Glasgow’s first ever Clydebuilt Festival

The GalGael Trust in Partnership with the Clyde Maritime Trust will host a free festival to celebrate Scottish maritime heritage and the work of their Anchor and Sail project.

The Clydebuilt Festival will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th at the Riverside Museum (take the Subway to Partick and it’s only a short walk). Opening hours are Saturday 23rd from 10-2 and Sunday 24th 11-5. The Festival is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by Historic Environment Scotland and is sponsored by Tunnock’s biscuits of Uddingston.

The aim of the festival is to create an accessible community event which raises awareness of Glasgow’s unique maritime heritage, celebrating the activities of the 3-year Anchor and Sail project taking place in the workshops of GalGael and the Tall Ship.

On Saturday 23rd the festival will host ‘Castle to Crane’ Scotland’s biggest open water rowing race, 13 miles of racing from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston Crane. The race has a confirmed fleet of 75 open rowing boats, with teams from across Scotland and as far afield as Cornwall, Cork and the Netherlands.

At the shore-side, the Clydebuilt festival offers live craft demonstrations from the GalGael and The Tall Ship, beautiful boats from the Scottish Maritime Museum, hunter-gatherer skills with Backwood Survival and much more. Live music from local bands including The Trongate Rum Riots, Arkansas Rambles and Muldoon’s Picnic. Delicious food will be on offer from Scotland’s premium street food trucks: Loch Fyne Oysters, Babu Street Kitchen and Prime Street Food and of course a licensed bar. The Clydebuilt makers market will host eight local makers including East End Press, Object Company and Olive Pearson Designs.

On Sunday 24th September at 2pm the GalGael Trust and Tall Ship will launch two new wooden boats with Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander. These vessels, the West Coast Skiff and the Captain’s Gig have been traditionally hand built over the last three years by boatbuilding apprentices and volunteers.

So if you’re stuck for ideas this public holiday then why not hop off at Partick Subway and head on over?!