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

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! 

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

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Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Get your Christmas shopping started early or enjoy a day in town with friends, or treat the kids during the October school holidays.  

“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 during these challenging times 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!” 

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So, come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers! 

October FiverFest runs from Saturday 9th – Saturday 23rd October 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 www.paisleyfirst.com

Love Local, Love Paisley!  

More details on all Paisley First projects and events can be found at  www.paisleyfirst.com or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

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There’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had in Paisley town centre this October with our Paisley Witches and Wizards Halloween Trail!

Just follow the trail around town and name all our Witches and Wizards for your chance to be entered into our Spooky Spectacular Prize Draw!

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This free, fun Halloween Trail will be running in the town centre from Friday 8th October until 31st October – just pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.

Or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website HERE.

Remember to pick up your free Halloween activity sheet too from our leaflet racks for even more fun!

All the witches and wizards will be on display inside business windows so it’s the perfect activity to help the kids have some fun whilst getting some fresh air in Paisley town centre, especially during the October school break and Halloween weekend.

And if you are dressing up, don’t forget to send us your pictures via our social media channels.

Whilst we can’t promise the sun will always be shining, we will do our best to make sure everyone has a great day out so please come and show our town centre businesses your support this October.

More details on our Paisley First projects and events can be found on our website HERE or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

The Discover Africa trail launches in Paisley town centre on Friday, 1st October.

In conjunction with the School of African Cultures, Pachedu and Action for Cultures and Ethics, the trail will showcase 11 African countries represented by communities living in and around Paisley with displays in a number of our town centre businesses.

Learn more about the history and cultures of countries such as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to name but a few.
The trail was the brainchild of Johannes Gonani from Pachedu, Samuel Yerokun of Action for Cultures and Ethics and Regine Bews from the School of African Cultures.

“We want to thank Paisley First, the business circle in Renfrewshire and in particular all the businesses which are hosting the “Discover Africa” exhibition in their premises,” said Johannes.

“This to us is a celebration and an acknowledgement and recognition of the presence of the African community in Renfrewshire,” added Samuel. “It is also helping to change the tainted narrative of the mother land, as the continent of Africa is affectionately known.”

Regine also added: “We hope communities in Renfrewshire and beyond will find these trail activities enjoyable and educative.”

Trail leaflets are available from our leaflet racks at the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre or you can download your own leaflet from the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com .

The trail runs throughout October – complete the trail and quiz on the leaflet and post in the postbox in the Piazza Shopping Centre for your chance to win a prize!

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The Emmy-Nominated songwriter Rie Sinclair will judge the Corbin Miles Prize this year at the Tannahill Arts Festival. Here’s some more info about Rie:
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Rie Sinclair is an Emmy-Nominated songwriter, producer and recording artist with more than a decade of songwriting and music production. Her work includes catalogues of material for major music houses such as ABC’s Fifth Floor Music, Disney, In The Groove Music, Megatrax, and Indie Orange.
ABC has released 2 albums worth of her singles, featuring other indie artists: Caitlin Crosby, Jay Nash, Molly Jensen, Jayson Belt, Piera Klein, & Chris Cox, and several performed by actress Kristen Alderson. Rie has been crafting music for television since 2004.
Her credits include: The Vampire Diaries, Ghost Whisperer, Revenge, Samantha Who, Young & The Restless, Law & Order, and Californication. In 2008, she launched her own label, I Miss You Records.
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The Bungalow has another fantastic weekend of live music lined up for you. Tonight it looks like another sell out show by the fantastic Definitely Oasis. The Oasis tribute band areregarded by many Oasis fans and promoters alike as the best Oasis tribute band there is.

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With the real Oasis on an extended break at the moment, this is definitely the next best thing. If you have your ticket for tonight you’re in for an amazing show. They are one of the hottest acts to ever play The BungalowThe Bungalow. Doors at 7pm.

On Saturday afternoon the wonderful Leana Zaccarini and the Moonlighters are returning to the stage. This fantastic group of musicians will be playing popular jazz and swing classics that will have you bopping along all afternoon. The band starts at 3pm so come down before they start to get a table and settle in for music, song and love.

The last time the band played there one fan said this about them “Just saw this amazing band at The Bungalow. They are wonderful musicians and Leana is the full package of beautiful voice with a charisma to match” Free entry.

Tomorrow night it’s a double bill of pure power and is shaping up like a battle of who can belt it out the most. On the bill is Status Quo tribute band Heavy Traffic. This is a frantic 4 band that belt out Quo tunes from their classic albums and play a mix of chart hits.

