Carnival time … Glasgow’s festive funfair ‘Still Game’ after 100 years of bringing joy

By Ellen Thomson at

Glasgow’s festive indoor Carnival has opened its doors for its 100th year.

The honours in its centenary year were performed by Still Game funnyman Ford Kiernan.

The Carnival first opened at the Kelvin Hall in 1919 before moving to its current home at the SEC, Glasgow in 1986.

Ford Kiernan cutting a cake

Still Game actor, Ford Kiernan, cuts a cake to officially open the 100th IRN-BRU Carnival. Photo: Martin Shields

Over the years it has become a festive family tradition for generations of Glaswegians.

To mark the special anniversary, visitors will have 65 rides and attractions to choose from – including the Dodgems, Sticky Wall and 40m high Star Flyer.

The event will also include a Hall of Memories, special exhibition paying homage to the Carnival’s past and a tearoom.

Greg Cherry, managing director of QD Events, said: “It’s the people who have kept the magic of The Carnival alive for the last 100 years and it was important to us that this year’s event honoured the many generations who have helped make the Carnival a Glasgow landmark.

Three people with a cake

Greg Cherry (QD Event Managing Director),
Still Game’s Ford Kiernan and Margaret Cowan (IRN- BRU Show Manager). Photo: Martin Shields

“To put it into numbers, the Carnival has lived through one world war and 25 prime ministers.

“It has seen the invention of the internet, of computers and smartphones and all the while remained a firm festive tradition.

“As part of our Memorabilia Hall, we have a whole section dedicated to showcasing the real memories of those who have been attending the Carnival over the years and we’ve been blown away by the amazing connection visitors hold with it.

“We hope that the people of Glasgow will join us in celebrating our centenary year and continue making even more memories here over the next 100 years.”

Three people cut a ribbon

Right to left: Clyde 1 travel presenter Cassi G, Still Game’s Ford Kiernan and Clyde 1 George Bowie cut the ribbon to open The IRN-BRU Carnival. Photo: Martin Shields

The IRN-BRU Carnival will be taking over the SEC, Glasgow until Sunday 12 January 2020*.

Tickets are available online now at

* Closed on Christmas Day.