STFC Introductory Astronomy Summer School

STFC Summer School

Social Programme

There are a number social events planned for the Summer School.

On Sunday 28th August from 7.30pm - 9.30pm there will be a opening reception which all participants are welcome to attend. The venue for this reception is upstairs at the Curlers Rest bar on Byres Road, very close to the main University campus and a short walk from your accommodation in Cairncross House.

A map showing the recommended routes from Cairncross House to the Kelvin Building can be found here, on the webpages of the Advanced Solar Physics Summer School which is taking place in Glasgow at the same time as the Introductory Astronomy Summer School. Zoom in on the map to find Curlers Rest. We will also have some local astronomers at Cairncross House around 7pm on Sunday 28th to help guide participants from there to the welcome reception.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st August there will be an optional excursion to Loch Lomond. Participants will be invited to sign up for this trip upon arrival on Monday 29th August. A packed lunch will be provided on the Wednesday before we leave the Kelvin Building. We will travel to Loch Lomond by train, from Partick station, arriving at Balloch - close to the Loch Lomond Shores shopping and leisure complex.

We have reservations on the 3.30pm cruise (lasting approx. 1 hour) around the loch, returning to Balloch at 4.30pm. For further details see the Sweeney's Cruises website. (Note that the cost of train travel and the loch cruise will be met by the summer school organisers). Participants will then be free to return to Partick by train at their leisure. Information on places to eat in the Balloch and Loch Lomond area, should participants wish to stay there for dinner, can be found here.

On Thursday 1st September the Summer School dinner will take place from 7pm at Mother India, an excellent Indian restaurant very close to your accommodation. Participants will be invited to sign up for the dinner on the morning of Monday 29th August. The menu for the Summer School dinner can be found here.

On other evenings of the Summer School, and for those who are staying in Glasgow until Saturday 3rd September, there are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the west end of Glasgow - the area around the University. See the Local Information tab for further information and lookout during the school for news of other social events - or why not consider organising your own?

Some useful links about social activities in and around the University can also be found on the webpages of the Advanced Summer School in Solar Physics, taking place in Glasgow at the same time.