More than 150 third year pupils in Renfrewshire got to grips with traditional building skills at a career-building event held outside Paisley Town Hall.
Building on Paisley’s historic environment, the event hopes to encourage more young people to get into traditional building crafts as part of the budding construction industry in the area.
Renfrewshire Council, Morrison Construction and West College Scotland jointly hosted the event, which included talks on college courses, foundation and modern apprenticeships, and the wider opportunities in the constructions field, including graduate apprenticeships and trainee schemes.
Young people took part in taster sessions for traditional skills like wood turning, painting, slating and leadwork, as well as seeing for themselves how some of these skills are being used in the refurbishment of Paisley Town Hall.
Morrison Construction are delivering the town hall transformation and, as part of the contract are delivering a series of community benefits to the local community including recruiting local people and providing work experience, training and skills development opportunities.
It also builds upon the council’s work on the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the wider heritage and culture of Paisley.
Convener for education at Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Emma Rodden, said: “Renfrewshire is steeped in heritage culture and has many buildings of great historic and architectural interest. These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for our young people to get a taste of the traditional crafts used to build them in times gone by.
“Construction and manufacturing are rapidly expanding industries in Renfrewshire, and we hope that these sessions will encourage young people to consider entering these fields as a career when leaving school”
David Ewing, managing director for Morrison Construction (Central), said: “We are delighted to be working in Partnership with Renfrewshire Council and West College Scotland to organise the traditional building skills event. We hope that by using the Paisley Town Hall site as a learning tool at this event, we can encourage pupils in Renfrewshire to consider a career in construction and highlight the opportunities within Morrison Construction, our supply chain and the wider industry.”
Paisley’s popular Sma’ Shot Day celebrations are set to return with a day-long programme of spectacular entertainment in the town centre.
The event, which is one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals, will take place on Saturday 2 July and will see the return of the traditional parade and Burning of the Cork, live performances, workshops, family entertainment and much more.
The Sma’ Shot parade will leave from Brodie Park at 12 noon, led by sound of the Charleston Drum, before making its way through Paisley town centre and finishing at Abbey Close.
This year’s parade is being co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with a number of local community groups, performers and musicians and will tell exciting, undiscovered stories of weavers’ pasts as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.
Once it arrives at the main event site around Abbey Close and Bridge Street, the parade will be followed by a performance from local dance group right2dance and the Burning of the Cork – a highlight of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations.
Tony Lawler, the Charleston Drummer, said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Sma’ Shot Day celebrations and I’m so chuffed that we’re back with a live event this year.
“I always look forward to leading the parade as I love seeing all the people lining the streets and cheering and I love seeing the kids’ smiling faces.
“It’s a fun day out and it’s important that we remember the victory of the local weavers. It’s our culture, it’s our heritage, it’s our history – and Sma’ Shot Day celebrates that.”
The event will also feature performances on the main stage from PACE Youth Theatre, who will re-enact the struggles of the Paisley weavers in their efforts for payment of the Sma’ Shot, the Starlight Music Theatre adult rock choir and swing band, and The Well Happy Band.
Abbey Gardens will host a ‘Doon the Watter’ seaside experience with deck chairs and a beach for families to enjoy alongside Circus skills with Paisley Community Circus and bubble making and carnival fun from Big Top Circus.
All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre will also dazzle visitors with their aerial acrobatics and performances. They will provide exciting ‘Watch, Fly, Come and Try’ bookable workshops for ages 7+ and adults to try their hand at trapeze and other activities, led by professional aerialists.
In addition to events at Abbey Close and Bridge Street, there will be an all-day programme of live music at The Bungalow venue – including a kid’s ceilidh in the afternoon and the popular Poetry Slam in the evening – and buskers performing in Shuttle Street throughout the day.
The historic Sma’ Shot Cottages will also be open for tours, where visitors can take a trip back in time to two distinctive periods of Paisley’s rich textile history and see what life was like as a weaver in the town in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A contemporary Sma’ Shot Makers’ Market at The Art Department creative space in The Paisley Centre will showcase a variety of innovative local designers and makers, featuring clothing, jewellery, accessories, interior design, gifts and souvenirs.
Plus, there’s an afternoon of dancing and timeless tunes to enjoy at the Tea Dance at the Methodist Central Hall.
