has to offer during the- sometimes- sunny months. So I thought I would share some of the things I am going to or am considering for anyone else looking to appreciate Glasgow more.
Bard in the Botanics
Glasgow’s own Shakespeare in the Park! The Botanic Gardens in the west end are hosting adaptations of multiple Shakespeare plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing beginning this week, and tickets are only £14 on Itison! My sister and I went to see Macbeth here a couple of years ago and Romeo and Juliet this year; it is always a great night! Everyone brings their own picnic blankets or chairs, food and drink and sits in the park watching the production. It’s the perfect location since there are so many good bars and restaurants in the area to go to before and after; this year we went to The Gardener in Ashton Lane for dinner before getting a Loop and Scoop for dessert.
Every summer the Kelvingrove Bandstand host concerts with multiple different artists during August. I went to see KT Tunstall last year and she was amazing- even though it rained I had a fabulous time! The atmosphere was so buzzing, the entire audience was up for a singalong and there were multiple food stalls with different cuisines, so you can get whatever you feel like!
Merchant City Festival
If you are in Glasgow during the start of August then definitely take a wander around Merchant City, even just for a peak at the stalls! The festival takes place between the 2nd and the 12th of August, and there will be market stalls, live music and an all-round great atmosphere!
Itison Drive In Movies
Not exactly in Glasgow but this looks amazing, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan! The movies are going to be played at Glen Coe at the start of August where they were filmed, with a chairlift which can give you views of the surrounding scenery. If only I could drive then I would without a doubt be going – maybe next time…
I think Glasgow is going to be completely buzzing this summer with the European Championships on. I’m considering getting tickets for something (even though I am normally completely disinterested in sports) since, I’m not going to lie, it just sounds like a fun day out. There are tickets for so many different sports so if you haven’t already, I’d definitely say to have a little look and see if anything appeals to you.
I am so happy about this! Victoria Park in Glasgow are hosting ‘Friendsfest’, where you get a tour of all the old sets from the show such as the corridor, Monica’s apartment, Central Perk and Ross’s apartment. It is on from the 6th of July until the 15th and the last time I checked there weren’t a lot of tickets left so if you are interested you will need to be quick (great salesperson!). I have been a huge fan of ‘Friends’ since before I should have been watching it; fair to say I am very excited to be going this weekend!