We might still be in hibernation somewhat due to the cold weather but there are plenty of activities and events to get involved in this March, which will be worth creeping out of our little cocoon for. From visiting newly-opened restaurants to unique experiences like candlelight concerts and trying your hand at a new skill such as axe-throwing, the fun never stops with these things to do in Glasgow this March.
1. Tuck into a delicious stack of pancakes from these Glasgow cafés and restaurants
Pancake Day might be a little later this year but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of tasty pancakes in Glasgow for you to get stuck into. Have a flippin’ good on March 1 by enjoying a stack or two of pancakes from some of these Glasgow cafés and restaurants serving everything from American-style to fluffy soufflé pancakes. Get yourself to these delicious spots in Glasgow for a good dose of pancake perfection.
Settle down this March for a captivating Oscar-winning scores candlelight concert, featuring well-known music from this year’s Oscar-winning films, performed by a string quartet. This candlelight concert is coming to enchant Scotland in a matter of weeks, with the venue revealed as the Trades Hall of Glasgow. Illuminated by the glow of countless candles, a talented string quartet will perform the winning films’ most captivating pieces – and tickets are available now.
3. Watch the latest releases from some of the best filmmakers at Glasgow Film Festival
Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is back this year and is set to run from February 28 – March 12 at Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) on Rose Street and Cineworld Renfrew Street, as well as at partner cinemas across the UK and online. The 18th edition of the annual celebration of film is set to host ten world premieres, four European premieres, 70 UK premieres and 6 Scottish premieres, 7 World premieres and 16 European premieres, encouraging audiences to return to the cinema and the film festival experience. Find out the full programme for this year’s festival on the event’s website.
4. Be bowled over by this bar with axe throwing, crazy golf and more
Glasgow is set to welcome a new bar with axe throwing, shuffleboard, crazy golf and even more fun activities to enjoy. Boom: Battle Bar is located inside St Enoch Shopping Centre, and hosts a number of gaming experiences such as crazier golf, which includes what it says is the country’s longest indoor crazy golf course at over 100ft. Guests can also try out the hi tech AR darts, funky beer pong, 22ft shuffleboards, American pool, skee ball, boules, curling, axe throwing, pool, and table tennis, plus other activities such as Boom Ball and Marble Tarble.
A brand new Italian spot owned by the people behind The Loveable Rogue, Oi Mamma, opened its doors in Bearsden on February 10. The new spot features a modern design infused with friendly Italian hospitality while honouring the strong, extroverted, and passionate nature of the native temperament. Mixing classic Italian recipes with modern Mediterranean flavours, the menu will take centre stage at Oi Mamma and offer excitable, filling and authentic food. Guests can expect dishes such as Sourdough flatbread, Whole Lemon Sole on the bone served with Brown Butter, Amalfi lemon and Tagliolini with Pecorino Basil, or Creamy Burrata.
We should definitely be doing more of this if we can, but March 8 marks International Women’s Day so why not show some love and solidarity by purchasing items from businesses run by women? To name a few businesses run by women from Glasgow and the surrounding area that you can support, there’s Emily Brooks Art, Curate Glasgow, Eusebi’s Deli and Blooms, to name a few. Discover some independent, women-led businesses in Glasgow here.
Of all the events on this list, this is the one you really don’t want to forget for heaven’s sake! Put March 19 in your diary. It’s your chance to treat your dear Mum or mother figure to something special – you can’t go wrong with an afternoon tea, so why not book one this March to say thank you? For a unique afternoon tea experience, you can hop on board a retro Routemaster bus and sip on tea, coffee, prosecco and gin cocktails, whilst zipping past the sights of Glasgow and enjoying petit fours and sandwiches. Book your afternoon tea experience here.
August House is an all-day venue that has opened its doors in December 2022 and is located on Mitchell Street. Offering house music, all-day dining and carefully crafted cocktails, the spot is a stand-out amongst Glasgow’s newly-opened bars and restaurants. For someone who loves deep house, a decent concoction and delicious food, August House hit the spot transforming us to warmer places. What is more, the spot is decked in disco balls, has DJs on every night and offers an effortless contemporary décor along with friendly staff.
An opulent Scottish castle is reviving the jazz age and transforming its ballroom into an exclusive evening inspired by Gatsby’s extravagant gatherings. The stunning Crossbasket Castle in East Kilbride will host the decadent Great Gatsby Ball on March 4, featuring a three-course dinner, plenty of dancing and entertainment from the 20-piece Cosmopolitan Big Band. Guests will be greeted with a sparkling drinks reception and canapes, followed by a three-course dinner. After the meal, party-goers will have the chance to get on their feet and dance the night away to the live jazz band.
This mesmerising concert will whisk you away on a journey through ABBA’s most iconic songs. All you need to do is take a seat among the stunning surrounds of the Òran Mór on March 29 and let the sound of the familiar anthems cheer you up. The combination of the popular Swedish band’s songs, the flickering golden lighting and bewitching architecture is sure to make a lasting impression. Find your tickets here.
11. Attend a Mamma Mia-themed boozy brunch at this rooftop bar
Rooftop bar VEGA is introducing The Brunch Project: a series of monthly themed brunches, and this one is solely dedicated to the iconic Mamma Mia. The boozy brunch will be welcoming Mamma Mia and bellini fans on Saturday, March 18 from 12pm: it’s also the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Taking place the third Saturday of each month, The Brunch Project will see VEGA celebrate super fun themes, sure to become a new staple for Glasgow’s city-centre brunch scene. Expect build your own bellini stations, a plenty of prosecco, brunch food, a live DJ and a martini printing machine for a wholesome day out.
Women of the World Scotland Festival (WOW) is set to start off 2023 with a fundraising event at Glasgow’s Òran Mór on March 5. WOW is the world’s biggest festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people. Production Company, Raw Material, known for their award-winning theatre productions, are bringing Women of the World Scotland Festival to a number of Scottish locations in 2023 in partnership with The WOW Foundation. The fundraiser will be kicking the festival off with a bang just in time for International Women’s Day, as the rest of the festival is taking place in October.