No #Team14 roundup this week as I have a special Glasgow 2014 roundup for you instead.
With several Festivals and more sport, culture and events than the strongest Commonwealth weightlifter could handle, the next few weeks in Glasgow are set to be very lively. Searching for what's on in all those guides and downloads can be time consuming and overwhelming but fear not, your dedicated Scottish travel and #Team14 blogger (yes, me!) has trawled through them all on your behalf and picked out some daily highlights. If you quickly and simply want to know one great thing to do in Glasgow on any particular day then this is an easy staring point .
I've not included the Games themselves as they are subject to ticket availability but do try to include at least one sport so you can appreciate the full Glasgow 2014 experience and most of all make sure you take time to just walk around and generally soak up the atmosphere during one of the most exciting times in the city.
My other tip is keep an open mind about trying out new things, sometimes you find the best adventures in the most unexpected places!
23rd July - Wee Doors Open Day
Venue - Various Time - 10.00 - 16.00
A chance to pop in and have a look inside 18 of Glasgow's most interesting buildings including Fairfield Shipyard Offices, Garnethill Synagogue, The Merchant's House, Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Glasgow Central Mosque. You can also take a tour of the Necropolis and visit the Glasgow Gurdwara both of which I recently featured on my ten alternative things to do in Glasgow blog.
There are also two excellent sounding talks, a downloadable audio tour and some free transport options including a free vintage bus!
24th July - Roots, Shoots and Fruits
Venue - Glasgow Cathedral Time - 9.30 - 17.30 (also on 23rd)
Seventy flower clubs from around Scotland will create a display in Glasgow Cathedral telling the story of our culture and roots through flower displays.
Forget any ideas you have about boring bouquets, these are proper works of art. I have seen a few photos of the work in progress and the pieces look spectacular.
25th July - Celtic Connections
Venue - Glasgow Green Time - 10.30 - 22.30
A one off special with a day of international artists and of course some homegrown talent.
Celtic Connections is a hugely popular annual event in Glasgow and this is great opportunity to experience some free Celtic music with acts as diverse as Indian drummers and Scottish pipers.
26th July - Commonwealth Flotilla
Venue - Greenock Beacon Arts Centre leave 10.00 Glasgow Riverside Museum arrive 13.00
250 boats will be taking part in the largest flotilla in the history of the Clyde. This is guaranteed to be an amazing spectacle and a real highlight with an array of boats taking part including small ships, clipper boats and leisure yachts.
Whether you choose to wave the flotilla off on it's voyage from Greenock, find a spot along the river to marvel at the historic sight or gather at the Riverside Museum to welcome the arriving boats this is one event you shouldn't miss!
If you are down by the Clyde then why not extend your day with another exciting event taking place called Cargo, Camera...Action. Described as a cinematic takeover with musicians, circus performers, artists and filmmakers putting on 5 performances throughout the day based on the tale of an abandoned Russian cruise liner it sounds very intriguing!
27th July - A Day of Jazz
Venue - Kelvingrove Bandstand Time - 10.30 - 1900
Spend your Sunday chilling out in the Westend to the sound of Jazz with three different performances at the refurbished Kelvingrove bandstand. Storytelling, workshops, music and Bard on Broadway make up some of the free Jazz themed treats of the day.
28th July - Stand-Up at the Bandstand
Venue - Kelvingrove Bandstand Time 20.00 - 22.00
A Glasgow International Comedy Festival special introduced by Fred MacAuley. Three well known comedians, John Moloney, Jo Caulfield and Phil Nicol, will take to the stage to start your week off with some laughs. Another free event and a chance to experience some live comedy talent.
29th July - RSNO Classical Gala
Venue - Glasgow Green Time - 14.00 & 20.00
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will perform 2 free classical concerts at the Living Room in Glasgow Green. At 2pm they will play pieces from well known films including Jurassic Park, Superman and Harry Potter. At 8pm they will hold an evening Proms concert with guest folk singer Rachel Sermanni.
They both sound fantastic and a great opportunity to listen to some world class musicians.
30th July - Breabach
Venue - Kelvingrove Bandstand Time - 21.15 - 22.00
This award winning contemporary Scottish folk band will be putting on a lively free performance at the Kelvingrove bandstand in the Westend. Guaranteed to have you tapping along or possibly jigging around with their mix of modern and traditional folk sounds this is the perfect Scottish night out.
31st July - From Scotland with Love
Venue - Glasgow Green Time - 18.00
If you missed this documentary on TV recently then you really missed something special. It is a documentary using Scottish archive film footage with a soundtrack from King Creosote which I personally found quite emotional. The music is beautiful and moving and works perfectly with the old themed footage.
This free 75 minute film will have a special live music performance of the soundtrack. I will be there with my hankies!
1st August - Building Tour of the Tron Theatre
Venue - Tron Theatre Time - 16.30 (free but booking required)
Take a free tour of this Glasgow building which has been a landmark in the city for nearly five centuries, In that time it has been a place of worship, a place of execution, a meeting hall, a market and a store house, a police station and now a popular theatre. Tickets are limited so please book in advance, there are limited tickets on some other dates, check website for availability.
