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Our BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise adventure is now underway in Paisley town centre! 

Running every day of the school holidays, this stunning trail features hand-built brick  endangered animal models. 

What will your intrepid voyagers find first – the Bengal Tiger, the African Lion, the  Penguin, Dolphin or the giant Panda? 

Find all 15 models for your chance to enter our free prize draw! 

And for those feeling extra adventurous, why not search for our hidden animal,  Ginger the Giraffe, who will be touring the town centre throughout the trail – check  our social media and website – – for clues as to where Ginger  may be hiding! 

Plus don’t forget to send us your selfies from the two selfie zones and you could make  our Wall of Fame! 

Trail leaflets will be available from the leaflet racks in both of the Piazza Shopping  Centre and also the Paisley Centre as well as town centre businesses. 

Once you’ve had fun with our trail, we have a wide range of great shops and an  abundance of fantastic food and drink venues, catering to every taste and budget,  where you can have a well-earned rest! 

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! 

Looking for a fun free day out for all the family this summer, Paisley town centre is the  place to be!

Save money and grab yourself a bargain in Paisley town centre with great £5 offers from our local businesses as part of our summer FiverFest!

Paisley is joining with hundreds of High Streets across the UK, and thousands of independent businesses, to put on special £5 deals across two weeks, starting this Saturday, as part of the Totally Locally FiverFest Fortnight!

We have a great range of £5 offers across the town’s retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by going for lunch, buying that gift or treating yourself to some pampering, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Now that restrictions are easing and the warmer weather has finally arrived, everyone is enjoying getting out and about once again.

“Our independent shops and businesses are what helps to make Paisley town centre special. These offers are to say thank you to the community for their support this last year, and to show just what great value our local businesses are.

“Spending just £5 every week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to our local businesses and helps keep our town centre alive!”
So, come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers!

June FiverFest runs from Saturday 12th – Saturday 26th June 2021.

Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or the Piazza Shopping Centre or see the full deals online at

Love Local, Love Paisley!
More details on all Paisley First projects and events can be found at or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

We’re getting summer underway in Paisley town centre with our free family  adventure, BRICKLIVE’s Animal Paradise! 

Running from Saturday 26th June until Sunday 15th August, this interactive trail  features hand-built brick endangered animal statues. 

We’re sure your mini explorers will have a great expedition hunting down these  stunning animals across ice caps, jungles, rivers and forests, all in the heart of Paisley  town centre! 

What will our intrepid voyagers find first – the Bengal Tiger, the Macaws, the Dolphin  or the Snow Leopard? 

Find all 15 models for your chance to enter our free prize draw! 

What better way to get the whole family out and about for the day with this fun, free  activity! 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone so  we’re happy to be able to give everyone something to look forward to this summer. 

“BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise is made up of hand-built brick endangered animal  models and has been devised to entertain whilst educating children and families  about environmental issues and the importance of conservation and biodiversity. 

“So, if you are looking for a free day out and something fun to do with all the family  this summer, head to Paisley!” 

Trail leaflets will be available from the leaflet racks in both the Piazza Shopping  Centre and also the Paisley Centre as well as town centre businesses and the Paisley  First office at 1 County Place – just opposite Paisley Gilmour Street train station. 

Once you’ve had fun with our trail, we have a wide range of great shops and an  abundance of fantastic food and drink venues, catering to every taste and budget,  where you can have a well-earned rest! 

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! Love the school summer holidays? Love Paisley!

Right in the heart of Paisley, “BARGA” Bar & Cafe was getting noticed and building momentum, despite having only opened its doors late January 2020.

Being forced to close “BARGA” in March 2020 was understandably a devastating blow.  However, the forced closure has given us time to sit back and to take on board a couple of months’ worth of customer feedback and alter or build on what we needed to. An opportunity which rarely comes around in this industry.

We’ve remained on hiatus throughout the various levels of restriction – we believe that the vision behind “BARGA” is worth waiting for, and now the wait is almost over.

Soon we open our doors, bringing you all a Bigger, Better and Bolder “Barga”. 

Have you booked your table? Visit our Facebook page to do so. See you all on the 17th

Spring is here and there’s plenty to look forward to in Paisley town centre with our Easter Animal Trail!

There are 12 animal friends hiding in local business windows around the town centre …. but one of them doesn’t have a name.

So it’s your job to find our friends and name the final animal to be in with a chance of winning one of two Easter-tastic prizes!

It’s the perfect activity to get everyone out in the fresh air and have some free, family fun at the same time!

Pick up a trail leaflet from either the Piazza Shopping Centre or The Paisley Shopping Centre, or if you prefer you can download your own trail leaflet which is available HERE.

Remember many of our local businesses are still open or operating, see the full list HERE – perfect if you want to stop to refuel or pick up some essentials along the way.

Plus parking is free in all council car parks seven days a week with on-street parking charges applied Monday to Friday only before 6pm.

Once you have completed our trail, just post your entry form in one of the special Easter post-boxes located in either of the shopping centres to be entered into our prize draw.

And don’t forget to pick up your free Spring Activity Sheet when collecting your trail leaflet, or download HERE

Let’s have some Spring Fun in Paisley this Easter!

Renfrewshire Council’s spring and summer events programme will be going online over the coming months.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival will take a different shape for 2021 – with an online programme across 10 days in April.

The Festival will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer along with interactive culinary experiences, including cooking demonstrations and workshops, ways to grow your own food and much more.

More details about the programme for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will once again be marked with a programme of online events to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

This year’s online event will take place on Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The move to take the events online for 2021 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The British Pipe Band Championships, which were due to be staged in Paisley in May, will no longer take place.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Paisley Food and Drink Festival is always one of the highlights of our annual events calendar – and this year’s online programme will provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional food and drink offer we have across Renfrewshire.

