3 Glasgow Festivals to Get Excited About in 2018

Glasgow Festivals

One of the things that makes Glasgow such a vibrant and exciting city is its range of festivals and cultural events each year. From celebrating all things vintage, to honouring the humble cheese toastie, Glasgow festivals are an eclectic force to be reckoned with – if you can name it, we probably have a weekend dedicated to it!

Dates for this year’s programmes have been announced and, as well as events I’ve previously mentioned here like Merchant City Festival, there are quite a few others that I’ve been scribbling in my diary. In case you’re planning a visit to the city this year, or just fancy a nosey at what’s on, I thought I’d share a few favourites today!

Here are 3 Glasgow festivals to get excited about in 2018…

Glasgow Film Festival (21st February to 4th March): There are SO MANY reasons why this year’s edition of Glasgow Film Festival is set to be awesome. Firstly, they’re kicking things off with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs. There’s also a special screening of Clueless (OMG *I* love Josh!!) at SWG3, a night of Big Lebowski-themed bowling and let’s not forget every horror junkie’s favourite weekender: Frightfest. For even more listings and all tickets head over here!

Southside Fringe (11th to 27th May): To me, the most impressive thing about Southside Fringe is the fact that it is a community organised arts and music event. There are no giant corporations or public bodies running this rodeo, it’s volunteers that genuinely want to raise the profile of a fantastic area and the talent within it – and you gotta admit, that’s pretty amazing! I hear this year’s Fringe is going to be made up of over 200 events in 50 venues, so keep an eye on their website and all will be revealed…

Glasgow Coffee Festival (19th & 20th May): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Glasgow loves coffee! This two-day caffeinated extravaganza is usually a sell-out and is run by the city’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters. Expect the very best of Glasgow’s coffee culture in the form of masterclasses, presentations, competitions, tastings and much more. If speciality coffee is your bag, this one is DEFINITELY for you – but you better be quick to snap up a ticket!

Will you be heading along to any of the Glasgow Festivals this year? Do you love Josh? And if you could put on your own festival, what would the theme be?

3 Glasgow Museums to Visit When the Weather Outside is Frightful

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At this time of year, one of the things most people (myself included!) look forward to most is having a bit of downtime. Whether it’s a few days, a week or even a fortnight to recharge, having  some time off to enjoy ourselves is a very welcome treat!

As much as I love to hibernate (and work my way through as many holiday films as I can), I also try to balance that with getting out and about – though, when the weather is less than inviting, it can be hard to figure out what to do, right?

Glasgow Museums

Recently, I’ve been spending some time at my favourite Glasgow Museums, which make an ideal activity when you don’t want to be outside much. I’d love to share some highlights with you guys today, in case you haven’t been before or fancy re-visiting this season.

Here are 3 Glasgow Museums to visit when the weather outside is frightful…

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove and I go way back – heck, we even used to be neighbours! I’ve featured the museum  here many times before, sometimes due to an awesome exhibition we’ve popped along to and other times the building itself has been a dramatic backdrop to style shoots.

It has a solid place in my heart and I really enjoyed seeing it again this month. Kelvingrove consists of three stunning floors with several galleries and exhibition spaces, each with fascinating collections to take in. From the artifacts of Ancient Egypt, to the immersive Life in the Rainforest object cinema and stories of Scotland old and new, there’s something for everyone to discover.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite in such a historic, vast and varied space, but Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads are a must-see and don’t forget to say hello to Sir Roger before you leave (he’s one of Kelvingrove’s most popular residents…).

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Gallery of Modern Art

Of all the Glasgow Museums, GoMA is the most-visited and easiest to access given its place in the middle of the city centre just a hop, skip and jump from George Square and the Style Mile. This contemporary art gallery showcases the work of artists from around the globe and its exhibitions are refreshed regularly.

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At the moment, you can catch Aaron Angell’s exhibition in Gallery One on the ground floor of GoMA. I loved checking it out last week and taking in the eclectic range of pieces which included inflatables, ceramic sculpture, a giant cabbage (!) and a fully conserved Victorian fern case to name a few.

