ON YOUR DOORSTEP Eve
There are lots of new things happening on the River Clyde this year and one of the most exciting is the new Power Boat trips from the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour.
You start your trip by zipping up your life jacket, heading down the steps and then 'gracefully' clambering into the boat. Once you have your seat and are holding on tight you manoeuvre round the Tall Ship Glenlee and blast full speed ahead out into the Clyde. Heading east you whizz past the Armadillo, go quickly under the bridges and up towards the Nautical College with the driver pointing out various things of interest. As you speed along you can ask to stop at any time to get a closer look or take photos. Old and new developments on the river sit side by side — the new Science Centre is being built next to the pod-like lmax cinema on the south bank, close-by is the site of the old shipyards before you head back to dry land.
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Once you have got your land legs back you can stop in at the cafe or have a tour round the Glenlee and the visitor’s centre, but if you fancy having a go at learning to drive the boat you can sign up for one of Seaforce’s courses.
The boat trip lasts for 25 minutes and is exhilarating and fun for all ages, giving you a whole new perspective on the river, the city and its buildings. It freshens you up, blows away the cobwebs and is one of the best cures for the morning after the night before blues. (Jane Hamilton)
Fun Factor 5/5 Informative 3/5 Value for money 4/5
How do you get there Buses run every 30 mins from town Mon-Sat or follow the signs for the SECC West car park and the Tall Ship. Free parking.
How much it costs £5 (£2.50), one accompanied child over 5 years is free. Discounts available for Tall Ship season ticket holders & Power Boat training . Special prices for group and corporate bookings available.
When it's open Every weekend in June and every day July & August, 1 1am—5pm. a Power Boat Trips, The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631.
People's Palace 8: Winter Garden Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Glasgow’s best-loved institution has recently undergone a major facelift to celebrate its centenary year. The new displays are set out thematically with subjects including The Patter, Visions Of The City and Crime And Punishment.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. Mon—Sun 10am—5pm. £3.20 (£2.20); family ticket £8.60. One of the most elegant 18th century buildings in the country, this historic house features some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art Listings page 79.
Atlas Square, Ayr Street, 557 1405. Tire—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4.30pm. Free. By use of photographs and artefacts, arts and crafts, the museum brings to life the social and industrial history of the north of Glasgow illustrated by two permanent exhibitions Made In The North and Springbum Park, Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow.
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St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art
2 Castle Street, Glasgow, 553 2557. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden, priceless art works from the world’s six major religions and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures.
145 Buccleuch Street, Garnethill, 333 0183. Daily 2—5pm. £3 (£2). This typical Victorian tenement fiat of 1892 provides a fascinating look at Glasgow life during the first half of the 20th century.
The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); accompanied children free. Find out about Glasgow’s maritime heritage on- board the S.V. Glenlee, the only Clyde- built sailing ship still aﬂoat in the UK. Visitors can explore the boat or talk to the crew, and there’s a range of children’s activities. On-shore, there is a restaurant in the restored Pumphouse as well as a permanent exhibition space. Every weekend in Jun and daily in Jul and Aug there will be power boat trips available for £5 (£2.50); one child free with a paying adult.
SPECIAL EVENTS Festivals Stockfest 2000 Sat 24 Jun—Sun 2 Jul, various venues, Stockbridge, 557 1925. The annual Stockbridge Festival features a weekend of music and family events. Look out for the St Stephen Street street market and party on Sat 1 Jul, 10am—6pm, and the famous duck race on Sun 2 Jul, 3pm. Cyclefest 2000 On The Meadows Sun 25 Jun, The Meadows, Argyll Place, 334 2653. A park-based bike event, coinciding with the final Sunday of the Millennium Festival of Cycling. There’s lots happening including a bike bits jumble sale, fancy dress bike workshop as well as an appearance from ten-piece samba/ punk/reggae fusion band Bloco Vomit.
Royal Highland Show Thu 22—Sun 25 Jun, Thu 8am—6pm; Fri—Sat 8am—7pm; Sun Sam—5pm. £12.50—£15 (£7—£12.50); family ticket £25; 4 day pass £37.50. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 333 3036. The spectacular highlight of Scotland’s country calendar. See photo caption.
