Join in and celebrate with Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Come and join canal side community groups and Scottish Canals as we celebrate the opening of the Claypits Glasgow!

Saturday 31st July 2021, 10am-2pm
Free entry

Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, outdoor activities both on and off the water, with fun for everyone. Try your hand at paddle boarding or pond dipping, biking and boating, or just enjoy the live music and spectacular views!

Can you help us?

We will have two information stalls as part of the Claypits Official Opening. We want to speak with everyone who visits, and will be inviting people to join us and get involved. If you have any time to spare between 10am and 2pm and want to help us out on the day, then please email us at claypitslnr@gmail.com to find out more. Even if it is just a short time on the stalls, it all helps!

Everyone on the Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR Management Group is a volunteer and, like you, we just love the Claypits! So come along on Saturday 31st July, bring your family and friends and come say hello to us.

August events

A massive thank you to everyone who has joined us over the last few months on our Litter Picks, Birdwatching walks and Zoom meetings. We are only just getting started, there is a lot of work to be done but with your help we can care for the site into the future.

Litter Pick, Sunday 22nd August, 11am, Ellesmere Street entrance
Birdwatch Walk, Saturday 28th August, 10am, Applecross Basin

Register here for one or both events.

Out and About Meeting is on Tuesday 31st August 7pm, via Zoom
Register here with Eventbrite.
Come along and let us know what you think and hear what is planned for the coming weeks and months and how you can get involved.

Photography Competition

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding we will have a Claypits Youth Artists group providing arts workshops and activities to young people over the coming months. Please email claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

To celebrate the opening of the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, the Claypits Youth Artists group is holding a photo contest open to all ages.

Head out into the Claypits and let your imagination come to life – be creative, be thoughtful, be silly – we want to see the space from your perspective!

Prizes will be given for:
Most Scenic Photo
Funniest Photo
Selfie Excellence

Photos must be taken from July 30th – August 1st 2021 in the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. To enter, send your photo along with your name, age, phone number and email to claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com by midnight on August 1st.

Winners will be notified and announced on August 7th.

About Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve is an urban oasis, just a mile from Glasgow city centre. An inner-city parkland, the Claypits is a 6.7 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl.

Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.

The Claypits are now open providing access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge which connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.

Glasgow Allotment Forum: Online Meeting

The Glasgow Allotment Forum is holding an online meeting tonight, Tuesday 27 October 2020, to discuss allotment access and green growing space in the city.

The Action for New Allotments meeting will be held at 7.30pm and speakers include the Green Party Councillor for Hillhead, Martha Wardrop, and Glasgow City Council Landscape Design and Development Manager, Rachel Smith.

Increased demand

The event has been put on in response to a shortage of growing plots in Glasgow and the large increase in demand as a result of the pandemic. 

At the moment there are 32 allotment sites across Glasgow including one at Hamiltonhill.

People will have the opportunity to hear about and discuss:

Open to all

The event is open to the public, particularly to people who don’t have an allotment and those who would benefit from a new allotment site closer to home.

For more information about the event and agenda visit: https://glasgowallotments.org/2020/10/01/action-for-allotments-meeting-tue-27-october-at-1930/

To register for the meeting and put forward any questions for discussion email GAFForum@gmail.com

Image credit: Hamiltonhill Allotments

Sculpture Club at Home

Glasgow Canal Co-op members Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Queen’s Cross Housing Association have teamed up to launch an exciting new programme – Sculpture Club at Home.

People are invited to join in with the free family-friendly creative workshops at home, which give children and grown-ups the chance to spend time together, try new things, get creative, and stay connected. 

Materials and worksheets are delivered to folk locally through Queens Cross Housing Association and anyone is welcome to join in at home too.

Led by experienced professional artists from Glasgow Sculpture Studios, each session is always unique and a great introduction to new ways of thinking and making.

New activities weekly

To kick-start the programme, people are being invited to create their own mail art postcard:

The Sculpture Studios will collect all the postcards and display them in the windows of Windsor Community Hall so that people can all see each other’s work even though they can’t see one another right now. 

Every Tuesday, a new activity will be posted at : www.glasgowsculpturestudios.org/sculpture-club-at-home

Share what you make

Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Queen’s Cross Housing Association would love to see what you make. 

You can share your artwork on the Sculpture Club Facebook Page, using the hashtag #sculptureclubathome, or by emailing kirsty@glasgowsculpturestudios.org.

Support others

Sculpture Club is, and will always be, free but they ask if you can to consider supporting and making a donation to some of these organisations who fight for racial justice and support some of the most vulnerable people and families in our local community:

New night market for North Glasgow

A local night market is set to light up north Glasgow this January when it lands on Friday, 31 January.

Hosted by Carnival Arts Yard, the event will kick off at 6pm, giving people the chance to spend the evening exploring a local flea market and enjoying food, drinks and live music.

