Summer at Kelvingrove

Summer at Kelvingrove!

Kelvingrove Park is, quite simply, Glasgow’s best green space. Sure, we’re biased, what with it being on our doorstep and all. But we also truly believe that if you ask any long-term city-dweller, they’ll cite it as the best park Glasgow has to offer. Not only because of it’s leafy boulevards and the amazing views you can take in from its highest point; it also comes up trumps because of its varied summer program. 

The park isn’t just a few trees and enough grass for a kickabout. You’ll find folk getting fit at bootcamp and yoga classes, kids and semi-pros alike practicing their boarding or blading skills at the skatepark, little ones playing in Kelvingrove’s variety of recreation spaces and, to top it off, all and sundry trying their hand at free lawn bowls. Of course, the park’s namesake (or was it the other way around? We can never remember!), the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, sits in its own peaceful corner, ready to open its doors to curious minds and young explorers of the past. With so much going on, it can be tricky to narrow it down to exactly what you’d like to get involved with. Keep scanning to see our handy, Summer 2018: Guide to Kelvingrove Park. 

Summer at Kelvingrove Kelvingrove Hotel Glasgow

Summer at Kelvingrove Kelvingrove Hotel Glasgow

For the Little Ones

The cheapest and easiest way for little ones to expend some energy is with a run around the park itself. Set them free to explore trees, flowers and recreation areas – complete with a huge array of child-friendly swings, slides and other bouncy contraptions! The alternative though, is to head to one of the Museum’s many (and we mean many!) days for children throughout the summer. There’s everything from the Instant Art workshop, to making your own Brilliant Buzzing Bee or settling in to hear a good yarn during the Storytelling slots. All events are free, but tickets may be required. 

For Older Minds

Just because you’re a little more advanced in years doesn’t mean your desire to learn has waned any! The Art Gallery and Museum have a range of free events, talks and exhibitions for the would-be art and history buffs amongst us, as well as events which appeal to a wider audience. Try safe sun-gazing at the Solar Observing evening or learn the fascinating story of how Scotland became so darned good at pistol making at the “Extrodinar Good!” Early Scottish Pistols event. 

Summer Nights at the Kelvingrove Bandstand

No must-see list for this area of the city would be complete without mentioning the Summer Nights concert series. This year sees The Pretenders, Fleet Foxes, Imelda May, Bryan Ferry and Van Morrison take to the stage to wow the crowds at this picture-perfect venue, serenading fans as the sun sets on Glasgow. Pick your favourite and get your tickets booked – everyone should experience a Summer Nights show at least once. Not to be missed. 

So, there’s plenty to be getting on with, eh? Remember that our place – the Kelvingrove Hotel – is less than two minutes’ walk from all the action. Check out our regular blog for discounts and book direct online to redeem voucher codes.