The summer and all its festivities may be coming to a close, but all is not lost! There are still plenty of events to keep you entertained for the remainder of the year, with many taking place in one of the UK’s most popular cities.
Glasgow has become well known for its fantastic year-round calendar of events. It offers something for everyone through an abundance of festivals, theatre, music shows, sports events and family entertainment. Quite literally, there’s something for everyone. Summer may well be concluding, but Glasgow has plenty more to offer for the rest of 2016, so let’s take a look at some of the best events to check out in the coming months.
1. BBC Proms in the Park (September 10th)
This month, Glasgow Green plays host to the famous Proms in the Park Festival; an evening of incredible, open-air musical entertainment. Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra as you take to the banks of the River Clyde for a night of powerful music.
Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of musical talent, but it’s a brilliant evening out for families. Make a picnic, bring some deck chairs and enjoy the special evening ahead.
You can expect to see performances from actor Greg McHugh (Channel 4’s Fresh Meat), Leah MacRae and 2014 Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro and Karen Cargill.
2. Doors Open Days (September 12th – 18th)
Glasgow is renowned for its abundance of modern and historic architecture, some of which is sadly closed to the public. That all changes during this month’s Doors Open Days — a festival that celebrates Glasgow’s unique and brilliant buildings.
Over 100 of the city’s significant buildings will be open for you to have a behind-the-scenes gander. Explore churches, cathedrals, museums, libraries, gardens and so much more. If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the city, taken a look at one of its more striking buildings and thought “I wonder what the inside looks like”, then Open Doors Day is the time to find out.
Not only do you get access to some of Glasgow’s unique and picturesque buildings, but there’s also walks, city tours, special events, exhibitions and a host of children’s activities. And the best part? It’s free!
Whether there are specific buildings you want to check out or you want to make a day trip of it, hiring a minibus is a great way to get around the city with ease and be able to accommodate larger groups.
3. Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run (October 1st & 2nd)
Scotland’s biggest running event will take place in Glasgow on October 2nd, and it promises to be a brilliant day out for everyone involved, allowing you to do your bit for charity while being a part of major athletics event.
Whether you’re opting for the shorter 10K run or taking on the half-marathon, you’ll run along a picturesque route that gives your a great tour of Glasgow, as well as the River Clyde, providing you with an awesome backdrop as you run along its banks.
“Super Saturday” is a big part of the event: a series of fun and inspiring events that give families the opportunity to run together, and giving the kids a chance to take part in such an important event. The toddler dash, family milers and junior heroes are not only great platforms for families and kids to get involved with such a special cause, but it also gives young children a way to get involved with charity.
4. Mackintosh Festival (October)
Upon arriving in Glasgow, one of the first things you’ll notice is the array of brilliant architecture, and how the contrast of old and modern structures are interlaced to give the city an excellent sense of diversity and character.
The Mackintosh Festival, now in its fifth year, is a celebration of one of Scotland’s most renowned and influential creative figures. As an architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is responsible for some of Glasgow’s finest buildings and interiors.
Whether you’re a budding creative or simply love Glasgow and its brilliant history, the Mackintosh Festival is something special. Throughout the month-long programme of events (many of which are free), you’ll be able to enjoy films, talks, tours, exhibitions, masterclasses, family events and music.
5. BBC Good Food Show Scotland (6th November)
The BBC Good Food Show is returning to Glasgow! Prepare yourself for a seasonal celebration of Scotland’s best food and drink, while enjoying some live cooking.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic foodie making an appearance to gain some knowledge and inspiration from celebrity chefs, or just want to sample some of the delights they have on offer, it’s safe to say you’ll be fully satisfied by the end of the day.
As a city, Glasgow has plenty to offer the locals and anyone visiting the area. There’s sights to see, tours to enjoy, events to attend and some of Scotland’s finest bars and restaurants to dine in. The events mentioned above are just a few of what’s to come between now and the end of the year, showing how diverse and continuously active Glasgow is. Whether it’s a charity event, a celebration of art or a tour to explore some of the magnificent attractions, Glasgow has something for everyone.
Have you been to Glasgow? Will you be attending any of these event? Please leave a comment as I would love to read your thoughts.
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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