Arlington @150 – Arlington Baths Club Celebrating 150 Years

Friday 30 July – Sunday, 1 August, 2021

(Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic events at the baths are subject to change.)

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, the Arlington is bringing together a program of events that reflect the life and history of the Baths over its incredible first century and a half.

If you have an idea for an event or wish to help volunteer members please get in touch by  email


Pond-side Performance

August 1st 2021

From: 19:30 until 20:30

Live music from Julian Tovey, Linda Orminston and Robert E Melling.

Celebrating the City

August 1st 2021

From: 18:30 until 19:30

The Doors Open Day festival has allowed us all to peek into some of the city’s finest buildings, come hear about its development.

The Burnets & the Baths

August 1st 2021

From: 17:00 until 18:00

Find out more about the Burnets, the architectural family who left their mark on the city.

Arlington Echoes: Voices from the past

August 1st 2021

From: 15:00 until 16:00

Vintage recordings on shellac performed or composed by former Arlington members.

Memories Cafe

August 1st 2021

From: 11:00 until 14:00

Join fellow Baths’ members for a chat and a wander down memory lane – or lanes!

Film Screenings

August 1st 2021

From: 11:00 until 15:00

Come and watch ‘Finding Nemo’ for our junior members. In the afternoon a programme of archive films detailing changes to Glasgow.

Victorian Style Leisure and Pleasure

July 31st 2021

From: 18:30 until 19:30

What did Glaswegians like our founders and early members do for fun?

The Arlington, Alhambra & Owen Jones

July 31st 2021

From: 17:00 until 18:00

Learn about the Arlington Baths, the Alhambra and Owen Jones in this talk on Islamic architecture and design in the 19th century.

Swimmers in the city: 150 years of the Baths

July 31st 2021

From: 16:00 until 17:00

Follow the Arlington story from its origins as pioneers of swimming and inspiration for other clubs.

Mindful Art Workshop

July 31st 2021

From: 14:00 until 16:00

Dip your toes into mindful mark making with Marion Gardyne in the inspiring environment of Europe’s oldest baths club.

Arlington Street Mini Gala

July 31st 2021

From: 12:00 until 14:00

Mark the 150th anniversary of the Arlington with an afternoon of street entertainment outside the club.

Waterpolo Exhibition Match

July 31st 2021

From: 11:00 until 12:00

Aquatic football is coming home!

Mandela, Glasgow and the Arlington

July 30th 2021

From: 18:00 until 19:15

Join Brian Filling, Honorary Consul for South Africa and Chair of the Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation & Bernard Ponsonby.

Building Tours

July 30th 2021

From: 10:00 until 14:00

A tour of the oldest Victorian swimming club in Europe.

Children’s Art Exhibition

July 30th 2021

From: 09:00 until 16:00

Come along to see young members’ masterpieces!

See the full 150 Arlington Celebrations programme (PDF)

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