COP26 at Glasgow Canal

Carnival Arts Yard

Shine a Light – Halloween Zombie Walk and Lantern Procession
Sunday 31 October
4pm – 6pm

To shine a light on the climate crisis on the eve of COP26, join Carnival Arts Yard at 4pm on the Forth & Clyde Canal by the Garscube Link bridge to prepare and enjoy live music, dance, installations and workshops. At 4.30pm the Zombie Walk and Lantern Procession will depart heading through Applecross Basin towards Rockvilla (National Theatre of Scotland).

Bring yourself, torches and lanterns, your best costumes and ideas, and we’ll celebrate the classic Scottish tradition of Halloween in style as the whole world watches Glasgow.

Highlights include dance routines choreographed by Manuela Benini and Indepen-dance. Soundtrack provided by Brass, Aye?


For more details see – Carnival Arts Yard

Civic House

Day of Action After Party
Saturday 6th November

Free before 8pm, £5 entry after
Snacks and hot drinks served from 6pm

Join the Gathering at Civic House post the Day of Action marches across the city. Hot pies and snacks by Chef Madame Soleil, Music with Healthy and Friends. All welcome.

Delivered in partnership with the Land Workers Alliance and the
Democratise to Decarbonise Campaign.

National Theatre of Scotland

Wednesday 10 November 2021

DEAR PLANET is a day of online activity where the National Theatre of Scotland will be handing over their channels to artivists and changemakers. On Wednesday 10 November they will share a programme of ecologically urgent video content on our social media platforms and website.

If you have short video content that explores climate issues and would like your work to be viewed as part of this COP26 takeover, please submit a preview version and information to the team at the National Theatre of Scotland via the link below.
Submissions can be made from 08 to 22 October. Submit here.
Video content offered needs to be rights free and full permissions in place for broadcasting for free on the National Theatre of Scotland YouTube channel/Facebook for one day on 10 November.
Content can be in any artistic genre and language and needs to be maximum 15 minutes in length.
For all successful submissions we will be asking for work to be provided either with burnt in captions, an SRT file and or a full transcript.
The content will be viewed by a selection team at National Theatre of Scotland. Individuals/organisations will be notified by 28 October whether they have been successful. For further information or any questions please email

Opening November 2021

Everyone has a carbon footprint so what does yours look like?
Millipede will be a playful, interactive digital art installation disguised as an online shoe shop. Digital art exhibits, relating to shoes and feet, will be displayed for visitors to discover as part of a specially created website. 
The artworks will be created through film, photography, sculpture, spoken word, poetry and song, reflecting personal responses to climate change and the participants’ carbon footprints. Millipede’s exhibits will encourage visitors to reflect on their own carbon footprints and those of others around the world using creative storytelling to inspire and engage.

Millipede is a whimsical celebration of the earth, revealed through a virtual display of shoes and footprints, based on the principle that the answer to climate change is not found in one large leap but the culmination of millions of tiny steps forward.

The project will bring together leading Scottish and Indian artists, and scientists from Edinburgh Science and Science Gallery Bengaluru, working with participants of all ages from community groups based in both countries, to create a digital shoe shop that reflects different responses, perspectives, and lived experiences of climate change.

100 shoes for the digital shoe shop will be created by approximately 50 schools and community groups across India and Scotland. National Theatre of Scotland will be engaging with Scottish groups including Viewpark Gardens Trust, Homestart, Bangladesh Association Glasgow and St Teresa’s Primary School, Glasgow and ThinkArts will collaborate with a number of community groups working with children and young people across Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Created by National Theatre of Scotland in collaboration with Kolkata based children’s arts engagement organisation ThinkArts, working with award-winning Scottish theatre makers Shona Reppe and Andy Manley, Millipede will form part of the British Council’s cultural programme.

For more details see – National Theatre of Scotland

Canal Days Out – Saturday 25th September – EVENTS PROGRAMME

Saturday 25th September – 11am – 3.30pm

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, this fun-filled event will focus around an impressive flotilla of boats adorned with large-scale carnivalesque artworks as they travel along the Forth and Clyde Canal in north Glasgow between Firhill and Applecross Basins. The flotilla will set off from Firhill Basin at 2pm accompanied by live music and celebration.

