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Create a sustainable fine art print using flowers & sunlight
Join artist Jess Holdengarde and artist/florist Molly Mae Whawell of fLowers_. In a fun-filled morning at a professional photographic studio, we will create a unique artwork to take home - using flowers and sunlight! Gain a new sustainable photographic skill and learn about the historical meanings surrounding the tradition of gifting flowers. Molly Whawell will introduce us to the coded language of floriography, used by Victorians to express affections, desires or destain through flower-giving. She will also dip into some of the compositional skills used by florists and artists alike in the creation of their works. We will select from fresh flowers to create unique meaning and form in our artworks. Jess Holdengarde will then introduce us to a plant-based photographic process which will use flowers to make a naturally developed photographic print. The lumen print is a solar photogram - an image created on photographic paper, exposed by the sun. It began as one of photography’s earliest experiments in the 19th century. A perfect gift for yourself or loved one as we transfer the act of of giving flowers into a more permanent fine art print that you can take home with you at the end of the day! This is an environmentally friendly analogue process, all materials will be provided at the workshop along with light refreshments and snacks!
The Dark Side of Glasgow Tour
Recently named ‘Europe’s murder capital’ and voted the ‘UK’s friendliest city’ in the same week! It’s fair to say Glasgow is a confusing city, which means you need a true Weegie to show you the ropes. Follow me and we’ll explore famous landmarks and gritty street art, while I tell you of Glasgow’s crime and macabre past! Its ties to the slave trade, its gangs, its godfathers, its ghosts, and its twisted serial killers! This is not your average tour, full of dull architectural facts and dates. No! We are absolutely bursting with trademark dry Glaswegian humour and have all the feisty, entertaining tales the tourist industry likes to leave out! 'People Make Glasgow' and this is a tour dedicated to the people and their thrilling, hilarious, and sometimes terrifying adventures. Want to know about Bible John? The Human Crocodile? The Gorbals Vampire? Arthur Thompson and his kin? Then look no further! These are not the stories you will find in museums, they cannot be summed up in a book. We Glaswegians are known to spin a yarn and are the world’s greatest storytellers. I will add in my own anecdotes passed down from my family, including both the historical facts and the mythical imaginings clearly defined. You will learn to admire our working-class charm. Our brutality, our humour and most of all our complexity. Edinburgh might be Scotland’s brain, but Glasgow is its heart!
Stories of Glasgow - City Walking Tour with a Historian
If your preferred date isn't available, please get in touch and we can figure something out! In this experience you will get to know Glasgow throughout the centuries. We will meet in front of Glasgow Cathedral and jump straight into stories of Scotland's largest city, viewing the interior of the Cathedral and seeing its fantastic architecture. We spend some time in and around the Cathedral, there is so much to see! Glasgow has its humble beginnings with the arrival of St. Mungo who we will learn about in front of the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life&Art. I will tell you about Glasgow's status as one of the top ten greenest cities in the UK at one of Glasgow's fantastic murals. Heading to Merchant City, I will introduce you to Glasgow's imperial history and we will meet some historic figures on George Square. If you are into Outlander, you're in luck because we will see two filming location as wel! During the short walks in between our stops I will give you a fun mix of history, fun facts and personal anecdotes as well as introduce you to the Scottish culture. We will end in the inner city from where I can point you to great places for a dram of whisky, or some lunch or afternoon tea (price for food not included in tour). All of this you will be able to experience in 1.5 hours and about 2.5 miles. So what are you waiting for?
Tea with Naughty Sheep
Feed and stroke gorgeous Herdwick sheep. Good fun for groups, gorgeous for couples. Over 16s. Romantic trips, aniversaries, birthdays, animal lovers or adventurers in search of the unique and exclusive. Happy sheep and intimate teas means limited places. Private hen parties by request. Enjoy a traditional tea in the meadow looking at our panoramic views. Hilarious pet sheep will join you for cuddles and a bit of naughtiness and trying to eat all the wrong things.. After your outdoor home-made afternoon tea, you can photograph the baaad boys in the meadow or barn and really feel the bond of trust you created. A special feeling.. If we have new lambs there might be the chance to give them a bottle of milk too. You will enter the secret world of sheep- a wholesome joy (If you want a mindful sheepy retreat for sheepy sleepovers) Animals and hens are unpredictable and untrained. Bring a sense of humour and a camera. Please don't film and feed at the same time- they like your full attention and I will ask for some phone-free periods to experience the Mindfulness of your new flock. The sheep are free to choose to walk off and graze too I recommend walking from the village to the location, 25 mins but you may drive the rough stone farm track of 1k. This is an outdoor experience in the Loch Lomond National Park- dress wisely
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Walking Tour
Explore the life, works and tales of Glasgow's most famous designer, architect and artist on this first of it's kind tour in Glasgow, in collaboration with Mackintosh at the Willow. Join us as we wander the streets of Mackintosh's home city to experience and witness his lasting legacy... With your expert guide, you'll take a deeper look at his life, marriage, influences and incredible expertise; visiting some of his most famous works that still stand to this day, his first married home, and some lesser known treasures along the way. Along the way you’ll learn about the temperance movement of time times that inspired Mrs Cranston - Glasgow’s leading tea shop entrepreneur who commissioned Mackintosh to design her famous tearooms. After this 2 hour tour we’ll finish up at one of these tea rooms - Mackintosh at the Willow on Sauchiehall street to view the iconic designs firsthand and explore their extensive exhibition.
