Life in Glasgow

Glasgow is a diverse vibrant city, with something for everybody. This year I have vowed to try out new things to do in Glasgow. I will share some of these with you.

Pottery Painting

The Craft Pottery is a fantastic place to go with friends. It is located on Washington Street, which is about a 15-minute walk from Glasgow Central. They offer classes for adults and children, parties and pottery painting. For the pottery painting they have various pieces of pottery that you can choose from, which include: bowls, mugs, plates and plant pots. They all differ in prices, so you can choose something from £8.00 to £18.00. Once you have chosen your piece of pottery, you can paint it and then leave your finished art work, and they will fire and glaze it for you – and message you when it is ready to be collected. Another great bonus is that you can bring your own alcohol with you, and they provide cups. It has excellent opening hours, with Friday and Saturday being open till 10pm. I really enjoy going here with friends, and find it to be a very relaxed evening.

Brunch Date

I live in the South Side of Glasgow, and love going for brunch at the weekend. Many modern cafes and restaurants have opened up around Strathbungo and Shawlands. Some of my favourite places to go to, include: Cafe Strange Brew, Halloumi South, The Bungo, Potbelly and The Coffee Garden. However, expect to wait at the weekend for a table. The Coffee Garden is located on Pollokshaws Road, and offer a variety of homemade cakes and hot drinks. I enjoy going here with a book to relax, they also have an assortment of plants for sale, and the cafe is dog friendly. I also enjoy meeting friends at The Bungo, which is located on Nithsdale Road. They offer a fantastic lunch menu, and you may like to enjoy one of their cocktails. My top choice for something sweet, are the chocolate and coffee pancakes at Cafe Strange Brew on Pollokshaws Road – you will not be disappointed.

Painting Class

Vine and Canvas is located on Hope Street, just across from Central Station. On the website they have a calendar, displaying the different paintings they will be doing each week. Some of the canvases include giraffes, sailing boats, and Audrey Hepburn. And don’t worry you don’t need to have any art experience. The lady who runs the class is bubbly and extremely helpful, and will talk you through the painting step by step. They also do life drawings on specific nights. The class can take up to three hours and is £28.00, which includes two glasses of wine (or soft drinks if you prefer). You can also bring your own alcohol, which always makes for an enjoyable night out. At the end of the evening you will take home your masterpiece. If your anything like me, you might be carrying your painting to the bar. I would highly recommend booking this art class, as it is a fabulous night with friends, partners or family.

Parks to Explore

The name Glasgow is derived from the Gaelic word ‘Glaschu’ meaning ‘green hallow’ or ‘deer green place’. Glasgow has reflected this meaning with over 90 parks and gardens to explore. I often go to Pollok County Park, as I enjoy walking my dog here. Pollok Country Park has over 146 hectares of woodland and gardens, and 11km of tarmacked woodland paths, gardens and trails. I love exploring the tranquil paths, which often lead to rivers and the occasional highland cow. I appreciate the park differently in each season. From Autumn with the paths covered in golden leaves, to winter with snow making the landscape even more spectacular to the occasional day of sunshine. This is a beautiful park to walk through with your dog, or to go with friends and explore Pollok Country House, and enjoy a coffee at The Edwardian Kitchen.

Each park in Glasgow has something different to offer. My top three parks to visit in Glasgow, are: Pollok Country Park, Kelvingrove Park and Queens Park.