2nd August - Club Noir Commonwealth Carnival
Venue - 02 Academy Time - 21.00 - 03.00 (Tickets £17.43)
This burlesque and cabaret night is a bit of a Glasgow institution with this event described as 'Fusing Pacific Tiki style, a Notting Hill Carnival vibe, Scottish sexiness, vintage burlesque, 10th Birthday celebrations, exotic dancers, colourful carnival showgirls, African heat and Glasgogow Girls' and with an eclectic music selection there will be plenty you keep you entertained.
Although Club Noir is normally an excuse to get glammed up, there will be a more casual dress code for visitors to the city that have left their ballgowns or corsets at home (although one of Glasgow's vintage shops could rectify that!).
3rd August - Try a Ceilidh St.Roch’s Ceilidh Band
Venue - Glasgow Green Time - 12.30 - 15.30
It's the last day of the Festival and the Commonwealth Games so what better way to end the party than with a ceilidh. This well known ceilidh band will provide instructions and encourage participants of all ages to get their dancing shoes on. If you've never tried Scottish dancing before this is the perfect opportunity to learn some moves and have great fun.
DAILY HIGHLIGHTS BY GENRE
Those are my daily highlights, however there are also some great events that are running throughout the Festival so I have added a mixture of some of the best if you're still looking for ideas.
24th July - 2 August - Random Accomplice
Venue - Arches Theatre Time - 21.00 (tickets £12)
With some great Scottish comedy talent and each performance featuring a unique nightly round up of the Commonwealth Games this sounds like the perfect night out. Personally I was laughing at the clips on the website so that it a good sign for me! If you like a good laugh and some Scottish humour this aptly themed comedy night could be up your street. Tickets are £12 and it takes place at the Arches.
24th July - 3rd August - Hosts and Champions Tour
Venue - Old Fruitmarket Times - 1300 - 14.00
Free guided tours celebrating 80 years of Scotland's achievements in the Commonwealth Games. With unheard stories and incredible facts.
24th - 3rd August - The Pokey Hat
24th - 26th July Venue - Glasgow Green Times - 11.00. 13.30. 15.00
2nd - 3rd August Venue - King St at Osbourne St Times - 13.00 14.30 16.00
Celebrating stories from Glasgow's Eastend, this musical and theatre performance takes place at an ice-cream van and with free cones handed out at every show I have a feeling this could be a popular show! The Pokey Hat is touring various places in Scotland so check their website for dates near you.
13th June - 4th October - Scotland and the Commonwealth
Venue - Mitchell Library Times - Mon - Thur 09.00 - 20.00, Fri - Sat - 09.00 - 17.00
An exhibition looking at early trade, slavery, missionaries, industry and emigration and the links between Scotland and the Commonwealth. It is also an opportunity to visit one of Europe's largest public libraries.
24th July - 1st August - Drop-In Workshops
Venue - TBC Time - 10.00 -13.00
Instead of just watching all the festivities, why not take part? This is your chance to attend a drop in street theatre workshop before being let loose on the streets of Glasgow to entertain the crowds. From a scooter-speeding monkfish to an elegant, stately swan, put your costume on and let your inner performer out! Contact email@example.com (0141 559 4928) for more details.
FESTIVAL CLUB NIGHT
24th July - 2nd August (no club 26/27) - Festival 2014 Club (tickets £10)
Venue - Old Fruitmarket Time - 2100 - 0300
Party under the same roof as Team Scotland at Festival 2014’s official late night venue. Local talent and guest performers from all over the Commonwealth will keep you entertained. Festival 2014 DJs will keep the party going into the ‘wee small hours’. And watch out for Team Scotland and other Commonwealth athletes getting behind the decks in our guest ‘Field of Play’ slot.
24th July - 3rd August - Come & Try Sports
Venue - Glasgow Green Times 11.00 - 19.00
Pop down to Glasgow Green and try out one of the Commonwealth sports for yourself. Suitable for all ages you can pick up tips and perhaps find the perfect sport for you. I Recently had the opportunity to try Lawn Bowls and really enjoyed it so I would recommend giving it a go if you get the chance.
If you're looking for something more energetic try out squash, rugby, gymnastics or volleyball. Whatever your sporting capabilities there will be something for you.
19th July - 3rd August - BBC at the Quay
Venue- BBC Scotland Times - Various
A free pop up festival with live shows, music, comedy and a huge screen to watch Commonwealth Games coverage. There is a bit of everything for all ages and although free, some shows are ticketed with limited availability, for more info check out their website.
24th July- 3rd August - The Tin Forest
Venue - South Rotunda Times 1.00 - 18.00 (performances start every 5 mins) (tickets £5/£3)
This 30 minute tale of a crabbit wee man who dreams of a better world which he decides to build himself takes place in puppet labyrinth and is suitable for 8 years old and upwards. The tour takes you through a weird and wonderful world with eccentric puppet characters.
So there you have it, just a few of the long list of events taking place in Glasgow over the next few weeks. I plan on visiting as much as possible, if you visit anything on my list let me know what your thoughts and if you think I've missed out anything unmissable please let me know.
Whatever you get up to over the next few weeks in Glasgow have a great time and remember to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for all my Commonwealth updates :-)
At the beginning of June I was chosen as one of the official bloggers for the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.