Comfortable, sociable & cosy all at once

Going abroad to a Mediterranean island to disappoint your parents isn’t always an option due to financial/moral restrictions.So let Luke Hawkins guide you on how to blend in seamlessly with the rest of society by soaking up a bit of food, fun and festivities…

Pyjama Party
Friday 21st July- The Shed, Langside Avenue, Glasgow

The Shed plays host to several themed nights throughout the year and mid-July they plan on giving you the option of being comfortable, sociable and cosy all at once. Despite being a pyjama party it’s difficult to imagine there not being some who make a point of turning up “PJ-Chic”, wearing only the most fashionable and flattering pyjamas available; as opposed to the faded hand-me-downs with questionable stains on them that we all really use as PJs. Nonetheless, head to the Southside and embrace your unicorn onesie.

Glasgow Mela
Sunday 2nd July- Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow


Satisfy your need for international culture without even having to leave the city. Glasgow Mela is a multi-cultural festival being held in Kelvingrove Park smack in the middle of Summer. You can expect to find all sorts of terrifyingly delicious smelling foods to sample and a number of eccentric individuals and troupes performing throughout. The park will be filled with the sunniest sounds from around the world as you make your way through the temporary, multi-cultural microcosm.

This Will Ruin Everything
15th July- 30th July- The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

the lighthouse

With the paint still drying on the three massive Billy Connolly murals – Glasgow’s tip of the hat to the Big Yin – public art is hard to miss in the city. Recoat, an urban art organisation, will be holding an exhibition in The Lighthouse. The exhibition will include screenings, discussions and workshops regarding urban art and mural projects. The programme will delve into the theories and underlying philosophies that crop up in the production of art in the public- something that is becoming increasingly relevant to Glasgow.

Byres Road Makers Market
Saturday 29th July- Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow


Byres road plays host to a pop up market on the last Saturday of every month (11am-4pm), showcasing all sorts of quirky crafts made by local hands. Artists and designers from across Scotland will be there to show their wares. When Buchanan Street and The Galleries become a bit too gaudy and crowded for you, the altogether more quaint and eclectic shopping experience awaits you out west. One of a kind gifts and the odd present to yourself are all worth looking for on Byres Road.

Edinburgh Food Festival
Wednesday 26th- Sunday 30th July- George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Foodies Festival 2014 (3)

More foody goodness in the form of the Edinburgh Food Festival. Indulge yourself in the finest Scottish food and drink. The beauty of food festivals is that they tend to be pretty expansive so you’ll be walking off the calories as you’re eating! Expect burgers, BBQs and all sorts of other deliciousness as you’re surrounded by the smells and tastes of the ever refining Scottish cuisine.