Make the most of summer in the city with these exciting things to do.
July has been pretty damn good- major sporting, cultural and music events taking place, further easing of restrictions and some fun in the sun (or hiding from the heatwave). However, the summery month of August has got plenty in store to keep you entertained. From boozy and brilliant events to brand new openings for you and your mates to explore, August isn’t short of things to do in the city and seems Glasgow is gradually getting back to normality!
1. Enjoy more freedom with further restrictions being lifted
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last month that she hopes to ease restrictions further beyond Level 0 from August 9. Nightclubs are expected to reopen and all physical distancing regulations are expected to be lifted from this date.
Fever’s dazzling array of candlelight concerts are taking Glasgow by storm, and with a huge range of musical styles and incredible venues on offer, there’s something for every music lover. This August, a string quartet will be performing Vivaldi’s well-known Four Seasons at the stunning Òran Mór. Candlelight, music and a beautiful setting- what more could you want? Grab your tickets here.
3. Get on board this steam train for a unique Scottish adventure
For those looking to explore more of the country’s scenery in a unique way that doesn’t find you with your hands behind the wheel, a new steam train tour is departing from Glasgow this August. The tour will see the ‘Clyde Aberdonian’ take travellers from Glasgow to call at Stirling, before picking up the northernly route heading east to Aberdeen. On board this rare steam train adventure, you can sit back and take in some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer in the process.
4. Catch the Havana spiced cream van
This summer, an amazing Havana Club Spiced Cream Van is touring the UK, delighting Brits with delicious spiced rum ice cream, Havana Club merch, cocktails and more! The Havana Club Spiced Cream Van will start it’s epic quest across the UK up in Scotland, where it will be bringing joy and sweet treats to the people of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and will be parked up for you to grab a scoop until August 5.
5. Check out this brand new colourful brunch spot in Finnieston
We love brunch at the best of times but there’s a brand new spot to try in Finnieston and it’s on a mission. Enter a dreamy restaurant bursting with quirk, style and substance, that you can easily lose yourself in for hours as you won’t be short of things to look at. Featuring plush velvet yellow bar stools and chairs, exposed brick walls, neon lights, tropical designs and plenty of wisteria hanging from above, Derby Lane is a “West End Wonderland”. And it’s got an unbelievable brunch and cocktail menu to match.
6. Watch Love Island at home with one of these tropical cocktails
Feeling like more of a homebody right now? The past two months of socialising have taken it out of us – so we’re pretty pleased to hear that Love Island is back on screens, providing us with the perfect distraction. Tune in every night (apart from Saturday) at 9pm on ITV2 if you fancy keeping up with the hype. And whilst you do, why not enjoy a tropical drink influenced by the reality TV programme? From ‘Full Factor 50’ which is a creamy rum-based cocktail to ‘Doing Bits’, a refreshing Midori, cranberry and lime tropical tipple, there’s a drink for every type. Find out which one is a bit of you here.
7. Get bowled over by this new space age-themed rooftop bar and disco bowling alley
One of the latest hotels to open in the city, YOTEL Glasgow, on Argyle Street houses a new disco bowling alley, Vega, as well as a rooftop bar. Named after one of the brightest stars in the universe, the venue boasts views of the city and an interior inspired by Glasgow’s music scene and British pop culture with a ‘space-age’ vibe. Now open, the bowling alley on the top floor of YOTEL is located opposite Glasgow Central station and has four lanes featuring lane projections.
Heading into town with an epic weekender of all things beer – The Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival is coming this summer, celebrating all things craft beer (as you’ve probably guessed by its name). Taking place over two days in August (Friday 20th and Saturday 21st), the boozy festival will pop up at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, where beer lovers will get the chance to enjoy the huge open space, which will be filled with over 30 world-class breweries offering a taste of their fantastic craft beers. Grab your tickets here.
9. Take in wonderful works of art on Glasgow’s mural trail
In Glasgow city centre you can find huge murals adorning some of it’s buildings, some so colourful that they could brighten up anyone’s day come rain or shine. You can explore the murals, which help to support local artists, and learn more about the inspiration behind them on a Street Art Tour led by knowledgeable locals. Or if you fancy going solo, there is a self-guided tour from City Centre Mural Trail, where you can find a downloadable map or listen to a new audio map.
10. Tuck into what may just be the best hangover cure
Serving up a glorious and mouthwatering pizza referred to as The McHangover, Nonna Said’s latest culinary creation combines classic go-to ingredients known to bring you back to life after an alcohol-induced night. Topped with generous servings of pork sausage, bacon, American cheese and complete with a fried egg, if The McHangover can’t lift your spirits this month or whenever, then we’re not sure what can.
11. Have a pooch perfect day out at the Big Dog Walk
Pollok Country Park is set to host Scotland’s first Big Dog Walk event this month. On August 22, you can choose between a 2k, 5k or 10k route but the Big Dog Walk is more than just a stroll in the park – once completed you can enjoy a mini festival in the Event Village where you can get bite to eat, get free canine advice and treat your pup to some goodies to take home.
You’re never short of things to do in Glasgow, but if you’re looking for something a little different this outdoor urban exploration game is the most original way to discover a city. By mixing a fictional storyline with real elements of folklore and local history, this outdoor game will take you on unique and unusual adventures where you’re guaranteed to see Glasgow in a whole new light.