Sma’ Shot Day is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s major events programme which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
This year’s Sma’ Shot Day celebration is part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 Partner Events Programme.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always a popular date in Renfrewshire’s events calendar as we celebrate our town’s important and rich history.
“The fabulous parade winding its way through the town and the spectacular Burning of the Cork are sights not to be missed during this fantastic full-day programme.
“This year’s event will offer a host of activities and performances for kids and grown-ups to enjoy, combining all the traditional elements of the event with new experiences showcasing Paisley’s creativity and heritage.
“It’s great to see our much-loved events programme back and I can’t think of a better day than Sma’ Shot Day to bring the community together. I’d encourage everyone to come along and join the fun.”
To find out more about this year’s Sma’ Shot Day celebrations and how to book places at event workshops, visit: https://paisley.is/featured_event/sma-shot-day/
There’s so much to enjoy at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, brilliant local producers, and great live music across the two-day event.
The Festival, which takes place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April, will see around 30 street food traders, licensed bars, music and entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey.
Organisers are teaming up with Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) once again this year to host a dedicated Beer Tent as part of the Festival grounds.
The marquee will be located at Bridge Street in the town centre and will have around 48 cask conditioned ales and craft beers available, including vegan and gluten free options.
Stephen Murphy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “We’re really happy to be coming back to Paisley Food and Drink Festival. We’ve got some really exciting beers from all over the UK, including six brand new beers from Northern Ireland which have never been featured in Paisley. The Champion Beer of Scotland will also be presenting on the Friday night. So, we encourage everyone to come along to the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and try something new.”
As well as the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, Paisley venue The Keg will also have a special Stage & Bar at the Festival, featuring a bumper programme of live music across Friday and Saturday.
Talented local musicians will take to the stage throughout Friday evening, while Saturday’s line-up is packed with great bands, cover acts and solo performers, including singing sensation Tom Urie and his Piano Jukebox – a popular favourite at previous festivals.
Trevor Mills of The Keg said: “This year, we have a fantastic line up to showcase what The Keg is all about – and even though we are primarily a rock bar, we really do have something for all tastes over the weekend.
“To have original acts like MrdB and AMA Jane before they go on tour is a real treat. We have great bands like Canyon and Paisley favourites Proposal, as well as Warren Capaldi and our Green Day tribute act headliner, which we feel is a perfect way to give a taste of what we are all about to those who may not have stopped by The Keg before.
“It’s been a real privilege to be able to showcase the wide variety of talent we have on our doorstep and the support from everyone to make it happen has been incredible.
“Tom Urie, who has been a long-time supporter of us, will be a hit on Saturday afternoon with his Piano Jukebox. It’s sure to put huge smiles on faces – something we can’t wait to see again now events like this are returning.”
There’s also plenty to suit all ages and tastes at the Festival live stage with music and entertainment across both Friday and Saturday.
The opening night’s music is programmed by The Rum Shack, with their resident DJs and festival favourites Samson Sounds on hand to soundtrack your Friday food and drink experience.
Then, on Saturday, Paisley’s famous The Bungalow venue will bring a top line-up to the live stage, featuring local music groups, a ceilidh, big band numbers, rock and pop covers and much more.
A host of Renfrewshire-based businesses will also showcase their wares at the Festival, including Brew, Café Fairfull, Chocoworks, Funky Fudge, Gatehouse Coffee Roasters, Legends of the Dark Gods, Paisley Drinks Co, Porelli Loop and Scoop, Rainbow Turtle, The Rollin Pig and students from West College Scotland.
Cindy McKendrick of Café Fairfull said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and we’ll be bringing lots of tasty treats for visitors to enjoy. We’re making everything fresh from our bakery here in the heart of Paisley.
“We will have our famous strawberry tarts, a popular selection of cakes and treats, warm brownies and delicious milkshakes on offer. We can’t wait to see everyone there!”
Plus, there’s still time to sign up for fantastic hands-on food and craft workshops for children and families, including chocolate making and painting terracotta pots.
Paisley Food and Drink Festival takes place from 4pm – 10pm on Friday 29 and 12pm – 9pm on Saturday 30 April 2022.
Find out more about the event here: https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/
Paisley’s popular Food and Drink Festival is returning in-person for 2022 with a two-day feast of fun this April.
Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and the extravaganza will take place at Abbey Close and Bridge Street in Paisley town centre on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.
