With two Spring bank holiday weekends in a row, Glasgow will be booming with life and good vibes throughout (and, hopefully, warmer weather). From a music festival to theatre shows and nature walks, weegies can make the most of the days off. So, here’s our list of some amazing things to do during the two weekends for Early May Bank Holiday and King’s Coronation.
1. Go see the world’s longest running play’s 70th anniversary performance
The Mousetrap, the world’s longest running play, is coming to Glasgow to celebrate its 70th anniversary this Bank Holiday. The play will show at the King’s Theatre between May 1 and May 6 as part of its tour of the UK and Ireland. The classic murder mystery thriller from Agatha Christie, who is the world’s best-selling novelist of all time by the way, is expected to run for less than one week, so why not treat yourself for a theatre outing and be taken on a thrilling adventure to find out who’s the murderer.
2. Sail away on this magical floating candlelight concert
Ever been onboard the iconic Glenlee ship resting by the Riverside Museum? While chances are you have, we bet you haven’t seen the Glasgow’s icon lit up in candlelight. Well, the floating venue will be transformed to create a one-of-a-kind candlelit concert, all complete with a string quartet playing some all-time favourite movie scores. You’ll hear diverse tributes, such as Mary Poppins and The Godfather, as well as Interstellar, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, all whilst on the serene banks of the River Clyde. This memorable night on Glasgow’s riverside will take place for one night only on Friday, May 5 – and you can find your tickets on Fever.
3. Dine at Glasgow’s newest and most heart-warming restaurant while simultaneously donating to charity
Visitors can dine with a clean conscience at the newly-opened Beat 6 in Bearsden, where 100% of the profits go to Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. Located at 149 Milngavie Road, the restaurant is owned by Chef Nico Simone who also owns Six By Nico, and invites guests to ‘Dine to Donate‘, offering a tasty combination of unique food and good deeds. Guests can expect a monthly rotating four-course set menu, as well as an immersive dining experience.
4. Attend a techno and disco music festival at Glasgow’s Southside
Melting Pot and Heverlee are bringing back the annual Springtime Weekender festival to Glasgow, where music lovers can dance away to a myriad of music genres during the Springtime bank holiday weekend on May 6 & 7. Disco enthusiasts can expect a splendid line-up of acts such as the iconic Odyssey, Horse Meat Disco and The Melting Pot DJs. Artists from other music genres are Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul James Holden and Shy One with her captivating DJ sets.
5. Discover hidden beaches in and around Glasgow
Well, they’re probably not gonna be too hidden anymore now that we told everyone, but good things are meant to be shared! Also, what if we told you that there is a secret hidden beach within Glasgow itself by the River Kelvin? During the Spring Bank Holiday and King’s Coronation, why not escape the crowds and unwind in one of the quieter beaches by checking out our hidden gem beaches list.
6. Check out the newest steakhouse in town
A brand-new steakhouse, The Merchant Steakhouse, is coming to Glasgow on Friday, April 28, taking over the former Canteen 58 on Ingram Street. Online bookings are already available, so you can be the first in line to try the best of what Scottish meat has to offer. The Merchant Steakhouse is going to be solely dedicated to the best of modern Scottish cuisine, serving top-quality dry-aged Scotch beef, premium wines and signature cocktails. However, guests can still expect some vegetarian dishes as well as seafood.
7. Attend a disco boozy brunch at this rooftop bar
The rooftop venue VEGA is back with their Boozy Disco Brunch, set to rule over Glasgow’s boozy brunch scene this bank holiday. The event runs on the first Saturday of each month, meaning it will take place on May 6 between 12pm – 4pm. During the disco-filled extravaganza, guests be transformed to a groovy disco wonderland, complete with live DJ sets, Whitley Neil gin cocktails, a Build Your Own Bellini station and, of course, plenty of snacks to accompany the main meal. To attend, you can book the tickets on VEGA’s website.
8. Hang out with best-selling Scottish author Sophie Gravia, sip alcohol and swap books at this event
All day house music and disco venue August House is hosting the perfect event for book lovers on April 29, where guests can sip on their favourite cocktails, swap books and listen to Scottish best selling author Sophie Gravia talk about her latest book ‘What Happens in Dubai’. Book enthusiasts are encouraged to bring along four books for swapping, and hopefully leave with some new books in hand while doing good for the environment. Plus, to spice up the bank holiday weekends even more, August House also organises Glitterball Brunches, where disco and house tunes rule then space and cocktails flow freely. If this sounds like a bit of you, book your tickets on the event’s website.