Glasgow's Famous Sub Crawl Not the average Pub Crawl
The Glasgow Subcrawl. possibly the best take on the world famous "Pub Crawl" The Glasgow Subcrawl takes its participants to depths of the underground Glasgow Subway. We will start from the heart of Glasgow. Buchanan Street Subway Station and from there, make our short walk to the first Pub. Overall we will be stopping at 12 of the 15 stops around Glasgow where we shall arrive at a bar or pub, have a drink for 15/20 mins and then its back to the subway Ultimately finishing where we started. Buchanan Street. Many have tried and many have failed but this experience is sure to be one to remember which gives a unique and fast paced glimpse of one of Scotlands famous cities. while sampling the varied and diverse Pub and Bar scene. You'll go from trendy bars to old school Glaswegian pubs all while learning and taking in all that Glasgow has to offer. As a host and resident of Glasgow (From Birth) I will be guiding and giving our participants a unique look into the City and into each stop, bar, pub we arrive at. imparting my humour and knowledge of the city along the way. There will be games, challenges and for successful participants who complete the challenge there will also be a "I completed the Glasgow Subcrawl" T-Shirts. This would be a perfect night out for a large group for example a stag or hen do would find this to be a fantastic night in the town.
The Wee Food Tour of Glasgow
We will be eating our way around Glasgow starting in the heart of the City Centre followed by a trip to the West End and finishing in the historical East End. We will talk about each area and why they matter to the culinary and cultural map of Glasgow. This tour is an introduction to the must try 'Bucket List' of Scottish food and we encourage adventurous and curious eaters! Interacting with the locals and business owners allow us an intimate look at why the city of Glasgow is so incredible.
The Essentials of Glasgow City Walking Tour
Get your bearings and discover Glasgow through a local ‘weegies’ eyes. A must do on any visit to Glasgow, all with a local, expert guide. Available every day at 10:30am (& 5pm in summer). On our most popular tour, you will witness and learn about our rich, turbulent history and how it has shaped Glasgow into the vibrant city it is today. The tour lasts around 1.5 hours. ​Throughout the tour you will take a look at some of the famous and lesser known figures to Glasgow, such as our patron saint St Mungo, and even Dr Who! Hear their stories as we travel through the centuries and explore what Glasgow has to offer. Some of the sites you will cover include: -George Square -Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis -Glasgow Green -The Clyde -The Duke of Wellington As well as some hidden treasures of the city that you wouldn't see by yourself! Other things to note: We operate whatever the weather! Please come suitably prepared for all conditions.
Snuggle Special-Needs Sanctuary dogs
You will be welcomed at the Sanctuary by a myriad of barking, happy , tail-wagging special needs dogs. Having gone into the "airlock" [a double safety gate to prevent escapees] before climbing up to the office, the dogs will surround you with wags, wiggles and woofs Once the excitement has settled down a bit you will be able to sit at the picnic tables on the covered decking and have adorable Chihuahuas clambering on your knee, Labradors vying for attention and Gandalf our large Golden Doodledor [ mongrel ] watching the activities from his vantage point on another picnic table. The dogs love all the attention and whilst you are giving them hugs and cuddles I will tell all their stories of how they came to be at the Sanctuary and their special needs and treatments if any. If wanted a short tour of the other animals at the Sanctuary can be included or you can stay on the decking with the dogs and give them a brush or just snuggle with a Chihuahua in your jumper and a Rottie round your neck . Other things to note Warm, waterproof clothing and footwear; if doing more than the Dog Cuddle Experience suggest wellies as the fields may be muddy. Please don't have goodies for the animals as you WILL be mugged for them. They can be left at reception for later treats thanks
Make a Silver Ring
You'll experience making your silver ring in this activity. We will provide samples to choose from, and you can explore your imagination to create the piece. We will guide you step by step to create a silver ring, including sawing, soldering, polishing etc. Beginners are friendly :) Other things to note Please do not wear sandals or slippers. We will provide you with a studio handbook and health and safety sheets before the experience. Thank you.
A Magical Potions Brewing & Tea-Mixology Workshop Glasgow
A Magical Potions Brewing & Tea- Mixology Workshop. Embark on an evening that combines the world of tea mixology, science and a little magic to brew delicious elixirs. Try lots of tea blends and learn to make elaborate tea infused potions which will delight more than just your taste buds. Whilst on this magical journey you will learn all about the diverse world of tea. Discovering different teas and blending herbs, flowers and spices, you'll learn how they are made, best enjoyed and the power they hold. Take this immersive class and begin by enjoying a creamy Butter Brew shimmering concoction. Gather round the cauldron with fellow students adding vials of herbs to brew a wondrous sleeping potion. Learn to cold brew a colour changing elixir fit for a unicorn and finally whisk up some tantalising green matcha magic. You'll also get 10% off everything in store all evening so you can save whilst topping up your tea potions cupboard and continue to make magic at home. Ideal as a gift experience for yourself or someone you love, corporate entertainment or a low-key hen party activity this unique workshop mustn't be missed.
Unique Glasgow Whisky Experience, A Wee Walk and a Whisky
The perfect mix of a walking tour and drink tasting (three full drams included!), enjoy a wee walk and a premium whisky tasting in a local pub with a fun guide. Do something different on your trip and see a new side to Glasgow with this small group tour. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your guide, discovering the history and culture of Glasgow, visiting the key spots to see on a trip to the city. Throughout the tour you will take a look at some of the famous and lesser known figures to Glasgow, such as our patron saint St Mungo, and even Dr Who! Hear their stories as we travel through the centuries and explore what Glasgow has to offer. After the walking tour, you'll deserve a wee nip (three, in fact)! Relax with the guide and enjoy a premium whisky tasting, trying three full drams of Scotland's finest whiskies, learning more about the whiskies as you go. Since launching, this has been one of our most popular tours for those looking for some sightseeing with a twist! Everything is included in the price, just show up and enjoy!
People Make Glasgow
This is a very popular tour. We meet George Square, between the Lions. For the 10.30 tour we focus on Glasgow’s city centre it’s mysterious history and association with tobacco and slavery. Walking around the city centre ending at Glasgow Cross the heart of the Medieval city. The tour examines how Glasgow went from being a small rural medieval city around 500 CE to the world's powerhouse with a population of over a million people. The city has re-invented itself several times and is now transforming itself into one of worlds most beautiful cities from an ugly industrial despoiled blot. Trace the slave trade and the ruthless barons who profited from the mysery of millions of africans. But before them it was Scotsmen who were enslaved to colonies in the Americas. We explore Glasgow's complex social, religous and political past when tanks patrolled Glasgow city centre and riots led to executions at Glasgow Cross. Glasgow has it all from political religous and social strife. Gordon is a great raconteur, a trained actor with a comedic talent. Starting George Square, through the financial district (Glasgow's fifth avenue), Buchanan street then exploring the Merchant City, Hutcheson's Hospital, Ramshorn Kirk, Old fruit market, Tron Kirk and Steeple then down to the Medieval High street and Mercat Cross.
Making Beaded Bracelet with Silver Disc
You'll experience making your own beaded bracelet in this activity. You can choose different crystals and stones provided with a silver disc to engrave names or create textures. Other things to note Please do not wear sandals or slippers. There will be a studio handbook and health and safety sheets to sign before the experience. There will be two cats in the studio. If there are any allergies to cats, please let me know. Thank you.
Guided Running Tour of Glasgow
I'll take you on a guided running tour starting and finishing in Glasgow’s city centre, where I'll share my passion for the city and local history with you. We’ll take in the major sights - George Square, Cathedral, Necropolis, Glasgow Green - but also some more ‘off-the-beaten-track’ sights and local knowledge that you won’t find otherwise: the architecture and statues, the hidden river under the city, the amazing street art. There will be stops along the way to talk through the sights and history and, of course, for photo ops! I’ll also give you local recommendations for your trip - running routes, bars and restaurants, or events. If you can't see a time/date that suits you in the calendar, please message me. Please come ready to run! Dress appropriately for the weather. You should be physically capable of running 8km / 5 miles with stops. The pace will be tailored to your requirements: a rough guide is if you can run 5k in 35 mins, you can do the tour.
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