Bungo in the Back Lanes

As the name implies, Bungo in the Back Lanes is a neighbourhood festival held in the back lanes, usually on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.  For details of some of the attractions, see the BitBL map. Got a question? Have a look at our FAQs page.

Starting in 2012, we extended our insurance to include the back lanes between Marywood and Vennard and the adjoining lanes on Moray Place and Pollokshaws Road. So if you live there and have always wanted to hold something in your own garden now is your chance. If you let us know in advance, we will put it on our interactive map.

The event began in 2000 (and before that the summer Bungo knees-up took place in Queens Park) with the aim to bring the back lanes to life and put them to use. The famous facades of Strathbungo have earned the area conservation status, but the cobbled back lanes give our neighbourhood quite a different character. The rambling lanes, the original granite setts we walk on, the less than upright brick walls are familiar, friendly, sometimes disgraced by the dumping of rubbish or the foraging of an urban fox– but they’re ours!

There are almost two acres of back lanes there for us to play with or play on, two acres of performance area, music venues, playground, exhibition space and dance floor!

We hoped that by realising the great potential of this shared space we might discourage its abuse. Indeed, every Bungo in the Back Lanes has stimulated a giant clear-up with residents and the Council joining forces to remove graffiti, uplift rubbish and strim the vegetation that springs eternally between those cracked bricks and paving stones.

Bungo in the Back Lanes encourages everyone to open up their back gates, set out their stall and sell their wares – whether it’s home baking, barbecued burgers, craft goods, or junk from their attics (which becomes someone else’s treasure). Just set up your own table and get going.

The Strathbungo Society brings in some added value with live music, beer gardens, tea gardens and all the fun of the fair – tombola, bottle stall and other prize-bearing games.

Each year since 2000, Bungo in the Back Lanes has attracted more and more people, and more and more households have opened their doors and taken part. We’ve Bungoed in the Park, we Bungo at the Bells, but Bungo in the Back Lanes is the biggest and best event.

All the best people do it in the Back Lanes! What will you do this year?

  1. Louise
    May 8th, 2011 at 17:49 | #1

    Hi does it cost anything to book a table?

    • Bungo Blog
      May 9th, 2011 at 08:09 | #2

      There is no cost to setting up a table (you just have to provide your own). We ask that you pay a donation to the Strathbungo Society at the end of the event (something like 10% of takings).

  2. Kim
    May 15th, 2011 at 08:19 | #3

    how do you go about booking a table? I’m new to the area and would love to take part.

    • Bungo Blog
      May 17th, 2011 at 09:41 | #4

      There is no need to book. Just turn up with your own table and find a spot.

  3. Carole Anne Fleming
    May 16th, 2011 at 19:38 | #5

    What date is bungo in the back lanes this year ?

    • Bungo Blog
      May 17th, 2011 at 09:40 | #6

      Saturday the 18th of June, starting at 1pm. Hope to see you there.

  4. Fiona
    May 24th, 2011 at 23:01 | #7

    Where do we register as volunteers? I’m not finding any where to sign up. Help.

  5. May 25th, 2011 at 14:30 | #8

    I will be doing my cupcakes again this year beside the children’s garden!
    Would it be possible to have a table?


    • Bungo Blog
      May 27th, 2011 at 07:36 | #9

      Hi Nicola,

      I’m sorry, you have to provide your own table for Bungo in the Back Lanes. We just don’t have enough to go round. Best of luck and see you there.

  6. Brodie
    May 28th, 2011 at 18:06 | #10

    hi, i really want to sell some things at this event, i have done so many time before, but nobody really bought much..is there anything that is easy to make/get a hold of, that will sell better?


  7. Louise
    June 5th, 2011 at 14:07 | #11

    Can you confirm if you’ve been granted an alcohol licence this year after last years disappointment?

  8. Josie Smith
    June 8th, 2011 at 21:12 | #14

    My daughter and I are hoping to sell vintage/designer second hand kids clothes. Can we set up in Marywood Lane and choose our own spot?
    Looking forward to our first proper Bungo in the Back Lanes as before we moved to Strathbungo we had just been onlookers

    • Bungo Blog
      June 9th, 2011 at 08:12 | #15

      Yes, just pick a free spot in the lane. It’s easy to see where people are setting up in their own section.

  9. Ross McColm
    June 13th, 2011 at 08:45 | #16

    I am in Glasgow from Australia until lunchtime 14 June and my Great Aunty was born in Marchetown Place Strathbungo on 26 July 1884. I have a copy of her birth certificate and it mentions the Strathbungo Parish Church. Are any of these places still existing?

  10. Jen
    June 13th, 2011 at 09:53 | #17

    I’d noticed in the Bungo Newsletter that if you are selling food you need to contact the council but forgot to note the contact details – could youlet me know what these are again?