Throughout the day enjoy artistic performances, walking tours, guided decorative bike rides, cultural food workshops and our community market.

We have added clear ‘PRE-BOOK HERE” beside all of the activities that require advanced booking. The programme of events on offer will include:

– Our Carnival Flotilla – created by Carnival Arts – Come and see our narrowboats adorned with large scale artistic sculptures moving down the waterways! Watch the artists create the beautiful flotilla and then be there as it departs Firhill Basin at 2pm. 

Circus Performers and Workshops – Watch our unicycling performer and roaming mermaid / selkie performers as they juggle and hula hoop around the canalside! Don’t miss our pop-up duo circus show featuring juggling and hula hoop performances with a ‘come and try’ circus workshop for visitors. The Circus Show will take place at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm whilst the Circus Workshops will take place at 11.45, 12.45, 1.45 and 2.45pm. Shows and workshops will be located at Hamiltonhill Claypits Nature Reserve (No need to pre-book, just turn up and join in). Unicyclist and costumed performers will be around all day between Firhill Basin and Applecross Basin.

– Live music with our brass band and steel drummers!

– Leisurely Led Cycle Ride with Sustrans departing at 11.30am. PRE-BOOK HERE Visit the SUSTRANS stall and fine out more about getting walking and cycling.

– Cycle Rides with Free Wheel North at 11am, 1pm and 2pm (45 mins). PRE-BOOK HERE.

Decorative Cycling Workshops with Carnival Arts. Bring your bike along and have it decorated with our artists!

-A Guided walking tour of the new Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve 1pm- 3pm. Meet the Management Committee who look after the site. PRE-BOOK HERE.

Family Outdoor Learning Workshops with Joni and Leigh from Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland. 30 min drop-in sessions at 11am, 11.40am, 12.20pm, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm next to Applecross Basin. Workshop sessions will explore themes of sustainability, biodiversity and wildlife. Participants will have the chance to make botanical prints or wildlife creatures using clay and other natural resources, and bird feeder pizzas on wooden discs to help us look after wildlife in Autumn/Winter.

Middle Eastern flatbread making workshops with Gathering Ground at 11.30am and 2pm – Limited spaces

Outdoor Community Market at Rockvilla Car Park. Come along and build a birdbox with Boomerang Woodworking , take part in craft activities and learn about amphibians and reptiles with Froglife or meet the Canal Youth Forum. You can also visit the Claypits Stall to hear more about the fantastic nature reserve and take part in interactive demonstrations with Open Water Rescue! If you are a local organisation or group that are interested in hosting a stall please contact Anna at

Glasgow Wake Park’s Backyard Bonanza at 75 North Canal Bank Street. Glasgow Wake Park are hosting a competition for all levels and spectators are welcome. Watch wakeboarders at all levels doing surface tricks to big air flips. Free for spectators. A sandwich and cake stall will also be available. This event is on from 9am-5pm.

Come along for a great day out by the canal and explore the fun activities this area has to offer. Have a look at our event site map:

We will be monitoring government guidelines around COVID in the lead up to the event. On the day we will have extra staffing in place to manage social distancing and hand sanitisation stations dotted around the canal space.


A selection of food and drinks will be available at the event (located at Applecross Basin and Firhill Basin) including Mangiamo artisan pizzas, WJ Ices ice cream and Riley’s coffee truck.


If you are planning to visit our event, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. Level access and exits to the canal can be found in the following locations:

Cowcaddens subway station is also a 5 minute walk away, south of Speirs Wharf.


Please note that photography and filming will be taking place throughout the event site between 11am – 3.30pm on Saturday 25th September.

Canal Days Out – Saturday 18th September – EVENTS PROGRAMME

Canal Days Out kicks off this Saturday 18th September for the first of two consecutive weekend events celebrating all that is great about Glasgow Canal. To help plan your day we have pulled together this handy list of event times and important information. We hope you have a great day and join us again next week for our must-see narrowboat flotilla!