“We look forward to telling you more about the festival programme and how people can get involved very soon.

“Sma’ Shot Day represents an important part of Paisley’s heritage and we were delighted with the warm reception last year’s online celebrations received from local people, as well as those from further afield who wouldn’t normally be able to take part in the day’s events.

“This year’s online event will look to carry on these traditions and feeling of community spirit, while offering opportunities for everyone to get involved in celebrating this great day.

“Due to the current restrictions on major events, it’s a great shame that we will be unable to host the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley this May. The Championships is a fantastic event which draws competitors and spectators from over the UK and across the world and it’s just not possible to stage such an event right now.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association since 2016 and it’s disappointing that the last two years of our partnership – 2020 and 2021 – have coincided with the pandemic.

“We wish the Association, and everyone in the piping world, the very best in successfully resuming competition when it’s safe to do so – and we will continue our dialogue with the Association, actively seeking alternative events and activities to partner on in the future.

“Decisions on the remainder of our 2021 events programme will be made throughout the year, in line with national guidance and public health advice. We will continue to work with events sector and other local authority partners to ensure that we can deliver a safe, accessible, and inclusive programme when physical events are permitted again.”

Renfrewshire Council advises everyone to stay safe and continue to follow the national guidance on coronavirus set out by the Scottish Government.

For the latest local updates, visit our ‘Information, help and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)’ webpage:

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It’s February at last and love is in the air as we get ready for Valentine’s Day! 

Many of Paisley’s town centre businesses are still open or operating, making sure  Valentine’s Day can still be celebrated during lockdown. 

We’re highlighting those special Valentine’s Day offers or services on our social  media channels and we also have a full list on our website here 

From gifts and cards, jewellery to flowers, food retailers to perfume and beauty gift  sets, plus afternoon teas and dinner for two at home, we have everything you need  to show your loved ones just how much you care! 

Or how about ordering a gift voucher from one of our amazing health, hair and  beauty businesses – allowing you to support a local business during these tough  times and give your loved one a treat to look forward to! 

Let’s show our Paisley town centre businesses some love! 

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Buddie the Lion, the Paisley First mascot, has gone global with an autograph request this week received all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas in America! 

Buddie received the request from a young fan, Ramsey McWilliams, who is on a  quest to collect mascot autographs from all across the world. 

Needless to say, Buddie was only too happy to help out and a signed autograph of Paisley’s favourite lion is now winging its way to Ramsey in the  US of A! 

Buddie said: “Hopefully one day Ramsey and his family will be able to visit the  best town in the world which is of course Paisley!  

“In the meantime, I would like to wish all my friends here in Paisley, in Scotland and across the globe, a safe and Happy Christmas! 

“Looking forward to seeing everyone here in Paisley next year!”

Christmas celebrations may look a little bit different this year – but people in Renfrewshire are being invited to come together and spread some festive cheer from the comfort of home with a special online event this weekend.

The Light Up Renfrewshire event will take place on Saturday 12 December at 7pm and will be available to view online on the Facebook page:

With everyone doing their best to stay at home as much as they can right now, the magical online event will showcase spectacular footage of the Christmas lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages for viewers to enjoy.

The stunning light displays will be accompanied by music performances from top local acts, festive messages from some special Christmas guests and much more.

Organised by Brick Lane Media and Renfrewshire Council, the Light Up Renfrewshire event will be held online to ensure that Christmas celebrations in the area can still take place this year, in adherence with national guidance and local coronavirus restrictions.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron, said: “It barely feels like a year ago that we were gathered in our towns and villages to switch on the Christmas lights in 2019. While this year has been unlike any we could have anticipated, I am delighted that we can still get together virtually to mark the festive season with this fantastic online event.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, and it is important that we remember to be kind to each other and help to spread some festive cheer where we can.

“That’s why I am encouraging everyone to join me by logging on for Saturday’s Light Up Renfrewshire event and getting in the festive spirit with amazing musical performances and heart-warming messages – as well as the chance to see our stunning Christmas lights on full display.

“It’s also a great opportunity to extend a special thank you to all NHS staff and key workers across Renfrewshire for their hard work and energy that has gone in to keeping us all safe this year and over the festive period.”

Alan McEwan, director of Brick Lane Media, said: “Brick Lane Media and The Bungalow Community Interest Company are delighted to be involved with the Light Up Renfrewshire online event. It has given local entertainers the chance to showcase their work during these times and, at the same time, offer everyone in the community the opportunity to see the Christmas lights installations across every town and village in Renfrewshire.

“It has been fantastic to see how everyone involved has adapted in their settings – in schools, businesses and the entertainment industry. The use of digital technology has helped everyone to continue life as normally as possible, letting everyone see what is happening in their communities. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2021.”

Residents are also being encouraged to get involved and spread some festive cheer by sharing pictures of their Christmas lights and household decorations on social media by using the hashtag #LightUpRenfrewshire.

As well as the online event on Saturday 12 December, there will be plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy festive fun in the run-up to Christmas with online activities, including arts and craft ideas, videos, blogs and more.

In addition, children and families will be able to enjoy festive fun while exploring their town centre safely with Christmas Spirit Trails in Johnstone and Renfrew, which will run from Saturday 12 December until Sunday 3 January. People are reminded to follow the national guidance for travel purposes.

By using your phone camera, families can hunt down and scan ten special Christmas characters, which will be on display in shop windows around the town centre, before accessing an eBook to learn more about the characters’ adventures.

There’s also plenty of activity to enjoy during the festive season with local business improvement district Paisley First, including the Christmas Buddie Bear Hunt around businesses in Paisley town centre and online Advent Calendar competition.

For more information on the Light Up Renfrewshire online event and more ways to enjoy Christmas at home, please visit