West End Festival

West End Festival Hits Glasgow

June is a month of increased sighting of that burning ball of fire in the sky – the sun, to all you non-Glasgow dwellers! – and dreaming of getting out of work early on a Friday night to make the most of it. To anyone who knows the city well, June is a particularly special month as it’s when the West End Festival takes over, well, the West End, of course! The Festival boasts an eclectic mix of events, including children’s activities, comedy, theatre, walking tours, food and drink highlights and even meditation. The program this year is better than ever, perhaps making it difficult to narrow your choices to just a few. Never fear though, the Ambassador Hotel staff have put their heads together to come up with a list of stand-out events to give you a little inspiration. 

Playful Puppetry

The guys at Talking Heads Puppets have been hard at work and the fruits of their labour will be on show during their delightfully charming theatre piece for young audiences: Looking for Nessie. You can expect colourful puppets, expertly animated, and plenty of cheeky takes for little ones to be entertained by. 

Saturday 16th June, Scottish Puppet and Mask Centre

Clear Your Mind

There’s no bad time to do a little mind, body and soul cleansing, so spoil yourself in that regard during the Festival with a full day of guided meditation – bliss. It’s being held at the Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Centre near to Kelvingrove Park and promises to leave your truly refreshed and rejuvenated. 


West End Festival Ambassador Hotel Glasgow

West End Festival Ambassador Hotel Glasgow


Saturday 2nd June, Urban Day Retreat – A Clear Sky Mind

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Perhaps you don’t quite want to be sporting boots so far into the summer – trainers might be your best option in case that fabled sun comes out to play. The point is, there are a heap of things you won’t know about Glasgow unless someone gives you the heads up. So, join Ruth Guthrie of the Alexander Thomson Society as she takes you on a guided walking tour of some the famous architect’s best-known buildings – a great workout for both mind and body. 

Monday 4th June, Sixty Steps and Greek Thomson – start location Waterstones Byres Road. 

Relive Your Youth – 80’s Cocktail Evening

Love 80’s tunes and fun concoctions in the alcohol department. Well, boy, do we have the perfect night out for you! The Grosvenor Café is running the Cocktails and Dreams Makin’ n Shakin’ Masterclass during this year’s festival and, with a Cocktail and classic 80’s theme throughout, it’s sure to be a big hit.

Thursday 21st June, Grosvenor Café. 

Bigging it Up

 The Big Sunday is set to be a sure-fire highlight of the 2018 festival. With music stages, food stalls, funfair, street games, and a skateboard competition, there’s loads of offer to keep the whole family entertained. Keep your diary clear as we know you’ll be keen to spend the whole day in Glasgow’s biggest park, celebrating the summer with locals and visitors alike.   

If you’re coming from out of town, be sure to check out the Ambassador Hotel website for great rates and a fantastic location for this year’s festival – just a short walk from all events.