Saturday 18th September 11am-3.30pm


Guided Cycle Rides led by Free Wheel North at 11am, 12noon and 1pm (45 mins) – PRE-BOOK HERE

Leisurely Led Cycle Ride with Sustrans departing at 2pm – PRE-BOOK HERE

Civic Street Bike for Good Cycle Hub Launch Day – 1-5pm, Civic House
Events include confidence building led rides by the canal, try out e-cargo bikes and find out how you can loan one, learn in a group cycling lesson for beginners and those returning to cycling, get your bike fixed by Dr Bike and find out about services for commuters. There will also be free street food, face painting, and henna. Please note some elements of the launch event are bookable activities and part of the Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival which means spaces are only available for women and nonbinary people. For more details and to book a space please see – Bike for Good


Pop-up opera performances by Scottish Opera at Edington Street – PRE-BOOK HERE
11am – A Little Bit of Bubble McBea – a magical, musical story for children aged 3 to 7 years.
1pm and 3pm – A Little Bit of the Pirates of Penzance – a mini 30 minute opera, perfect for audiences of all ages.

Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.

Arts Yard Open Day – 11am – 3.30pm – No need to pre-book, just drop-in
124 Craighall Road

The Carnival Arts Yard is an arts and event space and studio facility, home to a thriving grassroots cultural organisation and talented artists and makers from around the world. Pop-in and see what goes on behind the scenes as preparations get underway for the narrowboat flotilla on 25th September.


‘Come and Try’ Kayaking (12noon – 1.30pm) and ‘Come and Try’ Stand Up Paddleboarding (1.30pm – 3.00pm)
FREE taster sessions at Pinkston WatersportsNo need to pre-book, just drop-in

25 minute taster sessions for ages 7+ No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day. Buoyancy aids will be supplied. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, shoes that cover your toes and stay on your feet (no Crocs or flip flops), a towel and spare clothes. Wetsuits not provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.

Skateboarding lessons at The Loading Bay Skatepark at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm (60 mins) – Fully Booked


Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve and the newly opened Garscube Link are great places to explore the area at your leisure. The Claypits Viewpoint provides stunning views across the city and there are plenty of paths and trails to follow across the 6.7 hectare site. Don’t forget to have a try on the new big slide at Garscube Link – this area is also perfect for a picnic.


We ask our visitors to please follow Covid-19 government guidelines by making use of our hand sanitising facilities situated throughout the event site and wearing a face covering when indoors. Please maintain social distancing when standing in busier areas. Thank you for your co-operation in making this a safe event for all to enjoy.

Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities are pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions.

To pre-book tickets and keep up to date with the full Canal Days Out programme see:


If you are planning to visit one of our Canal Days Out events, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. Level access and exits to the canal can be found in the following locations:

Cowcaddens subway station is also a 5 minute walk away


Please note that there will be no food/drink stands available on Saturday 18th September so we recommend bringing a picnic with you. You can also help by reducing waste and leaving no trace by taking litter home with you to recycle.
Ocho Cafe is located at Speirs Wharf and there are a number of local food places nearby on Garscube Road and Maryhill Road.

#ClimateFringeWeek #YCW2021 #GDODF2021 #CanalDaysOut

Canal Days Out join Climate Fringe Week

Glasgow Canal Days Out are joining Climate Fringe Week by hosting events that encourage us all to consider our role in tackling the climate crisis. Planned events include exploring nature, learning how to protect our green spaces and reducing carbon emissions by considering more active travel options such as walking and cycling.

Climate Fringe Week will be a celebration of action on climate change throughout local communities and organisations across Scotland from 18th – 26th September, taking place in-person and online. These events will highlight what people all over the country are doing to take action to tackle the climate crisis and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved, too, ahead of COP26.