Every time I visit GoMA, I leave feeling inspired and looking at the world a little differently than when I walked in – whether it’s a quick lunchtime trip or a few hours spent wandering the floors.

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The Riverside Museum

As Scotland’s museum of transport and travel, Riverside certainly has a more consistent theme than some of its counterparts, but you better believe that there is just as much to see!

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The Riverside Museum boasts over 150 separate displays and over 3000 objects, telling the story of how our transport and technology has developed over the years.

Glasgow Museums

One of the most memorable parts of our recent trip to Riverside was taking a stroll down the cobbled streets of  ‘old Glasgow’ and seeing how our city’s iconic Subway system was first created.

The museum also holds regular events and at the moment it’s celebrating comic book culture with movie showings, collectibles and even the 1960s Batmobile!

Glasgow Museums

In Glasgow we are really lucky to have so many free museums and galleries on our doorstep (though donations are gratefully received to help support them). Whether you’ve lived in the city your whole life, or are just visiting during the Christmas break, wandering around these Glasgow Museums is one of my favourite ways to spend a cold, wet day.

Will you be visiting (or re-visiting) any of these museums soon? What are some of your favourite ways to spend time off at this time of year?

Dinner, a Movie and an Avenger: Date Night at Cineworld VIP

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Earlier this year, Gary and I seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and it got us REALLY excited. That soundtrack! Those snappy one-liners! JEFF GOLDBLUM IN BLUE EYELINER! What’s not to love?

We decided to start this week off with a little date night to see the latest instalment from the Marvel universe in style in the Cineworld VIP experience at Glasgow Renfield Street. If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ll probably know by now that Gary and I go to the cinema a lot – at least once a week – and watch everything from the latest Disney releases, to horror films, foreign features and much more.

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For something we’re really looking forward to, or a fun date night, Cineworld VIP is perfect for kicking things up a notch and making it feel like more of an occasion! And does it get more special than a date with an Avenger (or at least, a date while watching an Avenger)?!

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In honour of Thor: Ragnarok‘s neon branding, I decided to wear my brightest tights and a sparkly jumper dress. I like to think of it as something Lisa Turtle might wear on a date at The Max…

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Once we got to the cinema, we picked up our tickets and zipped up to the sixth floor to find the private lounge area and buffet. We had about 45 minutes before heading into the screen, so we had some dinner and a few obligatory goes on the Coca-cola freestyle machine. I swear we’re like a pair of big kids – raspberry peach Sprite Zero, anyone?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my favourite part of the Cineworld VIP experience has to be the comfy surroundings inside the screen itself! The reclining Lazy Boy-style seats and plenty of space means that you can really relax and feel immersed in the film. Sometimes I forgot that there were other people there (sorry, Gary!) and if I could have taken one of those seats home with me, I would have given it my best shot!

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Before the trailers started, we picked up some popcorn and drinks and settled into our seats. If you’re anything like me and manage to finish your snacks before the movie starts, you can pop back out to the stand and replenish your stash – did I mention that unlimited treats are my second favourite part of going VIP? Halfway through the movie we decided to get some nachos – no lines meant we were back in a flash, too.

And the movie itself? Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers but what I CAN say is that it’s one of the best Marvel movies to date! You know this gal is all about Iron Man (and Ant Man, of course!) and, even though there was no Tony Stark appearance this time around, the story, script and striking visuals more than make up for that. Also, Thor gets a haircut! I’m still shook, you guys!

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If you grew up watching movies like Masters of the Universe, then I think Thor: Ragnarok will hit you in all the right nostalgic places. Also, Goldblum rocks blue eyeliner better than I ever could (and I’m totally OK with that!).

The action scenes and swooping shots of Asgard were stunning and this is where seeing it on the big screen really makes a difference!

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We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Cineworld VIP, and there are a ton of films that we want to see this Autumn like Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express and Justice League, so I’m sure we will be back really soon. You can book tickets to see Thor, with his fancy new haircut, AND see what else is showing in VIP here!

Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok yet? And who’s YOUR favourite Avenger?

 

 

 

This post was created in collaboration with Cineworld, though all experiences, thoughts and Tony Stark crushes are my own.