11 immersive events to experience in Glasgow this summer

Immersive and interactive events are on the rise, allowing audiences to get closer to their entertainment than ever before

From the latest 3D blockbuster in D-box shaky cinema seats, to theatre shows where audience members are dressed as a character, companies are trying hard to attract new audiences.

Tricia Crosbie from the Audience Adventures blog previews 11 immersive and interactive events worth experiencing across Glasgow in the coming months.

A Beautiful Planet, Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre (currently showing)

Screening in 3D and on Scotland’s largest cinema screen, A Beautiful Planet offers a breathtaking and immersive portrait of Earth from space. Made in cooperation with NASA, the film features stunning footage captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station and is narrated by actress, Jennifer Lawrence.

Jazz Walking Tours, Merchant City (various dates)

Glasgow Music City Tours have created a special jazz tour to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Beginning at the Scottish Music Centre with live music, the tour takes in locations across the Merchant City, with stories revealing the inside track on artists, venues and Glasgow’s longest running arts festival.

Bard in the Botanics, Botanic Gardens (June 23 – July 30)

Scotland’s premier Shakespeare company bring their imaginative productions to the beautiful outdoor setting of the Botanic Gardens. Prepare to follow the actors in promenade theatre style for this season’s productions of Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, Macbeth and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus (marking the first time the company has departed from the Shakespearean canon). Keep an eye on the company’s handy weather watch.

Can you beat the border guards?, West End Festival, Hillhead Library (June 23)

The UK Border Agency analyses immigrants’ speech to verify that they come from where they say they do. A similar process that was used three thousand years ago, albeit with the deadlier consequences of being slaughtered on the spot if you couldn’t pronounce certain words. Find out if you could bamboozle and con border guards in this participatory game led by a local linguist.

Wee Green Cinema, Pollokshields Playhouse (July 2-3)

The Wee Green Cinema is a UK first, with audiences and crew pedalling to power it, as it screens an exclusive programme of the best new international short films about the planet. The 40-seater will be visiting Glasgow’s southside for one weekend only for a Southside Film Festival special event to celebrate all things green – local and global.

Xtreme Gaming at Resonate Gaming Festival, SECC (July 29-31)

Scotland’s first ever festival of gaming has been designed for all gaming enthusiasts, whether diehard or casual. The Xtreme Gaming stand will host one-of-a-kind experiences, giving ticket holders the chance to take on a range of challenges.

SURGE Festival, Merchant City Festival (July 30 & 31)


SURGE is Scotland’s annual festival of street arts, physical theatre and circus. Cutting edge Scottish and international performers fill the streets and spaces of the city during one weekend of the Merchant City Festival, with shows and street encounters that are outlandish and wildly unique. Programme to be announced soon.

SURGE brings showgirls, slapstick and stunts to the streets of Glasgow

Rocky Horror Show, The Kings Theatre (August 8-13)

The original interactive theatre show returns to the King’s this summer, continuing its 40 year plus successful stage run. Audience members dress as their favourite characters, dance along to The Time Warp and shout lines back at the cast. Unlike most stage shows, general rowdy and raunchy behaviour from the audience is encouraged. Look out your fishnets!

4DX at Cineworld, Cineworld Renfrew Street (estimated date of completion – August)

Currently undergoing major renovations, rumour has it that the Cineworld on Renfrew Street is going to reopen with state-of-the-art 4DX technology. This would include high-tech motion seats with special effects simulating wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents, in both 2D and 3D formats.

Escape Glasgow (year round)

The ‘escape the room’ format that has proven so popular with hen and stag dos, as well as for corporate team building, has set up a permanent base in Glasgow. Participants (2-5 people) are locked in a mysterious room and have 60 minutes to work out how to escape. There are two games to choose from: Classic – where code breaking, observational skill and mental dexterity are put to the test; and Contagion, where participants take on the role of scientists working against the clock and against infection to create a vaccine for a fatal global virus.

Escape the Past (year round)

Based in the city’s historic Pollok House, Escape the Past is believed to be the first live escape game to be set in a UK visitor heritage site. Participants have just 60 minutes to look for clues, solve a series of puzzles and complete challenges in order to thwart a butler’s devious plans.

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