Canal Days Out are two consecutive Saturday events on 18th and 25th September packed with activity in a celebration of The Forth & Clyde Canal in the north of the city and its vibrant surrounding community. The full events programme for both days is now available here. Highlights include a narrowboat flotilla on Saturday 25th September departing at 2pm from Firhill Basin in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2021 and a wide range of taster sessions and workshops for all ages.


As part of Climate Fringe Week, Canal Days Out will include walking tours around the newly re-opened Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. This inner-city parkland, 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. 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.


On Saturday 18th September, a number of free cycle rides will be led by Glasgow Canal Co-op members, Free Wheel North. Spaces on cycle rides are available to book here.

Each 45 min led ride will take participants down through the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve and alongside the Forth & Clyde Canal. Cyclists will see the extent of the impressive regeneration works which are taking place around the canal and how they improve active travel links around the city. The canal side offers a fantastic route for walking and cycling with wildlife, heritage and plenty of green spaces. Rides depart from Applecross Basin and are aimed at adults and children aged 10 years and over. Bikes can be arranged if participants do not have one of their own.

These led bike rides are part of the Glasgow Canal Co-op’s Getting North Glasgow Active project and are funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, which is Paths for All’s programme to increase active and sustainable travel throughout Scotland. The programme is grant-funded by Transport Scotland. Paths for All’s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all. The rides are also supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund which distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.

Additional led cycle rides are also planned by Canal Days Out event funder and supporter, Sustrans. More details of these rides are to be announced soon. Sustrans will also have an information stand at the canal on Saturday 25th September.


More cycling fun is planned for Saturday 18th September outside Civic House on Civic Street as they celebrate the launch day of their new Bike for Good Cycle Hub. Events include confidence building led rides by the canal, the chance to try out e-cargo bikes, and the opportunity to learn in a group cycling lesson for beginners and those returning to cycling. Dr Bike will also be doing bike repairs and information will be available on services for commuters. There will also be free street food, face painting, and henna. Please note some elements of the launch event are bookable activities and part of the Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival which means spaces are only available for women and nonbinary people. For more details and to book a space please see- Bike for Good

Civic House is Scotland’s first retrofit #PassivWareHaus, creating a case study to demonstrate the potential for post-industrial spaces to be energy positive and beautiful public spaces. Tours of the building as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival on Saturday 18th September are now fully booked but places are still available for their online talk on Thursday 16th September at 6pm. Tickets are available to book here.

Glasgow Canal Days Out will take place on Saturday 18th September and Saturday 25th September. Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities will be pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

If you are planning to visit one of our Canal Days Out events, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. You can also help by reducing waste and leaving no trace by taking litter home with you to recycle.

To book tickets and keep up to date with the Canal Days Out programme see:

#ClimateFringeWeek #YCW2021 #GDODF2021 #CanalDaysOut

Canal Days Out are set to make a splash in Glasgow

Pictured Skateboarder Fraser McIlroy from Bishopbriggs with cyclist Omar Murray from Woodside meeting a mythical bird from Carnival Arts. Photograph by Martin Shields

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.

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. Two consecutive Saturday events on 18th and 25th September will bring a whole host of events to the canal side for visitors to enjoy including tours, talks, pop-up opera performances, cultural food-making and creative workshops, community market stalls, and live music from steel drummers and brass bands.

On Saturday 18th September, 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. With support from Sustrans, the events aim to promote the role walking and cycling play in reducing carbon emissions. Scottish Opera will also host a series of pop-up opera performances throughout the day from the Edington Street site and The Arts Yard will be running creative carnival mask-making workshops.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, the event on Saturday 25th September 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, comprising 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. Additional fun-filled events on the day include Lebanese cultural food-making workshops, a community market at Rockvilla and a tented family play area.

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

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. 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.”

In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

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 18th September and Saturday 25th September. Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities will be pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

To book tickets and keep up to date with the Canal Days Out programme see:

Photo Credit: Martin Shields

Take the North: A BMX Event at Glasgow Canal

A brand new BMX street contest series starting in August 2021, on a purpose-built course under a huge tent at Live At No.40, Glasgow!

