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.

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.

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Paisley’s award-winning Halloween celebrations return this week – but with a twist for 2021.

This year, Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World – a free, spectacular trail featuring installations and light displays centred around Paisley Abbey, Town Hall and the White Cart River.

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The town centre will be transformed into an immersive ‘otherworldly’ experience across five-days from Thursday 28 October until Monday 1 November – illuminated from 5pm-10pm for visitors to enjoy safely at a time that suits them.

Visitors will be able to marvel at a series of twelve installations and light shows, including an alien invasion, rockets and spacecrafts, creatures from the deep and a constellation of stars.

The family-friendly trail will take approximately an hour to walk around and is accessible for all abilities. Event goers can pick their own starting point, map their own journey and set their own pace round the intergalactic showcase.

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There will be no parade at the event but this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will be a journey that will take you out of this world!

Paisley Halloween Festival is supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

To celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 the area around the town’s White Cart River will be transformed into the centrepiece of the Out of this World experience. Talented artists have been commissioned to develop stunning installations that will shine a spotlight on the river that runs through the heart of the town – making it a must-visit spot on the trail for locals and visitors.

Spectacular displays which will dazzle visitors include ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’, created by Studio Vertigo. The ‘Nova’ sculpture is based on the mystical Star of the East, which astronomers now believe was actually a nova – while the mysterious and enchanting ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ structure will be found on the White Cart River itself, showcasing the divine beauty and spiritual power of the Moon.

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Mike Jones’ ‘Orionids’ installation will echo the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower cascading across the White Cart River, creating an enchanting web of light on the water.

Inspired by the twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts launched into space by NASA in 1977, Mick Stephenson’s ‘Earthship1’ is a strong symbol of hope for a brighter, more sustainable future. The spacecraft will contain a special cargo of hopeful messages and artworks created by young people and community groups across Renfrewshire, who have imagined a positive future for the planet. The artworks, which take the form of colourful dioramas, will be on display in the body of the spacecraft for visitors to see.

The trail is being delivered by Renfrewshire Council and curated by sustainable, not-for-profit street theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou.

Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are looking forward to hosting our Halloween celebrations again in Paisley – and this immersive trail will offer a twist to our annual Halloween Festival.

“We’re delighted to be working with Cirque Bijou and so many acclaimed artists to transform the town centre with these spectacular installations and light displays – which will really come to life when it gets dark. The festival is taking a different shape this year, but we promise there will be lots of exciting and surprising elements that will be Out of this World!

“The trail will be available for everyone to enjoy across five days, with more opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the fun in a safe way and at a time that suits them. We encourage everyone visiting to share their stunning photos with us by using #paisleyhalloween or tagging @paisleyhalloweenfestival on Instagram.”

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.

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World, please visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/halloween/

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Find out how you can join in this year’s Halloween festivities by decorating and lighting up your windows 🎃👾
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As part of Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of This World, you can get involved by registering your otherworldly decorations and creations as part of a special Window Wanderland trail.

It’s free to take part and you can create whatever you want, from lights in the window, a cutout silhouette, simple to spectacular it’s up to you!

Plus, spread the word with your friends and neighbours – we’d love to see your streets transformed into magical outdoor galleries.

Head over to our website to find out more on how you can register your window 👉 https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/renfrewshire-2021/

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Paisley’s popular Halloween celebrations will make a welcome return for 2021 as Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World.

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This year will see a twist on the annual fright fest’s usual format as the town centre will be transformed into an immersive ‘otherworldly’ experience with a series of spectacular installations and light displays concentrated around Paisley Abbey, Town Hall and the River Cart from Thursday 28 October until Monday 1 November – illuminated from 5pm-10pm for visitors to enjoy.

It promises to be a real spectacle with an alien invasion, creatures from the deep and a constellation of stars providing some fun, free family entertainment.

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Paisley Halloween Festival is supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

To celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 the area around the River Cart will be transformed into the centrepiece of the Out of this World experience. A series of artists have been commissioned to develop the spectacular installations to help bring an unearthly experience to Paisley – attracting locals and visitors to the area around the river that runs through the heart of the town.

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The river will become a must-visit spot on the trail as Mike Jones’ ‘Orionids’ installation will echo the breath-taking beauty of a meteor shower cascading across the Cart to create an enchanting web of light on the water.