Local community

Driven by the talent found within the Glasgow canal community, local businesses, artists and makers will be selling artisan goods including arts, crafts, clothing and soaps. 

People looking to sell some second-hand gems will also be part of the market and bartering and swapping will be encouraged, while MASA will serve up some tasty Mexican-inspired street food.

Find us

Hosted in a warehouse accessed via a secret entrance on 1 Borron Street, visitors will be guided to the boutique market on arrival.

The market is located close to Glasgow canal, the balcony to the city, located 15 minutes from Cowcaddens Subway Station.

For more information visit the Carnival Arts Yard Facebook page.

10 things to do around Glasgow’s canal in 2020

Glasgow’s canal is a bustling and vibrant urban hub of activity and an emerging destination in the north of the city.

The dawn of 2020 marks the start of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and north Glasgow’s stretch of waterway has plenty to celebrate, with leading cultural organisations, cutting-edge sports activities, Scotland’s first urban nature reserve and a festival, all calling the canal home.

Here’s 10 things you can do along it this year:

1. Get on the water

With wakeboarding, kayaking and a whole host of watersports available along Glasgow’s canal, there is no excuse not to get in amongst it.

Port Dundas is home to Pinkston Watersports Centre – Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course, which offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding. Glasgow Wake Park also opens back up in March, where you can learn to wakeboard via a special cable system. ‘Water’ you waiting for – come along and carve up the canal this year! 

2. Visit a market

A new local night market is set to light up north Glasgow this January when it launches on Friday, 31 January. Hosted by Carnival Arts Yard, the debut event will kick off at 6pm, giving people the chance to spend the evening exploring a local flea market and enjoying food, drinks and live music.

Driven by the talent found within the Glasgow canal community, local businesses, artists and makers will be selling artisan goods including arts, crafts, clothing and soaps. 

3. Take in Scotland’s first urban nature reserve

Hamiltonhill Claypits, Scotland’s first urban nature reserve, is due to reopen in spring 2020. Explore the wildlife and plant life hidden in the 25-acre plot on the banks of the canal.

Substantial improvement works by Scottish Canals, including the introduction of new paths, will make it easy for anyone to access the local reserve – look out for those spectacular views across the city from Hamiltonhill.

4. Learn to skate

Get yourself down to The Loading Bay – Glasgow’s first indoor skate park and try your hand at skateboarding, BMXing and more. The stylish, state of the art action sports hub covers an impressive 30,000 square feet and is one of the largest and most advanced skateparks in the country. Skate the street plaza, bowl or modular area, check out the ‘super trampoline’ or drop in to the cafe – it’s a must-visit in 2020.

5. Come along to Glasgow Canal Festival

On Saturday, 25 July 2020, the banks of Glasgow’s canal will be bursting with activity in a celebration of the unique and iconic waterway and its vibrant surrounding community for Glasgow Canal Festival 2020.

Alongside live music, artistic performances and workshops, sporting activities and chances to explore and celebrate the area’s heritage and unique environment,  the 2020 festival will feature a captivating Canal Carnival Flotilla as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

6. Check out a world class theatre show

The National Theatre of Scotland’s headquarters Rockvilla is located on the banks of Glasgow canal. Named Rockvilla in recognition of the industrial and social heritage of the area, the building is an engine room for Scottish Theatre.

It is a place of imagination, learning and play where you can catch world-class theatre productions and take part in invigorating conversations. In June, Rockvilla will host an international conversation around the health and wellbeing of LGBTI+ people in Scotland,  The Coming Back Out Conversation.

7. Try some sculpture

Glasgow Sculpture Studios run two public sculpture programmes a year, in the spring and autumn, for anyone looking to give sculpture a go.

Glasgow Sculpture Studio
GSS Engagement Programme “Pulpworks” by Pester & Rossi

Whether you’re returning to sculpture or trying it for the first time, you can get involved. From metalwork to mould-making, the programmes aim to introduce you to new ways of thinking, making, and doing, while creating space for you to bring your own thoughts, ideas, and interests to each session. They also run a free sculpture club for kids and families – check their Facebook page for details.

8. Attend a workshop

Every month, the spaces of Civic House are filled with workshops led by people working across art, design and sustainability that you can join in with. Test new ideas, learn through making and share skills and knowledge in this stimulating environment.

Spend the day developing a new skill, exploring a practice or learning about new topics and subjects. Then from 7pm, share a meal with everyone who’s taken part in the workshops, served by the Civic House Kitchen team.

9. Grab a bite

There’s some great wee spots along the canal to grab a bite. For something special at lunchtime, why not try Civic House Kitchen – a public canteen for Speirs Locks located on Civic Street. The vegan cafe is open over lunchtimes, and occasional weekend evenings, serving a single dish cooked on the day available for just £5.