They’re being supported by the very popular covers trio outfit Proposal who have been packing them in since live music started after lockdown. Proposal knows how to get you up dancing. I’ve seen both bands and I think it is a close call who is the most in your face band but whoever comes out on top Jay Fitzpatrick will be in the winning team.

That’s because he is playing guitar for Proposal and drums for Heavy Traffic. Check him out and see how versatile he is. Tickets are still available on Eventbrite so get them while you can or it is £6 on entry. Doors are at 7pm and first band is on at 8pm.

On Thursday The Bungalow Introducing Nights are back. These nights are for emerging talent to showcase their latest material. The line up includes Singer/Songwriters Fallen Arches, Sadie Marie and Leaving Bordeaux. The band have a riff-heavy, postpunk- ish thrash kind of sound complete with hooky choruses. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £5.

Another sold out gig, this time it is widely acclaimed Gary Barlow tribute act Tony Kay at The Cave. (Seems to be a thing) ‘If you’re no fast yer last’ Tomorrow night from 6pm it is Splendid Suns followed by Sad Ida at 9pm. On Sunday it is a double bill with Blue Horizon from 6pm then Grants AfterParty at 9pm.

Stephen Henry is playing at The Old Swan from 5pm tonight. Tomorrow The Head Hunters are in the ‘Shopping Slot’ at 4pm. The Casual Swans will be on stage and up to some no good from 4pm on Monday.

A celebration of the life of Cat Jones is to take place at Rocknrollas.To honour her memory The M65’s and All or Nothing DJ’s are playing a charity gig at the Paisley venue and all proceeds from ticket sales and raffle tickets will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. Doors are at 7:30pm and you can buy tickets on the door for £10.

The energetic and amazing young band Best Bad Influence will be playing at The Anchor tomorrow from 4.30pm then on Sunday Moonshine Mojo will be kicking off at 4.30pm

Open Mic nights next week are The Keg with Johnny Barr at 8.30pm and The Abbey with Dunky Hunter at 9pm. The Anchor Bar started their open mic session recently and will be on the last Tuesday of the month from now on.

St. Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 14th August and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars and supercars.

Normally held in June, the event was held virtually last year due to COVID but visitors can instead this year look forward to a scaled back in-person event in August.

The event is organised by Bill’s Automotive Detailing and is sponsored by Paisley First, in aid of St. Vincent’s Hospice.
The cars will be on show at locations including High Street, County Square and Gilmour Street from 10.30am until 4 pm on Saturday 14th August.

Chair of Paisley First, Colette Cardosi, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre once again.

“It’s a firm favourite in our calendar of events and it’s great to see so many people heading back into the town centre to support our events and our town centre businesses.

“It will also be the last weekend of our summer adventure, BRICKLIVE’S Animal Paradise, so there really will be something for all the family, Paisley is the place to be this summer!”

Kirsteen Murray, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Every year the St.Vincent’s Hospice has to raise around half of its running costs from its own fundraising and COVID has made face-to-face fundraising very difficult.

“We’re delighted therefore that CarFest will return this year. Not only is CarFest a great day out for families in Renfrewshire, but it raises much needed funds for the hospice.

“We are enormously grateful for the ongoing support of the sponsors who invest both their money and time to make CarFest such a successful event.

Willie Chrystal of Bill’s Automotive Detailing, who is organising the event, said: “CarFest has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years in the last few years so it’s great to be able to bring the event back to Paisley town centre again this year.

“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is exceptional so what better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.

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There is just one week left to visit this summer’s must-see attraction!
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Sunday 15th August is the last day to enjoy our BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise adventure in Paisley town centre!

Thousands of families have spent the summer enjoying our free trail featuring hand-built brick endangered animal models.

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 is 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 and activity sheets are still 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!

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We’re also gearing up for the return of St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest to Paisley town centre once again on Saturday 14th August and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!
There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars and supercars.
Normally held in June, the event was held virtually last year due to COVID but visitors can instead this year look forward to a scaled back in-person event on 14th August.
The event is organised by Bill’s Automotive Detailing and is sponsored by Paisley First, in aid of St. Vincent’s Hospice.

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

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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. 

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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! 

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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 – www.paisleyfirst.com – for clues as to where Ginger  may be hiding! 

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

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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. 

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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! 

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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 www.paisleyfirst.com.

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

Animal Paradise

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. 

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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!

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

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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”. 

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

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