Shakespearean Delights at Bard in the Botanics

Shakespearean Delights at Bard in the Botanics

Picture this: it’s a balmy summer’s evening, you’re surrounded on all sides by lush fauna from around the world, the sun is fading behind the clouds and you’re reaching out in anticipation of a sip of ice-cold beer or velvety-smooth wine. The stage is set, the lights flicker on… out comes a talented troupe of actors, ready to perform the most dramatic of tales to amuse, enchant and entertain you. Ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome to Bard in the Botanics.

We are happy that our residence – the Ambassador Hotel – is right next door to Glasgow’s Botanic Garden, but we particularly love it when the annual Bard in the Botanics arrives in town. This outdoor theatrical treat is Scotland’s favourite Shakespeare festival and welcomes visitors to experience old William’s yarns in one of the city’s most wonderful settings. This summer, it was Star-Cross’d Lovers Season, with Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Edward II taking their turn on the bill. It runs from 20th June until 28th July and we’d advise checking in advance for playing dates and times to make sure you don’t miss your favourite piece.

The performances start between 7:45pm and 8pm, leaving you plenty of time to grab a bite to eat prior. Try Cail Bruich for modern Scottish classics like Wye Valley Asparagus, Torched Sea Bream and St Brides Chicken. Keep it uber casual with posh fish and chips at Old Salty’s on Byres Road – their take on a traditional Scot’s chip shop is a fine representation of every day food in the country (although with the fat and salt content maybe it shouldn’t be quite an “every day” treat!). Finally, you could meet in the middle with classic Italian dishes in La Vita Spuntina’s relaxed atmosphere– also just a few minutes’ walk away.

After you’ve been wowed by the theatrical prowess of the actors on the night, we’re sure you’ll need a little night cap to go over the evening’s events and unwind. Luckily, you’re just steps away from the Oran Mor, a Glasgow institution and one of the best places to get a wee dram. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a glimpse of the actors “off-duty”, what with the Oran Mor being one of the city’s most popular hang outs for creative types!

After all that excitement, it’s time to head to your home for the night – the Ambassador Hotel, where else? Talk a stroll past the River Kelvin on the way back to your room and enjoy the view as moonlight mottles the water’s edge. Okay, we’ll leave the poetic writing to the experts; as usual, check out our regular blog for deal updates and discount codes and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

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