A multi-day BMX event, Take The North will run from the 5th – 7th of August and will include free BMX lessons, the chance to ride the event course, and a BMX contest on the final day with a £3000 prize purse.

August 5th : Free BMX Lessons

A unique chance to enjoy free BMX lessons with coaches from The Loading Bay Skatepark, on the competition course for Take The North.

As part of “Take The North”, we are offering a limited number of free BMX lessons. Simply select a timeslot which suits you and show up at least 10 mins early to your slot.

Lessons will be suitable for beginner and more advanced riders, with everyone getting the opportunity to hone their skills and come away with something new.

Under 16s must have a parent or guardian present. Under 16s must also wear a helmet. All participants will have to sign a waiver form before participating.

August 6th : Ride The Course

Get the chance to ride the course the day before the main event.
About this event
This is the only period during which the general public will be able to ride the Take The North course. Sign up early to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces available!

Under 16s must wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Less experienced riders are recommended to join the “Free Lessons” sessions on Thursday instead. All riders will be asked to complete a waiver form.

August 7th : The Main Event

Over 15 invitation-only BMX street riders from the UK and beyond will go head-to-head on a purpose-built, 280 square metre course designed by Vision Ramps, in an incredible venue by the Forth & Clyde canal in Glasgow. £3000 in prize money is up for grabs.

The Venue “Live At No.40” is situated on Edington Street and will have space for over 200 spectators to enjoy the finals under the canopy. Scotland hasn’t seen a BMX event of this size for a few years due to the pandemic and we are stoked to be able to deliver one in such an exciting space. Live at No.40 will be serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and a limited number of alcoholic drinks.

The final course design will be launched next week, and we will be posting regular updates on our Instagram page as other details are finalised: @takethenorth_

This event is being delivered in partnership with Glasgow Life and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to celebrate the #PowerOfTheBike.

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 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 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 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.

Funding Update

Funding with upcoming deadlines – July/August/September

Year of Stories 2022 Open Events Fund

This fund has been designed to support new, creative event proposals and programming that will provide high profile content created especially in response to the 2022 Themed Year opportunity. Successful proposals must provide strong engagement opportunities that create key moments across the year capable of driving high levels of media coverage, audience awareness and attendance. Proposals must clearly articulate responsible tourism and sustainable development principles, including how the event will manage economic, social, and environmental impacts and maximise positive outcomes.

Grants of between £15,000 – £60,000
Deadline: Thursday 12 August 2021
Events must take place in Scotland in 2022, be public facing and attractive to visitors and locals alike.

Community Event and Activity Support Fund – Climate Fringe COP26

Applications are encouraged from grassroots and community groups in Scotland who wish to create an event/activity for Climate Fringe Week 18-26 September. The aim of this small fund is to get more people involved, across wider audiences and to channel the energies and desire for people to connect with the international Climate Talks into local awareness and action. The fund encourages events and engagement in diverse communities (socio-economically, ethnically and geographically).

The deadline is Friday 30 July 2021 at 17:00

Bank of Scotland Foundation – Reach

The Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion and will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change. For disadvantage, examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues. For social exclusion, examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.

Upcoming rounds are: Opening at 12 noon on 26 July 2021 and closing at 12 noon on 29 July 2021 (for decisions mid-September 2021) Opening at 12 noon on 20 September 2021 and closing at 12 noon on 24 Sep 2021 (for decision end of November 2021)

Next deadlines: 29th July 2021 and 24th September 2021

The Awesome Foundation – Glasgow

The Glasgow Chapter of the Awesome Foundation gives small, no-strings-attached mini-grants to cool projects that will make the world, and Glasgow, more Awesome.

-The project must be based locally (Glasgow – with a G postcode).
-You need to have a budget – prove you have a plan for how additional funds will be raised.
-It has to benefit the local community.
-Most of all, it has to be Awesome

Next deadline : Friday 30th July 2021. Apply at any time. Funds are awarded every two months.

