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Five alternative Glasgow days out

Five alternative Glasgow days out
Robin C Mitchell

Are you tired of the same old shopping trips and excursions? In need of an injection of fun into your extra-curricular activities that will suit young and old alike? Then read on as there’s plenty going on in and around Glasgow to get you motivated. From group mystery games to theatre with an eccentric kick, there’s sure to be a treat or two for you in these five alternative days out.

Air Space



























With more than 100 interconnected trampolines, Air Space is a fantastic mix of fun and keep-fit. Whether freestyle jumping is more your thing, or you fancy one of the plethora of bouncified team sports including dodgeball, basketball and football, they've got you covered. One hour sessions cost £13 and include your Air Space Jump socks, so won’t break the bank.
Airspace, Monday - Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am-10pm. Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride.




Designed as a team-building game, Escape is a unique day out where mystery and suspense reign. The premise is simple: you and your team will be locked in a room with exactly 60 minutes to find your way out. In order to do so, you must solve puzzles, decipher clues and unravel riddles. This really is fun for all the family and with prices starting from £11 per person, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are various time slots from early morning to late evening available.
Escape, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street.


Get your knee pads out and your roller skates on; roller rinks are back in fashion and there's now a great place in Glasgow to practice those moves. RollerStop offer everything from roller discos and open sessions to those vital skate lessons for young and old alike. With various opening times throughout the week, check online to find something to suit you. Prices start at £3 for children and £5 for adults, with monthly or yearly membership passes also available. Get your skates on!
RollerStop, 139 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park.

No1 Chocolate Factory


Got a sweet tooth and a flair for creation? Then No1 Chocolate Factory is all the motivation you need to get up and out on a grey Glasgow afternoon. Their daily workshops for kids ( available 10am-4pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends) run for around an hour a time and cost £13. For adults there’s also a chocolate masterclass (£35, week days, 6.30pm-8pm) which covers everything you need to know about creating your own chocolate. Sweet!
No 1 Chocolate Factory, 63 St George's Road.

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre 

Sharmanka Kinectic Theatre



















If you prefer your theatre to be on the quirkier side of life then this is for you. Trongate 103 plays host to hundreds of beautiful kinetic sculptures and carved figures, as they move to music and light. Sharmanka was founded by Eduard Bersudsky and Tatyana Jakovskaya in St. Petersburg in 1989 but found a home in Glasgow in 1996. Hailed as a hidden treasure in Glasgow this really is an unforgettable show as it's both haunting and unique. Short and full shows run in allocated slots from Wednesday through to Sunday each week, with ticket prices starting from £5 (£4 concession).
Trongate 103, Argyle Street.


See more things to do in Glasgow from Time Out.