Families, Community, and Cycling at the Southside Fringe

There are days to go until events start up, but not to worry, there’s still time to figure out how to choose between all the amazing events we’ve got planned! Every day this week, we’re working through the lineup so you can plan your festival just that little bit easier.

If you love the Southside community, then we’re in the same boat.

Come Saturday the 11th of May, we’ll be kicking off the Fringe Festival with a bright and bold Fiesta! Starting off with a procession to the square at Langside Hall, feel free to join us in our celebratory journey in Southside diversity.

The Fiesta itself will start at around 1pm at the square at Langside Hall, once the procession arrives, and the stage will host all measures of delights from throughout the programme. But wait, there’s more! We’ll be joined by local schools and businesses, featuring a market of local businesses, a range of family-friendly activity, and endless entertainment.

So if you’re not sure what the Southside Fringe Festival can offer you, why not come on down to the opening Fiesta this Saturday?

With such a jam-packed programme, finding something for the whole family to enjoy could be tricky. Luckily, we’ve got just the events for you!

Just the day after the Fiesta kicks everything off is another fantastic event. This free community ceilidh will take place outdoors outside Langside Hall from 2pm until 4pm and is open to dancers of all ages and abilities. Hosted by the Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop, we’re certainly ready to Strip the Willow!

Of course, if dancing’s not your scene, you could always bring the kids along to join Merman Tom at the Savings Bank for a whale of a time at this “mermazing” storytelling and sing-along children’s cabaret: Under the ABC. Come along, dress up if you want to, and most importantly, have fun.

Under the ABC - A storytelling & sing a long cabaret for kids will be happening at 1pm until 3pm on Sunday the 12th. Tickets cost £6 and are available through www.designmynight.com and also on the door, subject to availability.

For those looking to have a relaxing time with their wee ones on Thursday the 16th, Babes in Toyland is a weekly listening group offering the chance for you to chill out with a coffee and the kids to chill out to some tunes, all chosen by yourselves. Feel free to bring your own music or recommendations, or indeed, to just show up and start basking in this free event.

Babes in Toyland runs weekly on a Thursday at Some Great Reward from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.

If it’s an entertaining and educational experience you’re after, why not give Dr Jones Funny Bones at Cellar Southside a chance? Nominated for Best Kids Comedy Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019, Dr Jones Funny Bones, by Over the Lyne Comedy Club, is guaranteed to teach your kids all about the weird, disgusting and fascinating facts about the human body, with plenty for both kids aged 3 to 11 and adults to enjoy. Infants under 2 years old go free with a paying adult.

The show starts at 2pm and runs until 3pm at Cellar Southside on Saturday the 18th. Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased online at www.jokepit.com.

For children’s music and fairy tales abound, Jaggy Nettles will be at On The Fringe to provide story-songs like the the Gingerbread Man, The Pied Piper, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. This acoustic solo show is suitable for accompanied children from around 3 years old.

Jaggy Nettles will run from 2pm until 3pm on Sunday the 19th of May at On The Fringe. Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased online at http://buytickets.at/jaggynettals/245510.

If you want to share in local heritage with the whole family, join us for a fun, free afternoon at Pollokshields Burgh Hall, hosted by South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust. Crafts, stalls, and activities at this fantastic event are just the start as we shape an archive of the people, places, and events that make South Glasgow. This is a great opportunity to be part of something integral to the entire community, as a family or on your own.

The Southside Heritage Celebration will take place on Sunday the 19th of May, from 1pm until 4:30 pm.

Cycling is another great way to support your local environment and community, and certainly is no exception to having a series of great weekly events to check out!

Fixing your bike is often an overwhelming task. That’s why, on Wednesday the 15th and continuing throughout the Festival, is a free Weekly Cycle Maintenance Class where you can turn up at the Bike for Good Community Hub on the day (preferably bringing your bike) and learn the basics from 11am until 1pm.

If confidence is your issue, join Bike for Good Glasgow South on their gentle Weekly Guided Bike Ride on Saturday the 25th of May at 10am as part of the Fringe Festival. Leaving from the Bike for Good Community Hub, this free two-hour bike ride will be supervised by qualified instructors and guided to a park or sight of interest. Bikes and helmets are available to borrow for free.

And of course, every Thursday from the 23rd of May is Bike for Good’s confidence-building and entirely free Women’s Weekly Bike Ride. As before, bikes and helmets are available to borrow for free, and this hour-long bike ride goes from the Bike for Good Community Hub from 11:30 until 12:30.

And finally, the Finale Weekend of the Southside Fringe Festival plays host to market events!

First is the Park Lane Market, a great local pop-up market at the aptly named Park Lane Market with plenty for all the family to enjoy, from local makers and stalls to hot food and drinks. This family-friendly atmosphere is available to soak in from 11am until 5pm and is free to experience on both the 25th and the 26th of May, spanning the whole Finale Weekend.

From 6pm until 10pm, Park Lane Market then plays host to Park Lane (pictured above), transformed into not only a market, but an exciting performance space where you’re welcome to come along and chill out to some of the Southside’s top notch performers.

Entry into Park Lane's evening events is limited to ages 14 and above and costs £3, payable on entry.


Check out the full programme for a breakdown of events by day, and keep an eye out for more posts on our blog this week for highlights from each category of events.

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