Your Glasgow Guide to Having Good, Cheap Fun This Summer
Sun’s out. Taps aff. Now what? If you are feeling a little strapped for cash this summer, have no fear. We’ve lined up all the best ways to have some fun in the sun for little to no money, to ensure that you can still make it one to remember. All you need is enough money for some sun cream (yes, you can get burnt in Scotland) and we’ll provide the rest.
Borrow a Local Doggy
If you are a doggy person, and most people are after their first encounter with a Cockapoo, then why not try your luck on borrowmydoggy.com? Sitting in the park in the sun is lovely, but having a canine friend to get you out the house can add a whole new dimension to days in the park spending as little money as possible. If there’s one thing a dog can teach you, it’s the joy of splashing about in the Kelvin* for hours. Do that without a dog by your side and you start to get funny looks.
*not all dogs love water so don’t chuck them in without written consent from their owner. Honestly!
Take up Bikram
I know what you’re thinking. A) I don’t find exercising in a hot room for 90 minutes fun, and B) isn’t yoga notoriously pricey? Well, I can’t argue with the first point, but I must admit that I feel significantly better after a Bikram class than before, and who doesn’t want to be feeling fit and healthy for summer? Secondly, there is a way round the price! The West End Bikram Studio offers a scholarship program – volunteer 3 hours helping at the studio and in return you get 2 classes with mat and towel service. Easy peasy.
Take the Mural Trail
We’re sure you’ve spotted some of these murals already, but why not spend a sunny day following the trail and getting to know the works and artists in all their glory? Your insta feed will thank you for it.
Pack a Picnic
On the right day, and with the right midge repellent, Glasgow can offer many delightful spots for a picnic. If you’ve had enough of the biguns like Glasgow Green, Kelvingrove Park and Queen’s Park, why not look somewhere a little off the beaten track? Rottenrow Gardens have been designed to tempt picnic-ers, and what about taking a trip to Tollcross Park to smell the Rose Garden?
Check out the Festivals
Festivals often make a big dent in the bank account, but there are some freebie options to help you get in the summertime mood. Glasgow Mela is back with food, music and fun, and the West End Festival will run until 26th June with a variety of free events, from mindfulness classes to concerts at the Kelvingrove Bandstand. Not to be left out, the Merchant City Festival will kick off late July, and there’s sure to be something to suit all budgets. Now we just need the nice weather!
Peruse the Museums and Galleries
Perfect for a rainy day, Glasgow’s award-winning museums and galleries are just waiting to welcome you to their fascinating collections. There’s Kelvingrove Museum, The Riverside Museum, The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral, just to get started with. Feeling extra adventurous? The ferry service from the Riverside Museum to Govan will restart in just a few weeks, the perfect excuse to visit the Govan Stones – read more about both here.
Join a Meetup Group
Looking for a new hobby but worried that the costs will be prohibitive? Check out the Glasgow meetups page. You can meet all sorts of like-minded people and learn skills without having to shell out lots of money that you don’t have – at least until it’s become a passion! What about walking and hillwalking, or life drawing and sketching?
Get your green fingers out
There are several gardens in Glasgow looking for help to stay beautiful for all the visitors. The Hidden Gardens (are you not just so intrigued already?!) welcome help from skilled gardeners, DIYers and anyone with the people skills to help events run smoothly. Urban Roots operate in the South Side and have lots of events and opportunities to learn, keep up with their website to find out more.