Scottish Organic Show Thu 22—Sun 25 Jun, 8am—7pm. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 333 3036. The first ever Scottish Organic Show brings together producers, retailers and experts with talks and tastings to bring you up to date with what’s new in the world of organics. 3DIZD Craft 8: Design Fair Thu 22—Sun 25 Jun, 9am—7pm. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 661 6600. Ifyou’re heading to lngliston for the Highland Show, then check out the very best in contemporary and traditional craftwork sold direct by the makers.
New Frontiers In Science Wed 28—Thu 29 Jun, Wed 10am—4pm; Thu 10am—6.30pm. Free. Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22—26 George Street, 240 5000. The Royal Society of London’s annual summer exhibition travels outside London for the first time. The emphasis is on a hands-on approach, with multimedia displays and experts on hand to introduce you to the latest scientific discoveries. Topics include ‘Volcanoes, life and the abyss: an exotic world beneath the ocean’ and ‘The Broadband Phone’.
Flora Celtica Scotland 2000 Sat 1 Jul, 11am—5pm. Free. Royal Botanic Garden, lnverleith Row, 248 2979. Artefacts and images which illustrate the diverse role played by native plants in the life of Scottish people.
The Great Scottish Walk Sun 25 Jun, 10am—3pm. Entry fee £7.50 (£3.50). Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139 London Road, 661 5351. Starting and finishing at Meadowbank Stadium, this twelve mile walk for charity features entertainment en route including pipe bands, folk music and a parachute display.
People In The Picture Wed 28 Jun, 7—9pm. Free. St Bride’s Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, 346 1405. Scottish Education and Action for Development has organised this night, aimed at anyone with an interest in creating information about their community. Video work by community activists from the Dominican Republic will be on display and under discussion.
Beadwork For Grown-Ups Tue 27 Jun, 7—9pm. £10. Helios Fountain, 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Advance booking necessary. Designer Kay Bruce leads a workshop in beadwork.
March For Equality And Diversity Sat 24 Jun, 12.30pm. Assemble in East Market Street beside Waverley Station. March departs at 1pm along Princes Street and up The Mound to East Parliament Square. Organised by the STUC and Scrap the Section — the Scottish campaign to repeal Section 28 — this march aims to promote the principles of equality and diversity in Scotland.
Auld Reekie’s Ultimate Ghost 8: Torture Tour
Meet at The Tron Church, Royal Mile, 557 4700. £6 (£5—children £4). Times vary. Find out about Edinburgh’s grisly past in the company of a costumed guide on this city tour, which also takes in an underground haunted vault featuring a fully operational Pagan temple (harvests guaranteed or your money back then?)
Castlehill, Royal Mile, 226 3709. Mon- Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat & Sun 10am—6pm. £3.95 (£1.95—£3.15); family ticket £11.50. Pick up a pedestrian in your hand at this attraction which gives visitors a real-time, 360° image of the city. The most recent addition to the venue is the Magic Gallery, giving hands-on experiences of the art of visual trickery. There is also an exhibition devoted to holographs and photography on the lower floors.
Craigmillar Castle Road, 661 4445. Daily 9.30am—6.30pm. £1.80 (£1.30—children 75p). For a real taste of history, visit this ramshackle old castle, which although not quite as intact as Edinburgh Castle, is far more atmospheric and was the scene of much plotting during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Holyrood Road, 550 7800. Mon—Sun IOam—6pm. £5.95 (£3.50—£4.40); family ticket £16.50. With volcanoes erupting beneath your feet, a tropical rainstorm pouring down, earthquakes and tidal waves at every turn, the history of the earth has never been more interesting. Edinburgh’s latest visitor attraction uses stunning new developments in interactive technology to piece together the history of the planet, creating a thoroughly modern way to step back in time.
Castlehill, 225 9846. Daily 9.30am—6pm (last admission 5.15pm). £7 (£2—£5). Although much of the castle’s medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks in the 19th century, continuing excavations aim to redress this. Other attractions include James [V’s famous cannon, Mons Meg, the One O’Clock Gun with its own exhibition, lots of military silverware and, of course, The Stone Of Destiny, used to crown Scottish kings since time began.
Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
Meet at The Beehive Inn, 18—20 Grassmarket, 226 6665. Daily 7.30pm. £7 (£5). Pre-booking required for parties of ten or more. An excellent way to imbibe culture by visiting the favourite watering holes of Scotland’s literary heroes including Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Irvine Welsh.
Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Daily 9am—6pm. £6.80 (£3.80—£4.80); family ticket £19—£23.50. Widely accepted as one of the finest zoos in Britain, there’s plenty here to do to while away an