5 must see Glasgow 2018 events for…Families

The Moment is here - tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships are now on sale. This is your chance to witness the top athletes from six different sports battle it out for the crown of European Champion at world-class venues throughout Scotland.

Need help deciding what sports and disciplines to go to? We’ve picked out FIVE must-see events for families or groups to go and see at Glasgow 2018. These events won’t cost the world and will give the kids – and the grown-ups – a day out to remember.


1. Cycling – BMX - Qualifiers

Date   |   Fri 10 August – Starting at 11.45am

Venue |   Knightswood Park, Glasgow

Price   |   Adult - £15 (plus fees), Concessions - £7.50 (plus fees)

Watch Europe’s most exciting BMX talent take their bow at this new state of the art arena in the west of Glasgow. The Qualifying day will see the riders do battle for a place in the finals with ‘last chance’ races for both male and female cyclists providing added adrenaline.

The new Olympic-standard BMX arena in Knightswood will offer competitors a challenging layout with plenty of twists, turns, jumps and opportunities for overtaking manoeuvres.  As is standard during BMX events, fans should expect a party atmosphere to help keep them entertained between races.

At just £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions (plus fees) this is a fantastic opportunity for the family to witness one of cycling’s newest and most exciting disciplines.

Buy tickets to the European BMX Championships Qualifier at Knightswood Park


2. Aquatics - Diving – Women’s 3m Springboard Preliminary

Date   |   Fri 10 August – From 9.15am

Venue |   Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

Price   |   Adult - £15 (plus fees), Concessions - £7.50 (plus fees)

Take the family to see one of Glasgow 2018’s most breath taking events and experience Scotland’s capital city in full festival-mode on the same day.

Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool will host the European Diving Championships at Glasgow 2018 and this iconic venue – nestled below Arthur’s Seat – promises to provide some of the Championship’s most exhilarating moments.

The women’s 3m springboard preliminary will see Europe’s leading female divers attempt to qualify for the finals. Local lass Grace Reid walked away from the 2016 European Aquatics Championships with a bronze in the 3m springboard and will be hoping to go one step further in front of what is sure to be a noisy home crowd. Fellow Brit Rebecca Gallantree is another potential medal prospect.

Want to make a day out of it? Once the sporting action is finished take a short walk into the centre of town and explore the Edinburgh Festival. Or return for the Men’s 3m Synchro and Women’s 1m Springboard finals later in the day (1.15pm start, tickets for finals cost £20 for adults & £10 for concessions, plus fees).

Buy tickets to Women’s 3m Springboard preliminary session at the Royal Commonwealth Pool


3. Cycling – Road Race – Men's Final

Date   |   Sun 5 August – Start Time 09:45, Finish Time 16:00

Venue |   Start & Finish on Glasgow Green

Price   |   Free

Glasgow will burst into life during the opening weekend of the European Championships and what better way to get the family involved than taking them to watch the European Cycling Road Championships at Glasgow Green. The first Sunday of Glasgow 2018 will see the men’s road race start and finish at Glasgow Green and fans can head along to the park to cheer on their favourite riders for free.

Slovakian star Peter Sagan clinched gold at this event during the 2016 Championships and could find himself up against a highly-competitive field in Scotland with Great Britain's riders likely to be galvanised by a passionate home crowd.

There will be plenty to keep kids occupied away from the sporting action too as Glasgow Green gets into celebration mood, just as it did for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


4. Gymnastics – Women's Qualifiers

Date   |   Thu 2 August – from 9.45am

Venue |   The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Price   |   Adult - From £15 (plus fees), Concessions - From £7.50 (plus fees)

Looking for something affordable and exciting to do with the kids as the summer holidays draw to a close? There's Gymnastics action running right through the European Championships with men's, women's and junior events all taking place at the magnificant SSE Hydro.

The very first day of action at Glasgow 2018 - Thursday 2 August - will see the women's qualifiers take place and with tickets starting at just £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions (plus fees) this is a fantastic opportunity to see Europe's best female gymnasts for a great price. The atmosphere promises to be electric as the athletes attempt to qualify for the Senior Women's Team Final and Individual Apparatus Finals, with plenty of music and entertainment to keep excitement levels up throughout the day.

Great Britain's Ellie Downie made history during the same stage at this year's European Gymnastics Championships by becoming the first ever British gymnast to reach all finals at a major international event (she went on to win a total of four medals including a gold in the All-around). Ellie will be hoping to continue her winning streak in front of a home crowd at Glasgow 2018 and she could be joined by the likes of sister Becky Downie and Claudia Fragapane, who have both won medals at the SSE Hydro previously.

Buy tickets to the Women’s Gymnastics qualifying events at The SSE Hydro


5. Swimming – Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Final

Date   |   Mon 6 August – from 4.45pm

Venue |   Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow

Price   |   Adult - From £20 (plus fees), Concessions - From £10 (plus fees) *ticket also includes Women’s 200m Butterfly Final, Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final plus more

The Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Final offers fans the chance to see the best male and female swimmers in Europe competing in the same pool. Each swimmer must perform a different stroke and the event shines a light on the strong and diverse range of talents of the competing nations.

Great Britain have won this event during the last two European Aquatics Championships and will be hoping to clinch three-in-a-row in front of a home crowd at Tollcross. Last year’s winning GB team finished in 3.44 minutes and featured Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Francesca Halsall.

Whoever takes home the gold at Glasgow 2018, this event promises to be one of the most exciting and atmospheric events of the Championships. Don’t miss out!

Buy tickets to the Monday evening Swimming session at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, featuring the mixed 4x100m medley final

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