Other installations being created include ‘Nova’ and ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ created by Studio Vertigo. The ‘Nova’ sculpture is based on the mystical Star of the East, which astronomers now believe was actually a nova. Visitors will be dazzled by the sight of this mighty new star. While ‘Ursula Lassos the Moon’ is a mysterious and enchanting structure on the River itself, which showcases the powerful heroic force and divine beauty of the Moon – offering a real spectacle for visitors to marvel at.

The trail is being delivered by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with sustainable, not-for-profit street theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, who will help create a weird and wonderful experience that can be enjoyed by all.

Pauline Allan, Events Manager for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are so happy to be able to celebrate Halloween again in Paisley with this unique, immersive trail that offers something a little different from our usual annual Halloween Festival.

“We’re working with some fantastic visual artists to transform the town through these breath-taking installation and lights displays – it’s going to look really spectacular! Everything will be in place for five days, so there’s more opportunity than ever before to come into the town centre and experience the trail. Come in when it’s dark and all lit up – that’s when it will really shine! This year, as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters celebrations, we have the opportunity to really spotlight the River Cart in a spectacular way, as you’ve never seen it before.

“Some of the things we’d have in our traditional ‘Halloween festival’ just can’t happen this year. There will be no Halloween parade, and we don’t have the performances we might usually. But Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World will offer visitors the opportunity to come into town and enjoy the Halloween celebrations in a safe way at a time that suits them.”

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland’s Regional Director for Ayrshire & Arran, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 2021 Paisley Halloween Festival as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. This year’s festival offers a unique opportunity for people to experience these spectacular light displays and installations on the White Cart river.”

For those looking to fully embrace the Halloween mood a ‘window wonderland’ digital pack of downloadable ideas suitable for all the family will be available closer to the event from the Paisley.is website for the people wanting to decorate their homes. A short digital film released on Halloween, provides further opportunity for audiences to experience Halloween at home.

In addition to the Out of this World trail taking place in Paisley town centre, Renfrewshire Leisure are staging a Monster Dash – Halloween fun run at Linwood On-X from 12pm on Sunday 31 October where all the family can participate in and enjoy with £3 entry fee for adults and £2 entry fee for children.

Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of this World will be staged safely, in line with Scottish Government and events sector guidance and public health advice.

The award-winning festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

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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.

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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: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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This is a really simple ‘make at home’ project. Follow the video or download our instructions!

Make Packs with everything you need are available for £5 from ReMode on Paisley High Street – open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

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Green Halloween

At Halloween about 30 million people in the UK opt to dress up and more than 90 per cent of families will consider buying costumes. However, seven million of those costumes will get thrown out each year, with only a small number getting recycled.

As quoted in the Guardian, Chris Rose of the Fairyland Trust* explained:

“the scariest thing about Halloween now is plastic.”

With its growing popularity, he says “consumers can take action to avoid buying new plastic and still dress up for Halloween by buying from charity shops or re-using costumes, or making their own from non-plastic materials.”

With the majority of costumes sold by popular retailers like Asda and Tesco made from oil-based non-biodegradable fibres like polyester, PVC, nylon and acrylic, the level of textile waste generated by Halloween contributes dramatically to the already staggering 300,000+ tonnes of clothing discarded in UK landfills. Creating an abundance of microplastic pollution.

 

 

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Creative Alternatives!

Craft your own costume from ReMode’s scraps and fabric donations, as well as simple household items like tin foil, cardboard, laddered tights and old curtains. Autumn is an ideal time of the year to dust off your sewing machine and get creative!

It’s only going to be worn once or twice so don’t go overboard with glues and permanent fixes. Use a needle a thread where you can then – after it’s all over – either keep it as materials for next year’s creation or reclaim the buttons and trims for your craft box, and the rags for household cleaning.

Never put fabrics in your bin – donate to ReMode, charity shops or use your local textile recycle bin.

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Paisley Halloween Festival has been named Best Cultural Event or Festival at the Scottish Thistle Awards 2019/2020 National Final.

Organised by VisitScotland, the prestigious awards celebrate innovation, excellence and success in the Scottish tourism sector.

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Paisley Halloween Parade 2018 and flying witches

The popular event in Renfrewshire Council’s annual calendar picked up the National Award for its 2018 festival, which saw crowds of over 34,000 people flock to the town across two days to enjoy a bumper programme of spectacular aerial performances, thrilling live acts and a Mardi-Gras style parade with more than 500 costumed performers.

