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 rejuvenated buildings and 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.
2. Witness this compelling candlelight concert dedicated to John William’s iconic film scores
Settle down this March for a captivating John Williams candlelight concert, featuring well-known music from iconic films, performed by a string quartet. This candlelight concert has already won the film-loving hearts of audiences at Manchester Cathedral in 2021 and now it 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 Williams’ most recognisable 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 March 2-13 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, 65 UK premieres and 13 Scottish premieres, encouraging audiences to return to the cinema and the film festival experience. Find out more about this year’s festival here.
4. Be bowled over by this new 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 due to arrive in the city hopefully this month, inside St Enoch Shopping Centre. The bar, which already has branches in Norwich, Cardiff, Liverpool and plenty of other UK cities coming soon, is heading to Scotland and will host 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. There will also be hi tech electric 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.
5. Discover Asia’s favourite fried chicken restaurant Jollibee on Sauchiehall Street
We may already be pretty content with all the Kentucky fried glory that Colonel Sanders has to offer, but Asia’s favourite fried chicken joint – Jollibee – is set to roll into town this March, taking up a vacant plot on Glasgow’s busy Sauchiehall Street. Offering ‘fast food favourites’ with a ‘Filipino flair’, the Philippines-born fast food restaurant serves up quite the array of dishes – not only specialising in hand-breaded fried chicken, but also serving up wraps, rice bowls, beef burgers, hot dog spaghetti, loaded fries and so much more. So get in the queue as we imagine this will be pretty popular and find out why this is Asia’s favourite spot for fried chicken.
6. Support some independent, women-owned businesses
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 27 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.
8. Step into another galaxy at this new, fun-filled carnival coming to Glasgow
Galactic Carnival, an out of this world experience with a new space-themed fairground, is set to launch in Glasgow this March. The space-themed carnival will take place at Silverburn shopping centre, Pollok and will feature the likes of an epic rollercoaster, thrill rides for thrill seekers, a festival wheel with the best view of Glasgow, as well as rides for little ones. The event will offer up to 14 rides for visitors to choose from, all of which are included with a wristband, and will take place during Scotland’s Easter Holiday, running from March 25 to April 18.
9. Visit the newly-refurbished Burrell Collection
After a five-year closure and a major refurbishment, The Burrell Collection in Glasgow will reopen to the public on March 29. The A-listed home of The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park is now a modern, greener museum that will show more of the Collection to visitors and give access to over a third more of the building. The reopening is expected to reveal some impressive changes such as a 35% increase to the museum’s gallery space, allowing important and unique objects from the Collection, which have not been seen for decades, or have never been on permanent display, to go on show.
This mesmerising concert will whisk you away on a journey through Adele’s most popular 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 her powerful ballads wash over you. The combination of the singer-songwriter’s chart-topping tracks, the flickering golden lighting and bewitching architecture is sure to make a lasting impression. Find your tickets here.
11. Transport yourself back to your childhood at this new underground arcade bar
Taking us all on one big nostalgic trip to better days is NQ64 – a unique gaming arcade and bar that’s set to arrive in Glasgow on March 18, taking over the former Distrikt club in Merchant Square. Featuring a whole roster of retro favourites, NQ64 Glasgow will be home to a number of famous games – including Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Tekken and newer classics such as Guitar Hero. If that wasn’t enough, the uber-cool spot will have its very own Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, N64 and an original Playstation. So go on and get your game on this March!
12. Try a carbon-neutral steak at this new restaurant in Glasgow
In an effort to tackle the issue of the food industry being responsible for a third of carbon emissions, Gaucho has announced that it will be opening “Scotland’s most sustainable steak restaurant” this month. The country’s first restaurant of its kind will open on Glasgow’s West Nile Street and will serve exclusively ‘carbon neutral steaks’. The 120-cover venue taking bookings for March 5 onwards will serve Gaucho’s Argentine beef, which is said to be sourced from “cattle which have enjoyed a life roaming in vast pastures at specially selected pampas farms”.