Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, kayaking or horseriding Renfrewshire residents are being urged to get outside and get active as part of the Go! Renfrewshire festival later this month.
Go! Renfrewshire is a two week festival celebrating the great outdoors of Renfrewshire. Over the course of the fortnight it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle, row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.
The festival kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event in County Square, Paisley. The launch will include music and loads of fun activities like Beat the Cycle Clock and demonstrations from Renfrewshire Leisure including Body Pump, Body Combat, Zumba, Kids Games. There will also be stands with information on local activities.
A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie.
As well as encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This is our first ever outdoor access festival and there’s going to be loads going on. A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.
“There are events for people of all abilities and taster sessions for those looking to try something new. There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.
“Renfrewshire Council is committed to giving providing everyone with a range of opportunities to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle and this festival is a great way to showcase what’s on offer in our communities.”
Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.
Charlie Woodward, Regional Park Manager said: “I’m delighted to see so many groups and organisations coming together to celebrate and make active use of all the wonderful countryside in Renfrewshire.
“The Regional Park is used by many to enjoy many different recreational activities we hope this festival will highlight how easy it can be for everyone to enjoy the outdoors on your doorstep. We know that recreation has benefits in physical and mental well-being; it gives us opportunities to see our cultural, landscape and natural heritage first hand; and it is FUN, so come and join in.”
As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, Ingliston Country Club, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club and Paisley District Scouts.
The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.