Opening of The Claypits in North Glasgow

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

Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, outdoor activities both on and off the water, with fun for everyone. Come and meet some watery canal wildlife, learn how to identify butterflies, bag a spot in a paddleboarding session, or just enjoy the live music and spectacular views!

There’s a brilliant programme of events – be sure to scroll down to our all-day activities too.

Download the Claypits map here. 

What’s on

Our programme has some special events and some activities happening through the entire day – take a look!

10:00    Event opens
10:00    Paddleboarding
10:30    Butterfly walk
10:30    Local band – Big Bob and the Belters
11:00    Heritage guided walk
11:30    Paddleboarding
12:00    Opening ceremony
12:30    Butterfly walk
13:00    Local band – Big Bob and the Belters
13:00    Paddleboarding
13:30    Butterfly walk
14:00    Event closes

Come and meet us!

Claypits Management Group – meet the team, learn more about the Claypits, and find out how you  can get involved!

Scottish Canals Heritage Manager – come and meet Chris, and ask him all you want to know about the Claypits’ history or join his guided heritage walk at 11am.

Scottish Canals Environmental Manager – (11:00 – 14:00) Olivia will be ready to introduce you to some watery canal wildlife, before you take the litter quiz… how will you score?

Glasgow Paddleboarders Co. – fancy getting out on the water? Glasgow Paddleboarders Co. invite you to come and try paddleboarding on the canal – see the session times above. (Limited spaces per session)

Glasgow Paddleboarders Co is an affiliated Stand up paddleboard school that offers lessons around a variety of locations in the city of Glasgow right up to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland (Glasgow and SW Scotland) – learn some butterfly and moth identification skills, or join the team for a short guided walk – times above.

Butterfly Conservation’s core aims are to: recover threatened butterflies and moths, increase numbers of widespread species, inspire people to understand and deliver species conservation, and promote international conservation actions.

Froglife – learn how to identify different ambhibians and reptiles, or find out how to make your own pond

The Froglife Trust (known as Froglife) is a national wildlife conservation charity with a specific focus on reptiles and amphibians and the habitats that they depend on. Froglife’s vision is a world in which reptile and amphibian populations are flourishing as part of healthy ecosystems.

Their Scottish Green Pathways project and Green Pathways For Life project both work in Glasgow and surrounding areas and focuses on delivering educational and practical conservation sessions to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and children as well as older people living with dementia to improve their local greenspaces for wildlife.

Canal Youth Forum – meet the team and have your say on local issues!

Canal Youth Forum was established to champion the voices of young people as well as allow them to get themselves heard in Canal Ward.

Hamiltonhill Family Learning Centre – join in with some free children’s activities.

Hamiltonhill Family Learning Centre promotes positive partnerships between the home, nursery and the community, working together to meet the needs, and respect the rights, of all users.

Carnival Arts – join the team for a cuppa and a chat about all their activities.

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. Carnival Arts have significant experience of delivering community outreach and carnival skills workshops and work closely with a wide network of artists.

QCHA Social Regeneration Team – meet the team and find out about all the local activities, classes and events they run locally.

Queens Cross Housing Association is your local hub for info on local community activities – youth work, digital inclusion and health & well-being. Helping make Queens Cross a community for everyone!

Open Water Rescue – be sure to stop by and say hello to the team, to learn some essential open water safety advice.

Open Water Rescue is a voluntary Royal Life Saving Society Rescue unit. Their objectives are; to make waterways safer, carry out the search for missing persons, provide assistance at flooding incidents, provide safety cover at open water events, deliver drowning prevention education to the public by providing information and training in; lifesaving, life support, water safety, resuscitation and first aid, through participation in the Award schemes of the Royal Life Saving Society United Kingdom (RLSS UK).

Police Scotland Community Team

Big Bob and the Belters – these local musicians will be providing live music all day, with two full-band performances too – see performance times above.


About The Claypits Glasgow

The new Claypits Glasgow Inner City Nature Reserve is accessible to all, and offers a beautiful urban oasis just one mile from the city centre. The opening event celebrations will focus on the transformation of the area including the Nature Reserve, new walkways, a new canal bridge and drainage infrastructure. Have you explored them yet? Come and embrace nature within the city whether it be by walking, wheeling, or cycling!

Check out to find out more about the Claypits nature reserve.

The project has been funded by Sustrans, Glasgow City Council (Vacant and Derelict Land Fund), NatureScot (Green Infrastructure Challenge Fund – Lups), Central Scotland Green Network, Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (NHS).

The project has been supported the Green Exercise Partnership, a joint venture between Scottish Forestry, NatureScot, NHS National Services Scotland and Public Health Scotland to inspire greater public health and environment benefits from greenspace around hospitals and healthcare settings.

Associated key partners to the project are the Scottish Government via Queens Cross Housing Association, the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership, and the Claypits LNR Management Group.