Connect with your neighbourhood and local nature
Covid-19 and lockdown has affected everyone's mental wellbeing. But it also enhanced our sense of social connection and helping each other, and our appreciation for our Bearsden community and the nature surrounding us. This year’s festival programme running at a relaxed pace over the coming months, Green Shoots, is about coming out of the pandemic in better physical and mental health, and inspired with new hope for the future.
The Bearsden Festival is about making opportunities for Bearsden people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to connect, creating a more sustainable, vibrant and caring community. This year, Green Shoots focuses our attention on our wellbeing, nature and the environment.
We hope children, young people and older residents of Bearsden will enjoy being part of this new festival theme. Whether you're new to the area and want to find out more about what's going on, or feel isolated and bored with the same daily walks, or want to challenge yourself and get creative or learn more about the environment, there's something here for you.
Connect with your neighbourhood and local nature
Stretch your legs and ease your mind
Get creative with photography and nature arts
Learn from experts and discover new routes
Our Green Shoots Programme
Growing and planting projects and nature arts.
In partnership with New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Easter Pots is a creative caring project involving 150 children attending hub school during lockdown, a knitting circle and other creative volunteers who have decorated 300 terracotta pots. The pots will be planted up and distributed to 300 isolated senior residents for Easter, with love.
A huge thank you to Bearsden Academy, Bearsden PS, Baljaffray PS, Mosshead PS and Castlehill PS and Early Years Centre for their wonderful creativity and the little messages along with the pots. We know these have been difficult times for the children too and each will receive a thank you donated by Sainsbury's for their sterling efforts!
More creative roots projects to be announced…
We’re planning treasure hunts and active challenges to get us outdoors.
A date for your diary: We’re delighted to partner again with Operation Play Outdoors to offer adventurous play sessions in the gardens of Bearsden Baptist Church on Saturday 15 May. Separate sessions for early years and for primary school ages. Booking details will be announced later in April. Follow us @BearsdenFest for details of self-guided trails coming soon!
Expert speakers on recovery out of the pandemic, for our wellbeing and environment.
Less Waste Laura on 21 April at 8pm:
Join us for a special event with Laura Young, also known as Less Waste Laura, about how we can make small changes with a big impact on the environment.
Laura is on a mission to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. She currently works for the international development charity, Tearfund, as their Scotland COP26 Advocacy and Campaigns Coordinator, and runs the social media channel for Bin Twinning, a new sustainability platform to help support recycling and waste projects around the world.
Register now on Eventbrite
An all-age photography competition celebrating our beautiful natural environment. Have you taken photos that you’re proud of this year? We will soon be launching a competition to find the best lockdown photographs, with the finalists exhibited in a public display this summer.
Keep an eye on social media for the launch!
The festival is a collaborative effort of many volunteers and organisations and we are grateful for everyone who brings ideas, time and energy to make it happen. Here are just some of the planning team members.
I'm the festival coordinator and main contact point for enquiries. Last year, finding new local walking routes and wild swimming were my escapes and I have no doubt being in nature helps my wellbeing. I hope Green Shoots helps us to come together and look forwards after a difficult year.
I have spent lockdown walking on the local paths, and even taken up golf as an alternative pastime. In normal times I’m involved with Bearsden Barista, a community cafe running out of Bearsden Baptist Church and also a social enterprise ‘Rise’. I’m married to Graham and we have three grown up sons.
I am a keen photographer with an artist background, and often my subject matter is based on nature and the environment. I’ll be helping to develop the festival photography exhibition and nature arts activities. I enjoy walking and exploring the outdoors.
I am delighted to be involved with the Festival once again because I firmly believe that creativity is for everyone and does everyone a power of good. I am missing the live Arts but enjoying and finding calm in simple activities like painting a pot or knitting for others.
The Bearsden Festival was a huge success. It was truly wonderful and I'm sure will be life changing for many people.
I found it genuinely did spark conversations around mental health and some I spoke to had never considered the importance of mental wellbeing before.