Visitors to the Glasgow Canal are being invited to capture some canal magic at a fun-filled festival featuring live music, street food, crafts and activities – including the chance to be crowned the city’s Dragon Boat Racing champion!
The first-ever Glasgow Canal Festival, organised by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, National Theatre of Scotland, The Whisky Bond, Queens Cross Housing Association, and various canalside communities and businesses, kicks off on Saturday July 22nd at Applecross Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal and will feature an array of activities on and off the water.
Entries are now open for the main event of the festival – the inaugural Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat Race. Ten teams of 15 people each will battle through a series of heats to be crowned the Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat champion.
Full details are available at https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/events/glasgow-canal-festival/
Those looking to sample the more sedate side of the festival will be able to grab an array of delectable delights from street food stalls, enjoy a range of live music, and even take a free canal boat cruise along the Glasgow Canal. Origami boat design and building classes will also see amateur engineers put their skills to the test as they compete for the top spot – and the glory of creating a vessel that floats!
The festival celebrates the ongoing transformation of the area, which in recent years has saw the creation of a flourishing cultural quarter featuring the likes of the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, and the creative hub of The Whisky Bond. Urban sports also sit at the heart of the area, with Pinkston Watersports – Scotland’s only urban white water course – and Glasgow Wake Park located on the banks of the canal.