Canal Days Out to make a splash in Glasgow this September

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Pop-up opera, colourful flotillas, live music and a food-making workshop are some of the activities on offer at a celebration of Glasgow’s canal corridor.

Two fun-filled Saturday events are planned this month as part of Glasgow Canal Days Out.

According to organisers, the Forth & Clyde Canal, in the north of the city, will be ‘packed with activity in a celebration of the unique and iconic waterway and its vibrant surrounding community’.

On Saturday September 18, local venues are throwing open their doors as part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day weekend. 

Highlights include talks and tours at Civic House, a leading example in carbon reduction innovation as Scotland’s first retrofit ‘PassivWareHaus’ and guided cycle rides around the area with Free Wheel North, showcasing the canal as a hub for active travel throughout the city. 

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, the event on Saturday September 25 will feature a vibrant canal flotilla of narrowboats adorned with creative sculptures. 

Produced by Carnival Arts, visitors will be able to enjoy a wonderful floating display as it travels down the Forth and Clyde Canal, accompanied by live musicians and performers. 

The flotilla of boats from the Narrowboaters Glasgow community will make their way in procession along the canal from Firhill to Applecross Basin, passing the newly opened Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. 

Anna Young, project manager for Glasgow Canal Co-op, said: “We are thrilled to welcome visitors to our September events with this fun-filled programme celebrating all that is great about the area’s heritage and unique environment. 

Glasgow Canal Days Out are set to make a splash later this month as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 celebrations. Photo: Martin Shields

“Whilst the events this year will be smaller in scale compared to our previous canal festivals, we aim to bring celebration to the banks of the canal again this year with a wide programme of live music, artistic performances, workshops and sporting activities.

“Thanks to funding from the Years of Coasts and Waters 20/21, Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sustrans amongst others, we’re excited to work with Carnival Arts to bring something really special to the waterway so put the date in your diary and join us for this wonderful events in the heart of Glasgow.”

‘We are thrilled to welcome visitors to our September events with this fun-filled programme celebrating all that is great about the area’s heritage and unique environment’

Anna Young

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said “Events play an important role in our communities and EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Canal Days Out through the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Canal Days Out will give locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy an engaging programme of activities and live performances against the backdrop of the Forth & Clyde Canal.”

Glasgow Canal Days Out will take place on Saturday September 18 and Saturday September 25. 

Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities will be pre-bookable. 


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