It’s dark, it’s cold and the last of your festive cheer has possibly disappeared with your hangover.
2012 quickly approaches and the time has come to make resolutions to be abandoned with gusto. But this New Years instead of giving up supposed bad habits, why don’t you choose a new year’s resolution of discovery.
Glasgow is overflowing with culture and entertainment – and even better, much of it is free. So even if Christmas has left you waiting for your next pay, there’s no excuse not to see what’s on in Glasgow in 2012.
A lively arts hub in the city centre, Trongate 103 holds free events on the first Thursday of every month. Ranging from film screenings to exhibitions, drama to music from professionals to community members, there’s something for everyone.
Earlier this month I went to the amazing Project Ability exhibition where I was lucky enough to meet the artist and saw a performance of GIRL taking place in a photographic gallery. It’s a wonderful adventure, you don’t know what the event is going to be like until you are in it, so take a risk and discover something sensational.
If you fancy something more highbrow, then the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) hosts a Creative Exchange on the last Thursday of the month. Of course you can be daring an do both.
Explore Glasgow’s museums for free!
Alternatively Glasgow offers loads of free museums, great for adults and kids. There’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, architectural magnificence with storytelling for children on a Saturday morning.
And don’t underestimate the attraction of modern art for kids, at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) my boys could stare at things for far longer than me. The apparent lack of rules of interpretation work and fascinate.
Check out the newly opened Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel featuring the fantastic Flying Scotsman with his specially designed bikes – may look a little bizarre but world records can’t be wrong.
The Southside’s impressive Burrell Collection is set in beautiful grounds with a great play park. And inside there’s hours of exploring to discover with over 1200 collections, 3000 images and a wonderful café to rest tired feet and refuel in.
Discover the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green boasting Billy Connolly’s banana shoes and the best park nearby with enclosed tubular slides.
So bundle yourself up and make grabbing a bit of free culture your New Year’s resolution. You’ll be glad you did.