  11. Laura Moodie
    June 13th, 2011 at 20:36 | #18

    Hi Jen. The details for food safety are also on the Bungo FAQ sheet but to save you hunting them down, here they are: Phone 0845 2701558. Email: foodsafety@glasgow.gov.uk.

  12. Laura Moodie
    June 14th, 2011 at 18:53 | #19

    Any late volunteers for Bungo In The Back Lanes will be very gratefully received. We’ll be setting up gazebos, tables, chairs and A-Frames from 10am on Saturday morning. Just follow the noise in the back lanes! We’d also love a hand getting it all down again. We start packing up around 4.30pm and are usually finished by six. If in doubt, just ask anyone on the marked Society stalls or the stewards in their hi-vis vests.

  13. Laura Moodie
    June 14th, 2011 at 18:58 | #20

    @Ross McColm
    I’m guessing this might have got to you too late, Ross, but Strathbungo Parish Church is still standing and has been converted into flats by a local housing association. It’s the red sandstone church on Pollokshaws Rd between Allison St and Calder St. There’s a bus stop right outside. Marchetown Place no longer exists. It’s possible it’s an old name for March St, although many of the streets or sections of them had different names in the past. My part of Nithsdale Road used to be Matilda Place!

  14. Michael Murray
    June 16th, 2011 at 17:56 | #21


    I’m just wondering what the protocol is for non Strathbungo residents who want to take part? Is it just a case of turning up at arounf 10am and setting up? I don’t want to ‘squat’ on anyones pitch!


    • Jonathan Patrick
      June 17th, 2011 at 10:04 | #22

      Hi there, Yep, just pitch up somewhere. If you’re on someone’s turf you could simple move along a bit. There is usually space on the back lane between Regent Park Square and Nisthdale Road if you wanted a sure thing. Try to leave plenty of room for people to walk however. Last year there were stalls in the middle of lanes which created bottlenecks. Jonathan

  15. Tahir
    June 18th, 2011 at 09:27 | #23

    Hi I’m strathbungo’s resident and want to put a food stall in the back lane , what document I need for a food stall.

  16. Ross Mccolm
    November 6th, 2011 at 03:10 | #24

    @Laura Moodie

    Laura. I just happened to find this on 8 Nov. Thank you so much for your reply. We did find the church and enjoyed taking pictures and wandering around the grounds. It is wonderful the façade and arch was kept so beautifully. This has happened a lot in Australia when developers want a site with an old building with a beautiful front and it is a good compromise when the whole building cannot be kept. We loved Glasgow and found lots more of both our family history around Govan.

  17. January 30th, 2012 at 17:31 | #25

    Hi there
    Will the 2012 event be on Sat 23rd June? I’m planning a holiday in June and would hate to miss this…

    • Laura Moodie
      February 3rd, 2012 at 15:13 | #26

      Hi Romy, yes, it will be Saturday 23rd June.

  18. Sarah Pulman
    February 1st, 2012 at 12:50 | #27

    Hi Bungees I was wondering if you need any entertainment for 2012 Bungo in the Lanes? I have a belly dance group who are always looking for the chance to dance and as we are mostly fairly local I thought this would be ideal! Please let me know if I have to contact anyone in particular. Cheers Sarah

    • Laura Moodie
      February 3rd, 2012 at 15:12 | #28

      Hi Sarah, that sounds great! Sounds like you’d be best off in a garden space. Do you know anyone who has a garden in the lanes and would let you use it on the day? If not, don’t worry, just let us know and we’ll match you up to someone with a garden space who doesn’t want to set up stall!

  19. Sarah Pulman
    February 23rd, 2012 at 13:24 | #29

    @Laura Moodie
    Hi Laura I do know someone with a garden, I’ll see what I can do! If they are unable to accommodate me I will get back to you incase anyone else has space for us! Many thanks – look forward to seeing everyone there! Sarah

  20. Jim Buchan
    June 6th, 2012 at 13:28 | #30

    Do you simply turn up with your table and place it on any avalable bit of lane?

    • Laura Moodie
      June 7th, 2012 at 18:41 | #31

      Hi Jim, yes, if you don’t know someone with a back garden or bit of lane to offer you. It should be clear whether someone is setting up a pitch by noon on the day. If in doubt, just ask.

  21. June 21st, 2012 at 11:49 | #32

    Hi there, I was gonna ask about doing some holistic therapy taster sessions (reiki, indian head massage/hand massage), (im fully insured and qualified), but its the thought of having to carry my own table from a top floor in torrisdale st along with all my bags…as I would also need a couple of chairs so id have to bring them too wouldnt I? Im on my own so I wouldnt be able to carry it all at once. IF i can manage would that be ok?

