A feast of activities are lined up for Glasgow over the next few weeks – literally as it happens in the case of the first-ever Riverside Seafood Festival which will take place on the weekend of Saturday, August 6 and 7.
Other events include an opportunity to cycle the city´s roads without the interruption of vehicles, the chance to stroke the Highland Coos at Pollock Family Day and, for the athletically-inclined, a spurt through the city centre by taking part in the Great Scottish Run.
Back to the Riverside Seafood Festival though – the first-ever – with top acts being celebrity chefs John Quigley (Red Onion), John Queen (Hilton Hotel) and Jacqueline O´Donnell (The Sisters). All will be demonstrating exactly why they´re leading their field.
At the Festival you´ll also be able to sample a selection of seafood accompanied by jazz and traditional Scottish music. And don´t forget the Oyster Opening Championships (actually we can´t wait and have been practicing for quite a bit now). Hosted by Loch Fyne Oysters, the winner will go through to the International Oyster Opening Championships in Galway later this year.
The Sky Ride Campaign is on September 11. An attempt to get more than one million more people in the UK riding a bike by 2013, the challenge is signing up with Pedal For Scotland for the annual 51 mile ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh. There will also be a series of local routes planned during the week for those who don´t fancy peddling for hours. Those worried about dealing with a puncture can sign up for a series of bike maintenance workshops prior to September 11.
Pollock Family Day – as it´s name suggests – is a fab way for the whole family to spend Saturday, August 6. An annual event, this extravaganza has become a major must-do in Glasgow for the past 30 years or so. A selection of four arenas will host events such as police dog displays, a chance to ´see how it´s done´by some of the best horse farriers in Scotland, a martial arts display and a music stage.
And of course, where would Glasgow be in September without the pounding of thousands of trainers? The Great Scottish Run takes place once again, this year allowing thousands of competitive Glaswegians (and others from throughout Scotland) to embark on a half marathon or 10k throughout the city´s best-known streets, starting from George Square and finishing at Glasgow Green. Walkers and power walkers are also welcome to join in, provided they don´t disrupt runners en-route.
Last year the event attracted more than 23,000 runners - the highest number ever. This year´s is expected to exceed that target.
If you´re entering either the Great Scottish Run or the Pedal for Scotland and Sky Ride events, just remember to register beforehand to avoid disappointment and give organisers an idea of how many to cater for. Otherwise, have a ball!