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example, enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before. It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance. From Summer 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. This could be in helping organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

How to apply: Organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round – this can be done at the link below when the funding round opens. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early (Registrations open at 10am). Registration for the Autumn 2021 funding round opens on Monday 26th July at 10am. 

Foundation Scotland – Volant Charitable Trust Open Grants

The Volant Trust’s aim is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. It supports Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. Projects must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.

The Trustees meet bi-annually in April and October to make decisions. There is a two-stage application process. The first step is to complete the online enquiry form on the funder website to send an outline of your project. If invited, you will be sent a full application to complete.

To receive a decision by April 2022 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 1st July and 31st October 2021.

Next deadline: 31st Oct 2021

Funds with ongoing open grants programmes – apply any time

Culture and Business Fund – Arts and Business Scotland

The Culture & Business Fund Scotland enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects to life.

The CBFS is primarily perceived as a means of additional support that enable culture organisations to extend engagement activities to benefit the public and address business needs. It can also provide vital funding to support behind the scenes development work to adapt for new ways of working, support and future delivery.

If you are an arts or heritage organisation seeking or securing business support to enhance digital expertise, undertake website development, appoint development staff or enable other work to develop wider connections to reach potential audiences for now and the future, we’d like to hear from you to see if we can help.

We’d also like to hear from you if you are a business that would like to know how the CBFS can help you to support cultural activities that can contribute to creating healthy and inspiring working environments that empower your people to innovate, contribute to your local community, or provide access to potential new market opportunities to unlock your commercial potential.

Young Start Fund – National Lottery Community Fund

Young Start are offering funding from £10,000 to £100,000 to help children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential

They will fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes:

– children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
– children and young people have better connections with the wider community
– children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business.

They also believe that the following three approaches are vital in making sure that funding makes the biggest difference possible. They want to fund work that is:

– people-led – meaningfully involving the young people you’re working with in the development, design and delivery of your activity
– strengths-based – making the most of, and building on, the skills and experiences of young people and assets within communities
– connected – having a good understanding of what others are doing locally, developing good working relationships and complementing and adding value to other relevant activity in your area.

The National Lottery Community Fund – National Lottery Awards for All

Awards For All supports projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. Priorities are: bringing communities together, improving places that matter to communities, and enabling people to fulfil their potential. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. It will take up to 12 weeks to get a decision. Grants available from £300 – £10,000.

The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues. They favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation. They consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. The focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

In addition, areas of special interest are: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change; Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

Deadline: Ongoing. You can apply at any time and can normally expect to receive a decision within 3-4 months, although they recommend allowing six months for a decision.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence. The Foundation is only able to support UK registered charities and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) working within the UK. There are no deadlines. The Trustees make decisions all year round on grant applications. Regular Grants (those under £100,000) are considered in order of receipt to be fair to all. They also have eight meetings per year to review Major Grant applications.

Merchants House of Glasgow

The fund supports a wide range of projects being undertaken by charities within and around Glasgow. Available only to registered charities.
Applications can be submitted at any time. The grants committee meets in February, April, August and November.

Western Recreation Trust

The Trust awards grants to organisations based in the West of Scotland working to improve recreational facilities for young people, older people and those who are unemployed. Grants are awarded towards the cost of equipment. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. To make an enquiry about an application please contact:

Hugh Fraser Foundation

Makes donations to registered charities working in many different sectors including education and arts organisations. The Trustees meet normally in March, June, September and December. The cut- off-date for applications is normally a month before the meeting date. To make an enquiry about an application please contact:

If you have a specific enquiry relating to funding for your organisation or project please contact Fiona Greer (Funding and Communications Officer) by email-

Launch of ‘Play Port’ sees Port Dundas become thrilling playground of activity

Play Port – an exciting new collaboration between three of Glasgow’s leading urban sports attractions – has launched today, Thursday 24 June.

The partnership between Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Wake Park and The Loading Bay Skatepark in Port Dundas lets people sign up for a host of activity packages through one easy-to-book central system.

The three alternative sport venues are all located around the top of the Forth and Clyde Canal and have transformed the area into an exciting playground of thrilling activity and a must-visit adventure spot over the last few years.