This year’s line-up will showcase the finest street food on offer with more than 30 traders and vendors, licensed bars and a packed programme of live music, entertainment, and foodie-fun for people of all ages.
Organisers are once again working with Glasgow independent street food market Platform, who will bring a host of Scotland’s best street food traders, an Innes and Gunn craft beer bar and cutting-edge cocktails utilising some of Scotland’s finest craft spirits.
Platform traders coming to the Festival include, Kochchi Sri Lankan Street Food, Freddy & Hicks, Hector & Harriet artisan food, coffee & cocktails, Moskito Spanish Bites, NomNam, Shawarmarama, Snarling Hog, Stag Bites the Hog and The Peruvian – British Street Food Award Winner 2020.
Kathryn McCormick, General Manager at Platform, said: “We are delighted to bring Platform on Tour back to Paisley Food and Drink Festival for our first outdoor venture since 2019. It’s always a brilliant event to be a part of and we hope everyone enjoys sampling the amazing food our Platform traders have to offer and visit our very own bar. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!”
There’s something to suit all tastes at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2022, including a range of delicious gluten-free, halal, vegetarian and vegan options.
A host of Festival favourites will be returning, including Brigston & Co. artisan hot dogs, Scozzese woodfired pizza, Porelli Loop and Scoop, the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and the popular Rum Shack.
Event organisers are teaming up with Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to host a dedicated Beer Tent at the town’s Bridge Street, with a wide range of craft conditioned ales and craft beers available.
The Festival will also see a live music and entertainment stage programmed by the Rum Shack on Friday evening and Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue on Saturday.
Plus, there’s lots of entertainment for the kids on Saturday with the chance to enjoy some hands-on food workshops and fun games.
Visitors will be able to purchase some great produce from local trader stalls, including the Paisley Drinks Company, Gatehouse Coffee Roasters and Café Fairfull.
Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome everyone along to Paisley Food and Drink Festival next month and it’s brilliant to be back in-person after a three-year wait.
“Paisley Food and Drink Festival is Renfrewshire Council’s first major event of 2022, hot on the heels of About Us, which saw almost 50,000 visitors celebrate the start of Unboxed celebrations across the UK.
“The Festival is one of the largest food and drink events in Scotland, with people travelling from all over to enjoy everything that the event and Paisley has to offer.
“We’re also delighted that 2022 marks the return of Paisley Beer Festival and Renfrewshire CAMRA into the main festival tent once again. It’s also great to welcome back Platform and their mouth-watering range of street food alongside so many fantastic local traders and new faces to the Festival.
“Food and drink connoisseurs can be sure that Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be a delicious, safe and fun extravaganza for all.”
To find out more about the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2022 and more fantastic events taking place in the area, visit www.paisley.is.
Have you been to the display at Paisley Abbey yet? No… Well you have loads of time it is on every night with the last night being Sunday. Displays start at 7pm and last for 25 minutes the next being 7.30pm 8pm and 8.30pm it is a must-see.
Wheelchair accessible and its not too busy so you can take the kids along exploring 13.8 billion years of history through the infinite ways in which humans are connected to the cosmos, nature, and one another. Click here for more info.
We went along on Monday night to the utterly amazing installation for the very impressive projection onto Paisley Abbey for the UK’s Unboxed creative arts display. Please see the video below and feel free to share far and wide, on Facebook it was viewed 20,000 times in the first two hours of appearing.
Photographs of Paisley Abbey on Tuesday 1st March
Photographs courtesy of Paul McCluskey for www.paisley.org.uk
Renfrewshire’s major events are back with a spectacular live programme set to take place across 2022.
Organised by Renfrewshire Council, the bumper calendar will see the Paisley Food and Drink Festival return in-person for the first time since 2019, alongside area highlights The Spree, Paisley Halloween Festival and many more.
Events in the area begin as Paisley plays host to About Us – the opening event of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK programme of major celebrations across the UK – from Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 March, with a public preview on Monday 28 February.
The town is the first location on a five-stop UK tour for About Us – and the free, outdoor spectacle will transform Paisley Abbey for a stunning visual and sound experience, taking attendees on a thrilling ride through 13.8 billion years of life, the universe and everything in it.
The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to Abbey Close and Bridge Street, with a tantalising offer of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music, workshops and more on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.
Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will also see a live programme for the first time since 2019, as the event commemorating the historic victory of local weavers takes place on Saturday 2 July.
