With everything from live music, theatre and dance, along with films and a carnival parade Glasgow comes alive during the West End Festival. In what started off as a single street party, the event has gone on to become Scotland’s equivalent to Notting Hill and Mardi Gras. Live music has featured Glasgow’s critically acclaimed Belle and Sebastian live in the Botanical Gardens. Romeo and Juliette has been performed in the university grounds by the Globe Theatre company from London. In 2010 a special Highland Games was held as part of the festival. Many of the festivities are held at outdoor venues or as part of wider street parties.
Glasgow airport is only 8 miles from the city centre. While you can also drive, getting around the city is easy without a car. Glasgow Central Station will take you into the main part of the city, but other stops will help you get around elsewhere. The price of what’s on will vary, with many outdoor parties at the festival being free. Outdoor shows will welcome all ages, with the festival very much a family affair. If you are looking to run your own event, it will cost between £65 and £95, but contact the festival directors for details.
The festival is a combination of events and celebrations, review the listings when available or base your experience around the dates you are visiting. Ticketed events may need purchasing in advance, especially if they are likely to sell out. Many outdoor parties are free, meaning you can still enjoy the West End Festival on a budget. 2016 had 400 events spread over 80 venues, so check local listings for more details as well as just those on the website. If you are looking for a full carnival atmosphere, then don’t miss carnival parade and street party on the opening Sunday.
If you are planning to visit the Glasgow West End Festival, choose from a selection of houses and flats, Bed & Breakfasts and other private rentals in the city centre. If you are staying on the outer regions of the city, it is easy to get around Glasgow via public transport. Check our accommodation in Glasgow.
Take a bus tour of the city, where you will see the sights and the gothic architecture. Continue the art theme at the Gallery of Modern Art to the Peoples Palace and various other museums. Scotland’s biggest football teams, Celtic and Rangers, play their home games in Glasgow.
For more details about events, ticket information, searching for events at the West End Festival by date, category or venue, participating in the event, fundraising and more then visit the West End Festival website.
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