Inspired by the town’s dark and deathly 17th century witch history, the enhanced theme of ‘Something Wicked this Way Comes’ thrilled visitors from all over Scotland.

Judges were impressed with the seasonality of the event and the growth that it has seen in recent years. They also praised event organisers for their engagement with young people and the community.

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The festival was a highlight of VisitScotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations, with young people at the heart of the festival’s development and delivery.

A 20-strong Youth Panel worked alongside Renfrewshire Council’s Events Team to design and deliver the programme, while more than 500 young people took part in a new creative learning programme. This provided young people with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of festival from performance to live event management and technical production.

 

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Paisley Halloween Parade 2018 and flying witches

The Scottish Thistle Awards is based on five regional programmes with the winners of each progressing to the National Final.

Paisley Halloween Festival was among 15 winners in the regional finals for the West in November – which included businesses and individuals from Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway and Argyll & Bute.

The National Final took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night (5 March), and saw 18 individuals, businesses and events honoured for their contribution to the tourism sector.

Louisa Mahon, Renfrewshire Council’s Head of Communications, Marketing and Events, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Paisley Halloween Festival has won Best Festival in Scotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards. We were in a category with some of Scotland’s most amazing cultural events and are delighted to be keeping company with them. Well done to everyone.

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Paisley Halloween Parade 2018 and flying witches

“Paisley Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar – and is now regarded as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the UK.

“Winning this award continues to put Paisley on the map as a great place to visit and experience world class cultural events – and we look forward to continuing to welcome even more people to Paisley to enjoy.”

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director Gordon Smith, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Renfrewshire Council on winning the national Scottish Thistle Award for Best Cultural Event or Festival. This is a fantastic achievement for Paisley Halloween Festival which has become one of the most anticipated events in the region’s calendars which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

“The Scottish Thistle Awards give businesses and individuals working within tourism in Scotland the opportunity to earn the recognition and appreciation they deserve from their own industry peers.

“The impact of tourism goes far beyond the holiday experience. It is vital to the Scottish economy, reaching every corner of the country, creating jobs and bringing economic and social change.”

The Scottish Thistle Award marks another celebration for the Paisley Halloween Festival after it won Best Festival or Outdoor Event at the EventIt E Awards in June 2019.

The Paisley Halloween Festival is organised by Renfrewshire Council and the 2018 event was supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

To find out more about the Paisley Halloween Festival, visit: https://paisley.is/featured_event/halloween/

For more information on the Scottish Thistle Awards, visit: https://www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk/

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Paisley’s popular Halloween and Spree 2019 festivals delivered a £1.2million economic boost to Renfrewshire.

That’s according to the findings of independent assessments into the two October events, which also showed record numbers of people attended the festivals in 2019.

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One of the largest events of its kind in the UK, the Dark Circus themed Paisley Halloween Festival attracted 41,000 people across the two-days – up 17% on 2018. The event was delivered alongside internationally-acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou.

More than 350 costumed performers and community groups took part in the Mardi Gras style parade, the centrepiece of the festival, which wound its way through the town centre. The parade also featured fantastic, giant lion and elephant floats, ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, to delight the gathered crowds.

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Twenty six percent of attendees to the Halloween festival were from outside Renfrewshire demonstrating the popularity and stellar programme of the free, family-friendly activities on offer.

The Paisley Halloween Festival was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for the 2019 event.

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The festival delivered £824,250 to the local economy with local businesses benefiting from the high number of visitors in the town that weekend.

Paisley Halloween Festival scooped the Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals and will now go on to compete in the prestigious national final on March 5, 2020.

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The Spree also delivered impressive results for the area. More than 12,000 festival-goers turned out to enjoy the diverse range of acts in the stunning Salon Perdu Spiegeltent in Paisley’s County Square – allowing for more people to enjoy the performances.

The numbers also add up, with a £411,000 total economic boost from the 10-day music, arts and cultural festival.

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The Spree 2019 saw record ticket sales with music and comedy fans being treated to sell-out shows from Hue and Cry, Glasvegas, The Snuts, Jerry Sadowitz and spectacular performances from Soul legend PP Arnold, Hayseed Dixie, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook and two Friday comedy nights compered by Fred MacAulay and Scott Gibson.