With packages including a combination of skateboarding, canoeing, scooting, white water tubing, BMX, bushcraft and wakeboarding, everyone from beginners to adrenaline lovers will be able to easily experience the great outdoors in the heart of Glasgow.

With Play Port sessions available to book now for July 2021 onwards, the team behind Play Port hope to attract members from the local community, school groups, corporate teams and stag and hen parties, as well as anyone looking for a day out or a birthday party with a difference. Play Port gift cards will also be available.

Director of The Loading Bay skatepark John Bailey said: “We’re so proud to have launched Play Port – a partnership between three incredible sporting venues jam-packed with adventurous experiences. This new collaborative brand allows people to try the different activities we have to offer through one easy to book system.

“The sporting facilities around Port Dundas are unique and the area is fast becoming a hub for adventure. After many months of uncertainty and closures due to Covid-19, each of our venues are excited to be looking towards the summer and welcoming familiar and new faces to have fun in a no pressure environment. Our teams are incredibly welcoming and can’t wait to see more people experience an urban adventure by Glasgow’s canal thanks to the launch of Play Port.”

The three forward-thinking organisations behind Play Port were awarded grant funding from the city’s tourism industry network – Experience Glasgow and their collaboration fund last year to create a unified adventure and alternative sports brand alongside creating a must-visit destination for the city.

Craig Martin, chair of Experience Glasgow explains: “Play Port is splashing into the city this summer creating something truly unique for Glaswegians to enjoy.

“By investing in fun, local experiences like Play Port, Experience Glasgow is proud to support the recovery of the city and enhance our visitor economy. The vision by The Glasgow Canal Co-op has been nothing short of inspiring and there’s nowhere else quite like Play Port for an afternoon of adventure. So support local this summer and make sure you give them a visit, you won’t regret it.”

Regular Pinkston Watersports visitor Sam, 16, said: “I’m super excited for this! It opens up a whole new adventure experience right on your doorstep!”

As members of Glasgow Canal Co-op, the three cutting-edge organisations already work closely together in this part of the city, which has undergone significant regeneration and a renaissance in recent years, to ensure their fantastic sport facilities are accessible to the local community.

Visit to find out more and book your experience.

Hamiltonhill Claypits seek new Digital Youth Artist in Residence

The Digital Youth Artist in Residence (DYAIR) project, hosted by the Hamilton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, aims to broaden our engagement with youth and digital audiences. This project is supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, which also enabled us to purchase digital equipment to engage community members – tablets, cameras and webcams. This equipment will form an essential part of involving our community in creative activities around wildlife watching, recording and learning, amongst other activities.

Submissions are open to artists with demonstrable digital skills, between the ages of 18 to 26 who either live in Glasgow or have a strong relationship with the city. Experience undertaking artistic projects with a community focus is also desirable.
As DYAIR, you will help develop, run and curate activities particularly focused on youth and digital engagement. As such, your application should focus on demonstrating your artistic practice and skills, showing us why you are suitable for this role, and telling us a bit about how you would deliver the role outputs.

Deadline: Friday 18th June 2021
Where: Online and at Hamilton Claypits LNR
Duration: from 28th June – October 31st 2021
Offered by the residency: £2,300

100 hours work equivalent to 10 hours per week over 10 weeks at £23 per hour. The precise distribution of those 100 hours will be flexible and appropriate to delivering the tasks undertaken.

Project outputs:

Engage with young people in the local area between 28th June and 31 October 2021 to deliver project outputs*:

A photo and art exhibition
2+ online film screenings
A short video about the Claypits
Develop HCLNR social media presence, website and online resources
Create content for our website
Enhance our Instagram presence
Develop ongoing online strategy

*Please note that the exact form that there is some flexibility to tweak the outputs, on the occasion that the applicant makes a compelling argument to deliver an alternate event to one or more of those listed.

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please submit the following to

· An artist’s CV and or link to your website, detailing your education and relevant experience

· Examples of your artistic practice

· The completed project proposal form

For further information: