The Subway Festival

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th May

Admission: The cost of a subway ticket gets you to all of the underground performances.  Other event costs vary.  See Subway Festival website for details.

The Glasgow Subway Festival is back once again for two days of brilliant fun, with events, offers and performance above and below ground.

From a petting zoo to breakdance & beatbox workshops, a ski slope, a farmer’s market, choirs and carnival tunes, cutting edge fashion, petting zoo, unique theatre pieces, art installations and aerial shows, there is definitely more than one something for everyone.

On Train Underground Performances

Running from 10am – 8pm on Saturday and from 10am – 5pm on Sunday, there will be a variety of great performances taking place on every train in the network.  There will ALWAYS be a performance on the last car of every train and at off-peak times (10am – 12 noon and 5pm – 8pm) there will be a performance on the first and last car of every train.  Between the hours of 10am and 3pm each day, there will be performances for families; some might be silly, some magical and some will even be a little scary, but all will put a smile on your face!  All you have to do is buy a ticket for the underground, jump on a train, and enjoy the ride.

What’s On Overground

Many of the Subway Festival events occur near subway stations around the city.  Some highlights include:

  • Wild Life in Kinning Park:  Excellent for the kids (and big kids).  Located next to Kinning Park subway from 10am – 4pm each day, you can make your own wild animal to take home, pet and handle amazing animals, or even launch your own rocket.  (Free admission).
  • Subway Festival Markets:  Located in Dowanhill Primary School, near to Hillhead subway station, you can enjoy delicious food at Scotland’s largest farmers market on the Saturday, and then on the Sunday you can find some great bargains at the Subway Fashion Fayre.  (Free admission).
  • Spinal Chord Aerial Show:  Amazing aerial performances that will take your breath away.  Only on at 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm on Sunday 24th May.  Performances will take place at the Partick Interchange forecourt.  (Free admission).
  • See Bambi on the big screen at the GFT: The Disney film of course.  Everyone knows the story…  Bambi, a wobbly-legged fawn, is born deep in the forest where he makes friends with a rabbit called Thumper, faces family tragedy, and learns to grow up fast.  Closest subway station is Cowcaddens.  Only showing at 12.15pm on Sunday 24th May.  (Tickets cost £4/£3 concession).


At the Subway Festival, you’re not just meant to stand and watch.  You can try out an activity that you’ve always wondered about, and learn some great new skills along the way.  Some activities you can have a go at include:

  • Breakdancing:  Try out breakdancing with the Subway Festival Urban Academy at Mansfield Park.  Remember to wear trainers and loose clothing though.  Workshops on from 12pm – 5.30pm on Saturday, and 12pm – 5pm Sunday.  Nearest station is Kelvinhall.  (Free admission).
  • Craft workshops:  Learn to make clay animals (10am – 4pm daily) or paper mache pigs (12.30pm or 2.30pm daily) in the Scotland Street Museum.  Nearest station is Shields Road.  (Free admission).
  • Beatboxing:  Have a go at beatboxing with the Subway Festival Urban Academy at Mansfield Park.  Workshops on at 1.30pm, 3pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Nearest station is Kelvinhall.  (Free admission).
  • Baking:  Brush up on your baking skills and enjoy some delicious treats afterwards. Classes are on in the Scotland Street School Museum at the following times on Saturday and Sunday: Baking Fairy Cakes, 11am – 12noon.   Baking Meringues, 12.30pm – 1.30pm.  Baking Empire Biscuits, 2pm – 3.30pm.  Nearest station is Shields Road.  (Free admission).
  • Fitness classes: All fitness classes at the Kelvin Hall are free all weekend with presentation of a Subway ticket.  Popular classes can fill up, so we recommend booking in advance at the centre reception.  Weekend classes include : Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Step, Spin Fit, Body Attack and Ballroom/Latin (beginners).  Nearest station is Kelvinhall.   (Free admission with valid Subway ticket).
  • Tango:  Sloans presents Tango in the City, giving you a taste of the tango life.  Beginners are welcome to try out this fantastic dance style!  Ladies will need a shoe with a small heel.  Comfortable clothing recommended.  Only on once, 3pm – 5pm, on Sunday 24th May.  Nearest subway station is St Enoch.  (£5/£3 concession.  2 for 1 with valid subway ticket).

Underground Treasure Hunt

The Subway is full of bunnies!  But it’s not Easter…  It’s the Glasgow Subway Festival!  The Subway mascot, Boo, has lost some of his friends and relatives around town.  If you help him out, you could win a two day adventure break at Crieff Hydro for your family or you and a friend.  Pick up a form from Buchanan Street station from Monday 17th May or download it from the Subway Festival website and get cracking those clues right away!

There are many more events and workshops for your entertainment.  To find out what else is on, or for further information on any of the events listed above simply visit the Subway festival website.

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  1. I am a station master at St Enoch station and i got the privilage of getting my picture taken with 4 kan kan girls in the station. This i will say set up my experience of the subway festival that i attended on my days off. The kids had a fab day going round the stations to all the different events that were on.

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