Events in Milngavie’s cultural, economic, architectural and social history will be added to this timeline. We will add in further stories and events from the past as they are highlighted to us; and feature new stories to add to the history timeline. If you would like to contribute to the timeline, please get in touch with your suggested timeline listing, using the form at the bottom of this page.

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21 February 2020

Window Wanderland event

Second year of Milngavie’s Window Wanderland took place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2020 6pm-9pm. Milngavie town centre businesses and neighbouring streets decorated their windows, transforming everyday streets into magical, outdoor galleries. Window Wanderland news header after the event

8 December 2019

Mother Goose Pop Up Pantomime 

To mark the opening of our Christmas Sunday trading hours, Milngavie had two Mother Goose pantomime performances in Finsbay LOFT on Sunday 8th December 2019.  The intimate performances were a real treat for families who joined in the performances in true pantomime tradition.

Pantomime in Milngavie 2019 Mother Goose

30 November 2019

Milngavie Elf Trail Hunt

Milngavie’s free festive elf trail hunt. Find all 21 naughty elves throughout the town from Saturday 30th November until Saturday 14th December 2019 and complete the trail for a chance to win a £100 Milngavie gift card and a kids Christmas goodie bag.

Milngavie Elves at the train station

30 November 2019

Merry Milngavie Christmas event

Merry Milngavie Christmas event took place Saturday 30th November 2019, 1pm to 5pm. A free, family day out to start off the festive period. A real Cairngorm reindeer parade, Santas Grotto, live stage, street performers, Christmas workshops and more, with our switch on tree light celebrations at 5pm.

Merry Milngavie 2019

29 November 2019

Display Board Maps Installed 

As part of the Milngavie BID online and offline communications strategy, the six display boards in the precinct were re-designed with a town map featuring all businesses; and to promote the Gift Card outlets who accept the card.

Milngavie map boards

28 November 2019

130 Christmas trees delivered to Milngavie

The Milngavie BID took delivery of 130 real potted Christmas trees for our town centre annual tree decoration competition. These were hand delivered to our local businesses and took time to decorate and display the trees to brighten up the streets of Milngavie.


Christmas trees 2019 for Milngavie

25 November 2019

Third Place in Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 

Milngavie came in a close third with 15% of votes cast, with Kirkwall and Lerwick coming first and second. In the spirit of being positive, Milngavie is effectively the most beautiful High Street on Scotland’s mainland, everyone is welcome to visit us for a day out to explore for a day of walking, cycling, shopping as well as a decent food and drink.


7 November 2019

First Ever Milngavie Gift Card Winner

Our first £100 Milngavie Gift Card was awarded to Rowan for completing the Halloween Pumpkin Trail as part of our Halloween event in November 2019.

First Gift Card Winner

2 November 2019

Milngavie Halloween Event

Halloween spooktacular in Milngavie Town Centre with Milngavie Tesco took place on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Underpasses were decorated with spiders made by local schools, helping to create a spooktacular atmosphere during the parade. Led by a giant witch on stilts, a werewolf and Count Dracula, the parade started off from the Fraser Centre, after the children were entertained by Merlin’s Disco; a story from our friendly witch; and the Pumpkin Trail with hidden pumpkins around the precinct.

Halloween Milngavie 2019

28 October 2019

Launch of Milngavie Gift Card 

Over 50 Milngavie businesses accept the new Milngavie Gift Card and four local retailers (Besotted, Avec Panache, Reids of Milngavie and Elba Artisan Gallery) sell the gift card. The card is an ideal gift for all occasions and ensures that your money is spent in Milngavie, keeping trade local. It is a pre-paid MasterCard that is used like any other cards, and is administered by the Milngavie BID team.

Milngavie Gift Card

16 September 2019

Gold for Milngavie In Bloom

Milngavie in Bloom was recognised with a gold medal by Keep Scotland Beautiful for the work all the volunteers put in to showcase the town; and the Visit Scotland Award for Tourism at the Beautiful Scotland awards. The Milngavie BID have provided ongoing financial support to cover the costs of purchasing the plants and compost to maintain the planters in the precinct.

Gold Award for Milngavie in Bloom

2 May 2019

New Street Banner designs installed

In line with our digital marketing strategy, new banner designs went on display in Milngavie town centre to promote shopping local, community spirit and events. Various designs with a consistent marketing message were located at key locations.

shop, eat, drink local in Milngavie

27 April 2019

Healthy Habits event

Milngavie hosted its first Healthy Habits event on Saturday 27th April 2019 from 12pm-4pm. Featuring fantastic BMX Clan Stunt shows throughout the day. The event included smoothie making bikes; a bungee run; bouncy castle & slide; an assault course; sumo suits (kids & adults); a climbing wall; pillow warz and a variety of local stall holders.

25 April 2019

Milngavie BID Renewed to 2024

Following a renewal ballot that took place in March and April 2019 – and the first five years as an operational Business Improvement District (BID) – traders in Milngavie have made the decision to build on their success. Of traders in the town centre eligible to vote, 52 voted in favour of continuing for another five years and 33 voted against (turnout of 65.91%). Full details.

Milngavie Votes Yes for a Renewal BID to 2024

20 March 2019

Top Up Tap installed in Milngavie

The 20th March 2019 was the official launch of Scottish Water Top Up Tap at the start of the West Highland Way in Milngavie. This is a free refill station on Douglas Street, a brilliant way to stay hydrated for free whilst doing your bit for the environment.

Scottish Water tap in Milngavie

14 March 2019 secured by Milngavie

for the mutual benefit of all businesses and the local community to promote Milngavie and provide a hyper-local communication platform.


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