Elsewhere, Ocho Cafe is situated on the banks of the impressive Speirs Wharf, in a corner of the original 1851 heritage building. Escape into the lovely surroundings and enjoy some brunch, lunch or cocktails or get on board one of their popular gin and whisky tasting canal boat trips later in the year on the quaint Navvie’s Barge.

Blue boat on Glasgow Canal

10. Get out and about

The canal is the perfect place for a walk, run or cycle. We are the gateway to an exciting network of cycle paths and routes within Glasgow and that stretch all the way to Loch Lomond. Whether you’re looking for a green way to get to work, or to enjoy some time stretching your legs along the water’s edge – you can do it via Glasgow’s canal.

Glasgow Canal Festival set to make a splash in 2020

Glasgow Canal Festival is set to make a splash next year, having been named as part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

Glasgow’s Canal, in the north of the city, will be bursting with activity in a celebration of the unique and iconic waterway and its vibrant surrounding community, for the fourth annual festival on Saturday, 25 July 2020.

Flotilla

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, the 2020 festival will feature a captivating Canal Float.

Produced by Carnival Arts, visitors will be able to enjoy a wonderful floating display as it travels down the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow – with more details on the spectacle to be announced next year.

Hosted by Glasgow Canal Co-op, Glasgow Canal Festival is nestled on the balcony to the city between Speirs Wharf and Firhill Basin, just ten minutes from the city centre.

Something special

Sally Hobson, Festival Director for the Glasgow Canal Festival, said: “The banks of Glasgow’s stretch of canal will come to life once again this summer with a programme of live music, artistic performances and workshops, sporting activities and chances to explore and celebrate the area’s heritage and unique environment.

“Thanks to funding from the Years of Coasts and Waters, 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 next year for this wonderful event in the heart of Glasgow.”

Promoting Scotland

The festival is one of several events and initiatives to share in £770,000 of Scottish Government funding as part of a year-long programme of activities which will shine a spotlight on the vital coasts and waters of Scotland’s landscape.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “We have an exciting year ahead celebrating Scotland’s wonderfully diverse coasts, canals, rivers and lochs.

“Scotland’s Themed Years have been running since 2009 and we know they are a proven mechanism for us all to work together to create opportunities to diversify our tourism offer whilst promoting Scotland as a great place to visit for people from around the world.

“Whether it’s a canal boat holiday, a week sailing round the Western Isles, an afternoon kayaking or walking by our rivers, lochs or on the beaches, I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Scotland’s beautiful coasts and waters.”

Dive in

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said: “We are inviting the world to dive into the amazing experiences our coasts and waters provide. Scotland’s enviable reputation for unspoiled beaches, vibrant natural and cultural heritage and thrill-seeking adventure activities will be celebrated through a packed year-long programme of events and activities”

Glasgow Canal Festival will take place on Saturday, 25 July. Keep up to date via the Glasgow Canal Festival website.

The Nature Library 15 – 30 October

Connecting people to land, sky and sea.

As human beings we often see ourselves as separate from the natural world. But, just like the tides and the hills, we are part of nature and there has never been a more important time to reconnect. These books are here to help you do just that. Whether by painting dazzling landscapes, introducing us to flourishing flora and intelligent fauna, or exploring the challenges they each face we begin to see — really see — the wonders of our planet one word at a time, sparking curiosity and a new appreciation for nature at a time when it needs our attention the most.

The Nature Library will be on display in the ground floor Project Space between 15th-30th October, Tuesday-Fridays 12:00-16:00.

There will be occasional readings and events taking place – stay up to date on Instagram to find out more.

WERX @ Civic House 5 October

SARRA WILD X JAY JAY REVLON B2B

This night is open to folx from all backgrounds, experiences, sexualities, and identities and celebrates and prioritises the QTIPOC community. There will be limited tickets available in advance with the remainder on the door.

Vogue Scotland is a community and platform for the underground House Ball scene in Scotland, a culture borne out of a need for a safe space for Black and Latinx LGBTQ people in Harlem, New York, predating the 1950s.

If you have any questions or want to get involved with any training or meet-ups please reach out on our facebook page @ Vogue Scotland.

Tix :£5 or PWYC on the door please email, no one turned away for lack of funds.

9:30PM-LATE

Creative Mornings is now at TWB

Every Friday of the month TWB hosts Creative Mornings Glasgow, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community.
To find out more about the upcoming events and themes go to creativemornings.com/cities/gla

Glasgow Canal Festival Video 2019

A cracking video from this year’s brilliant Glasgow Canal Festival!  There were watersports, heritage, arts and culture, stalls, music and entertainment to be enjoyed.  And the sun was shining – it was a great celebration of Glasgow’s Canal!