Things to do in Glasgow this weekend if you are not heading to TRNSMT

By Kirsty McKenzie

All across the city, folk are slipping on their wellies and digging out their raincoats for a weekend of music, warm cider and questionable fashion decisions at TRNSMT festival.

But if negotiating portaloos and screaming along to songs you don’t know isn’t your bag - don’t fear! There are plenty of amazing things to do in Glasgow this weekend.

Half your friends might have fled to Glasgow Green but for those left without plans, it’s all to play for - you just need to know where to look.

We’ll admit, the weather is not set to be a scorcher (the less said about those black clouds, the better) and BBQs, blockbusters and paddling pools may have come to an end - but there are still plenty of ways you can squeeze out the most from your weekend.

We’re rounded up all the delights you can enjoy to see out the end of the week on a high:

Ye dancing?

All over the city, it’s festival fever. But you don’t have to get your favourite tee soaked in Strongbow to enjoy music in Glasgow this weekend. Dirty Harry, a Blondie tribute act, are appearing at Hard Rock Cafe tomorrow night in the city centre while further west, the Disco Wonderland touring club night will be buzzing with Abba’s greatest hits at SWG3. Sequins, spandex and stacked platforms optional.

Covid might have cancelled nightclubbing for over a year, but now partying is back on the agenda. Pack your glow sticks, because DJ Rankin, DJ Tammy, Gary McF and DJ Bad Boy are all bringing the energy of a TRNSMT moshpit, minus the cups of mysterious flying liquid, to the Classic Grand. The DJs will be spinning classic rave tunes all night long at I am a raver goes hard, calling it their ‘hardest edition yet’.

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Elsewhere in Glasgow, the Legendary JAZZIE B is set to play at BAaD for a massive end of summer party dubbed ‘lets go back to 80’s’. Count us in.

And last but not least Bongo’s Bingo has returned. Technically this is next week, but you’ll want to mark this one in your diary. Glasgow’s favourite night out is back, with tickets still available for September 15, 16, 17 and more. Mixing bingo with music and mayhem, Bongo's Bingo promises a wild night of rave intervals, awkward dance offs, big money and ridiculous prizes. So get your friends together and get your eyes down for a night of two-fat-ladies, legs eleven and lucky seven.

Cocktail time

Happy hour just got a whole lot happier now the weekend has officially begun.

If you’re in the Merchant City area tomorrow, make a day of it. Browns offer a Sparkling Brunch costing £30 per person available Monday through Saturday until 2pm.

Meanwhile Bar Soba serve up a Boozy Brunch from 12pm-4pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday where you can tuck into their 'Street Food brunch menu’ alongside four cocktails for £27.50 per person. Think crispy Korean popcorn chicken, Singapore noodles, and mouthwatering curries washed down with (almost) free-flowing prosecco.

In the west end, Hug and Pint is giving out three drinks of your choice along with three dishes from their award-winning kitchen for £20 per person.

And if you would rather take charge of the cocktail making yourself, The Root in the city centre offers Daily Potions Cocktail making sessions. They even have a special Children’s Potions & Science Class on Saturday, so kids can join in the fun (minus alcohol, of course!).

The Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow city centre. (Renzo Mazzolini Photographer)

Relax

What’s that? You’d actually like to use your weekend to relax and rewind after a tough week at work? Well, it would be rude not to!

And what better way to indulge in a little bit of ‘you time’ than at one of the city's finest spas?

Whether you want to splash the cash or simply take a dip in a plush pool, Glasgow is overflowing with amazing places for you to de-knot and de-stress.

Found right in the heart of Glasgow, the Blythswood Square Spa is a hidden oasis beneath the hotel with nine treatment rooms, a thermal suite hydrotherapy pool, sauna and crystal steam room. Few places do pampering better than the Blythswood - and it’s a favourite amongst celebrities like Ariana Grande.

To really bask in the A-list treatment make sure you head upstairs to have a cocktail or two at The Saloon upstairs after your treatment. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the spa Monday to Friday, 7am – 10pm and Saturday and Sunday, 7am – 9pm and there are options for spa day guests too.

If stunning scenery and getting close to nature is your preferred vibe, let Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond be your weekend bolthole. Less than an hour from Glasgow, it’s the ultimate staycation experience with 17 treatment rooms, including a couple’s room with a mineral bath, a mud chamber, steam room and relaxation suite.

Glasgow siblings Ann and Pat, whose childhood was captured for eternity by Joan. (Daily Record)

Culture vultures

If you’re still nostalgic for Glasgow of yore, check out Joan Eardley’s exhibition at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery for an incredible look into the past. Her jaw-dropping artwork, which she made from her studio close to Glasgow’s slums in the 1960s, focuses on the life of children from some of the city’s most deprived areas.

Meanwhile Joseph Treen’s exhibition at Maryhill Burgh Halls looks back at Glasgow in the year 1978. With photos taken over a span of 12 months, the collection perfectly encapsulates the hardships, resilience and humour of the people living in our city at the time.

If you're less about art and more about interactive experiences, Curious About Glasgow offers the chance to explore the city with a self-guided, heritage walk meanwhile The Ghost Signs of Glasgow Exhibition, at Rogart Street Campus, unearths the stories behind old signs and shopfronts of the city.

Kids climbing the walls? Get them out of the house and into the Botanic Garden, where Glasgow Science Festival team are on site all weekend with loads of free activities suitable for all ages.

Glasgow's Botanic Gardens is packed with visitors enjoying the sun on a glorious day. (Reach PLC)

Get physical

If you're not hitting your daily step count by trapping across Glasgow Green all weekend, don’t sweat. With most of Glasgow at TRNSMT weighing up which bands to see first, this is the perfect chance to take advantage of the empty gyms or catch one of the city’s hottest classes ahead of the September rush.

Nuffield Health, PureGym and Glasgow Club all have an action-packed timetable of classes across the weekend, while CycleBox in the west end offers a 30 minute spin class followed by a high intensity boxing workout. For early risers, there’s a free 5km timed run held, held every Saturday mornings at Pollok Country Park. Jog on.


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