Summer will also see a new Renfrew Pipe Bands competition take over Robertson Park on Saturday 23 July.
The Spree, Paisley’s annual music and arts festival, is on the move from its traditional October slot in 2022 as the iconic Spiegeltent comes to town from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September, promising a top line-up for gig-goers. The 10-day programme will also be accompanied by the Spree for All fringe festival of events across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages.
The Wee Spree programme will take place from Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 October, providing fun activities and shows for children and families during the school holidays.
The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and this year’s spectacular trail format will be staged from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October.
A programme of festive town centre activity will take place across Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages to bring in the season.
Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting a full year of live events for 2022 and to welcome back local supporters and visitors to what, for so many, are must-see dates in the diary.
“Renfrewshire has firmly established itself as a key destination on Scotland’s events map, which is a testament to the high quality and wide appeal of our annual programme.
“We have developed new formats for some of our most popular events, ensuring visitors continue to feel safe and confident to return to live events and we maximise the benefits for local businesses too.
“People travel from all over to take part in our spectacular events and we can’t wait for everyone to come and enjoy what we have in store for 2022. It is going to be fantastic.”
Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “With both Paisley First plans for the year ahead and the confirmation of the council’s events calendar, it’s great to be able to look forward to a full year of town centre events in Paisley once again in 2022.
“Our businesses will benefit from the town’s major events taking place over longer periods and being spread across multiple dates, particularly with the large levels of footfall these extended timescales will bring.
“Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting these events and local traders we are supporting each other.
“We look forward to working together with Renfrewshire Council on town centre events and activity throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.”
For more information about upcoming events in Renfrewshire, visit www.paisley.is.
Paisley celebrated the return of its award-winning Halloween celebrations as thousands of visitors enjoyed a spectacular Out of this World experience.
Over 17,000 people flocked to the town for the free, immersive trail of intergalactic installations and light displays around some of Paisley’s most famous buildings, with the extravaganza taking place across five nights from Thursday 28 October – Monday 1 November.
Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World also formed part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 celebrations, with the area beside the town’s White Cart River becoming a centrepiece attraction for locals and visitors.
An eye-catching sight on the family-friendly trail was the striking alien invasion of Paisley Town Hall, with an enormous Creature from the Cart bursting out from the front of the iconic structure.
Visitors were left dazzled by the ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ sculptures at the heart of the trail, with many taking the time to capture selfies and photos at the mysterious and enchanting light displays. Meanwhile, ‘Orionids’ echoed the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower across the White Cart River, creating a stunning, luminous effect on the water.
Young people’s hopes and dreams for the future of the planet were showcased on the spectacular Earthship1 installation, with many event goers taking the time to marvel at the spacecraft’s beautiful lighting, music and special cargo of hopeful messages and artworks created by youth and community groups across Renfrewshire.
Cheryl Fraser from Linwood said: “As soon as we pulled up in the car, the kids were saying ‘wow, this is amazing’ because we could see the big tentacles at the Town Hall. We’ve really enjoyed it all, took so many pictures and the kids have had a great time.”
Jodie Murray from Edinburgh said: “It’s been really cool and something different getting to see all the light displays – it’s really lovely. My family come every year and say it’s always amazing, so I thought I’d come and have a look too.”
The Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World trail was delivered by Renfrewshire Council and curated by sustainable, not-for-profit creative contractor, Cirque Bijou.
Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome so many visitors to our Halloween celebrations in Paisley once again, as they were greatly missed by all last year.
“The festival is one of the highlights in our events calendar and has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination in Scotland for Halloween.
“We’re delighted to see such a positive reaction to this year’s five-day Out of this World spectacular and we’d like to thank everyone who came along and enjoyed the festival, as well as all of the talented artists involved for making it such a huge success.”
Julian Bracey, Artistic Director of Cirque Bijou, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and make it a truly ‘Out of this World’ experience for everyone to enjoy. It’s been a massive team effort between the Cirque Bijou crew, Renfrewshire Council and the many local people involved.
“We’ve loved working with young people and community groups in the area to be part of the creative process and their contributions towards the artworks and installations have made the whole event really special.”
Paisley Halloween Festival was supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to have supported Paisley Halloween Festival through the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund. It is great to see the event was so well received by those who got to experience the spectacular light displays and installations, with the White Cart River playing a starring role in the trail.”
Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and was named Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals, organised by VisitScotland.