Return of events to SEC provides the ideal tonic (and gin)

This weekend saw the return of exhibitions to the SEC as both Scotland's Strongest Man and The Gin To My Tonic Show opened their doors to an enthusiastic public who responded in good number.

Return of events to SEC provides the ideal tonic (and gin)

Article Source: Scottish Event Campus
First Published: 15 September 2021 13:31
Updated: 15 September 2021 13:31

There was a beautiful irony in that GTMT was the last event to run at SEC (back in March 2020) before covid took hold, and they were the first ones back in the venue some 543 days later.

Angela Smith, Head of Business Development at the SEC said: “We were so excited to welcome the team back on-site particularly after such a challenging time for events. As always, they delivered a fantastic show with record sales. A great time was certainly had by all!”

The weekend of shows kicks off a series of 5 exhibitions that will run before the campus becomes dedicated to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The upcoming Can You Dance Live, Autumn Trade Fair and Crafts for Christmas are expected to attract over 15,000 visitors keen to re-engage with their beloved shows.

Dan Thurlow, Director of Exhibitions at the SEC said: “Like all, we’ve missed hosting events because we’ve missed bringing people together. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces from build up through to busy open days has been heart-warming. It’s given everyone a lift to get back to doing what we love to do.

“COP26 will be massive, on many levels, and then we’re back to a busy run of events that take us through to our own Irn Bru Carnival over Christmas and New Year.

“The campus has never been closed, we changed purpose to support the NHS which has taken a massive effort from the venue team, but we’re delighted to be back hosting events. I’d like to thank all of our customers who have been so patient, flexible and determined. And now, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Glasgow.”


Like many venues, the SEC transitioned to NHS Louisa Jordan and served as a vaccination centre up until the end of June but is now back to hosting exhibitions, conferences and live music across the three venues (SEC Centre, SEC Armadillo and The SSE Hydro).

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