The festival was programmed by Regular Music and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

There was also a packed Wee Spree programme for kids during the school holidays with 2,822 people heading along to enjoy the events – the highest number of attendees on record for the event.

The festival also provided a boost to local traders with many festival-goers choosing to Spend Local and sample the great bars, restaurants and cafes in the area.

Jacqueline McCaig, owner of The Old Swan Inn which hosted the Spree Festival Club of daily events during the festival, said: “We absolutely loved hosting the Spree Festival Club at The Old Swan – it was a fantastic week of live music. The pub was really busy with a great atmosphere and a great mix of customers old and new, who came to see what the Festival Club was all about and enjoy the variety of talent we had on show.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It was phenomenal to see such great numbers coming along to Paisley’s Halloween Festival and to Spree and now this report shows the positive impact these major events have on the local economy and local businesses.

“We’re continuing to work with partners to offer a fantastic calendar of events to attract residents and visitors from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“Renfrewshire has so much to offer and major events are an important part of our plans to use our culture and heritage to drive footfall and cement our status as one of Scotland’s top visitor destination.”

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If you are heading to Paisley’s Halloween Festival this weekend, don’t forget to check out the town centre’s Halloween Sculptures. 

You may have already seen the fantastic animal sculptures dotted around the town centre this year, but have you seen them dressed for Halloween yet? 

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To celebrate Paisley’s Halloween Festival, these sculptures made from recycled materials have been transformed into witches, ghouls and a pumpkin to name just a few. 

Their new outfits have also been created with recycled materials, all with a resin coating to make them waterproof. 

Created by local artist Kevin Cantwell, there are seven stunning sculptures including a unicorn, highland cow and a heron but you will need to visit them during October in Paisley town centre to see how they have been transformed! 

Our visitors are dotted around the town and are available on a new Halloween trail map for those wishing to find all of these unique sculptures. Pick up your leaflet from either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre today! 

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Plus pick up a Golden Ticket and you could win £500 towards your Christmas shopping! 

We have £500 each of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners in the run up to the festive season with our Christmas Golden Ticket Competition! 

Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of our Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could be one of our lucky winners! 

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

Golden Tickets are available now in Paisley town centre businesses with our draws taking place on 23rd and 30th November and 7th and 14th December, just the thing to help you with your Christmas shopping! 

Just one of the perks of shopping and socialising in Paisley town centre this Winter! Good Luck!

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Paisley’s annual Halloween Festival returns on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October with a Dark Circus theme for 2019 promising plenty of chills and thrills for visitors.

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One of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the entire town centre into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The two-day spectacular, which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will serve up a whole host of frighteningly fun, free activities for everyone to enjoy with the entire town serving as the stage.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will see more than 300 costumed performers and community groups led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster. The parade has a new, extended route for 2019 taking over the entire town centre and will boast magnificent floats and ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, along to thrilling live music.

Immediately following the parade, no matter where visitors are positioned around the town centre, there will be something to see or experience as a series of live acts and activities will restart.

Aerial artists, All or Nothing, will also perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’, which will see the artists circle and swirl around the haunted carousel over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey.

Paisley Halloween Festival - Big Grey

A new addition to this year’s festival is the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in the heart of the town the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic and hula hoop artists. There will also be a creative craft trail in a number of local cafes where visitors can do everything from building a bug to creating their very own gargoyle from clay.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The annual Paisley Halloween Festival is always a highlight in our events calendar. Our increasingly ambitious programme attracts thousands of visitors each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

Paisley Halloween Festival - Big Grey

“The festival has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination for visitors and is great for the local economy, with last year’s event worth more than £1.9m to the town and attracting 34,000 people. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to enjoy fabulous performances taking place across the town from high wire acts to the spectacular parade, and to sample our great selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The Paisley Halloween Festival continues to go from strength to strength and it is hugely exciting to see it sporting its biggest ever programme for 2019. This year’s exciting and innovative programme will no doubt engage audiences of all ages with aerial performances, arts & crafts activities, outdoor street theatre and the stunning Halloween Parade. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and the festival is a great boost for Paisley, drawing thousands of visitors and locals alike to the town centre to enjoy this spectacular annual celebration.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival please visit www.paisley.is/halloween