    And if that is not possible, the other thing I could do is busk? I can do some busking alone, or with another player. I play violin/fiddle scottish/irish jigs and reels etc…that may be easier as id only have to carry my instrument there…and I would do it away from earshot from any other music…let me know what u think and if its ok? Thanks :)

    • Laura Moodie
      June 21st, 2012 at 18:47 | #33

      Hi Isobel, of course it’s OK. The more the merrier. I’m afraid we don’t have spare tables and chairs on the day so, yes, you’d need to bring those over with you. However, if you can manage you are welcome to set up wherever there is a space. Likewise the busking – just turn up and slot in wherever there’s a gap. Nithsdale/Regent lane, Queen/Regent and Marywood/Vennard are looking likely to have the most space on the day. Hope to see you there.

  22. Janice Black
    April 6th, 2013 at 13:25 | #34

    Hi can you tell me the date for this year,s event 2013 missed it last year as was on holiday however was their 2011 and loved it hoping it doesnt clash with my holiday this year many thanks Janice

    • Laura Moodie
      April 14th, 2013 at 19:22 | #35

      Hi, Janice. The 2013 event is on Sat 22nd June. We’ve tried to deliver a save the date flyer to every household in Strathbungo so people can forward plan.

  23. June 14th, 2013 at 09:32 | #36

    I noticed on one of the blog pages about this years event, it says
    “Happy Holistics offering massages;”.
    Can you tell me anything about them and where they’ll be located? I don’t wish to clash with whatever they are offering etc.
    I’m usually at the junction of the lanes between Queens Sq. & Marywood Sq. offering seated acupressure

  24. Laura Moodie
    June 18th, 2013 at 19:44 | #37

    @Tom Higgins
    Hi Tom, Happy Place Holistics are in the garden of 53 Queen Square, near the bottle stall and the Queen/Moray/Marywood junction.

  25. Sarah Campbell
    October 18th, 2014 at 07:44 | #38

    I think this is a fantastic idea and has inspired me to perhaps try and organise something similar in my own area (Dennistoun) where we also have a lot of underused back lanes. Could I ask if this is organised solely by volunteers or do you have any paid help. I imagine it is quite the undertaking! But I guess starting off small is the key. Would it be possible to have a chat with one of you to quiz you about how you set it up – what are the things necessary to make it a success, how big an undertaking it is? If you’d like to email me back at the given address that would be great. Currently I run a community garden and would like to expand community activities!


    • Deidre Miller
      October 18th, 2014 at 07:46 | #39

      Hi, Sarah. Bungo in the Back Lanes is indeed organised entirely by volunteers. I’m not one of the people who’s super-active in it, though… I’ll see if I can find someone who’d be able to give you the basic info.

  26. Stuart
    January 18th, 2015 at 13:22 | #40

    Hi i am a S1 Pupill at the local secondary school Shawlands Academy. In 2016 we are going on a Educational trip to South Africa. There are some people who are going on this trip who live in Strathbungo. I think running a stall in the back lanes would be a fantastic fundraising opportunity
    Could any body tell me how to apply to run a stall so i can pass it on to the South Africa committee. Thank You

  27. Lesley Turan
    March 17th, 2015 at 10:15 | #41

    Has a date been set for this year’s (2015) bungo in the back lanes? And is the time still 1 – 4pm?


  28. Dee
    March 19th, 2015 at 18:17 | #42


    Hi, Stuart. The committee is still in the early stages of planning, but for the most part, you can just show up with a table and find a place for it on the day.

  29. June 7th, 2015 at 20:32 | #43

    Hello there! I’m looking to set up a stall to sell art for the event this year. I’ve noticed that in the interactive map several lanes have an advertised seller, is this due to prior booking or just because they are a local resident of the lane? Would I have to approach someone (for example to get a space in lane 3 so I could book a stall called “Jack Art”) or just turn up on the day and fingers crossed that there would be a space available in one of the lanes?

    And would the donation of 10% of earnings be taken at the end of the event?

  30. June 7th, 2015 at 20:33 | #44


    Thanks again in advance.

  31. Bea
    May 22nd, 2016 at 12:58 | #45

    Hi there, my daughters would like to set up a stall at Bungo in the lanes, is it still ok to just turn up with a table, and pay 10% at the end of the day?Do you have to book in advance your apace? Also what is the date for this years Bungo in the Back Lanes. We live in Strathbungo

    Many thanks

  32. Bea Carroll
    May 22nd, 2016 at 13:02 | #46

    Hi there,
    My daughters would like to set up a stall this year, is it still ok to turn up with your table and donate 10% of takings at the end of the day? Is there anything in particular we need to do to book a space. Also could you confirm what date
    Bungo in the back lanes is on this year -2016?

    we live in Thorncliffe Gdns


    • philipharvey44
      May 22nd, 2016 at 20:34 | #47


      Thanks for getting in touch. Bungo in the Back Lanes is on June 18 2016. If you email the organisers bitbl@stratgbungo.co.uk they should be able to advise you about your stall.

  33. meringirl
    August 10th, 2016 at 13:50 | #48

    Hi could you please let me know who the kids magician was at this years bungo up the back lanes? Thanks