The Tin Forest

The Tin Forest bandstand

Stand Up! The Tin Forest Govan

The rain didn’t stop the people of Govan coming together at Elder Park on Saturday 7 June for Stand Up! (The Tin Forest Govan). In 1885, Isabella Elder gifted the park and its iron bandstand to the people of Govan for their use and enjoyment, on the condition that ‘good’ musicians played upon it twice […]

Govan Fair parade

We come from Govan: Raising the Bandstand

The Tin Forest Govan started on a balmy Friday evening, with the Govan Fair procession. The Govan Fair is the oldest such event in Glasgow, dating back to 1756 when it was established by the Govan Weavers’ Society. Since then, the first Friday in June has always been Govan Fair Day, and an annual parade […]


The Tin Forest Govan IS going ahead

Despite the rain, The Tin Forest Govan WILL be going ahead under the bandstand at Elder Park in Govan at 6pm on Saturday evening. Even though it’s raining there will be an abridged performance featuring music, speeches and movement. Hope to see you there! Come on Govan!  

brick wall and pipe

The thing for me about Govan…

Robert Fullerton grew up in Govan. You can listen to his beautifully crafted portrait of his hometown in a speech he has prepared for The Tin Forest Govan. Robert talks about playing football in Pirie Park, getting a lift to school in a milk float, welding in the shipyards and the thing that makes Govan […]


The Tin Forest Govan: Sat 7 June

The weekend is almost here and that means it’s time for The Tin Forest Govan! Once the beating musical heart of Govan, the Elder Park Bandstand will be temporarily reinstated on Govan Fair Weekend for the crowning of the Govan Fair Queen and a family-friendly evening of live music, theatre, acrobatics and speechifying. Join us […]

The Blether Cafe

A Right Good Blether

As we build The Tin Forest across Glasgow, just as the old man in the story filled his forest with the sounds of buzzing insects and singing birds, we wanted to fill our Tin Forest with the sounds of Glaswegians. And what better way to do that than with a good old-fashioned blether? Over the […]

Rag and Bone Man

Introducing the Rag and Bone Man

“Rag and Bone”….”Rag and Bone” came the cry across the playground at Our Lady of the Peace Primary School in Glasgow’s East End. Over the past weeks, the children of primary four and five had been industriously preparing their memories, hopes, promises and their close to forgotten objects, to give to Rag and Bone Man. […]

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