Thousands of Renfrewshire residents had fun in the sun at the weekend during the ever-popular Barshaw Gala Day.

People young and old descended on the popular park in the town’s east end for the annual family festivity.

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Attractions include live music on the main stage provided by young musicians from the Erskine Music and Media Studio.

Elsewhere in the park there was the chance to enjoy fairground rides and to meet face painters and childrens’ entertainers.

Foodies had the opportunity to grab a slice of the action at pizza-making workshops, while there was also a selection of stalls from various local groups.

Visitors could also enjoy other attractions in the park such as Pets’ Corner, the Rowantree Café and the boating pond.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Barshaw Park is now more than 100 years old and is still looking as good as ever.

“It’s always great to get out and about on days like today and to see so many families out having fun.”

Other big family events coming up in Renfrewshire include Sma’ Shot Day, which will be in its usual place in the town centre on Saturday 4 July.

For more information on events in Renfrewshire, visit

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Paisley residents are gearing up for one of the favourite family days out in the area’s annual events calendar when Barshaw Gala Day returns next weekend.

The popular free event will be on in the park between noon and 4pm on Saturday 27 June, with a range of fun activities planned.

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Attractions include live music on the main stage provided by the Erskine Music and Media Studio.

Elsewhere in the park there will be: fairground rides, kids’ entertainers, magicians, face-painting, music jam sessions, pizza-making workshops and arts and crafts.

There will also be a selection of stalls from various local groups from throughout the community.

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Visitors will also be able to pay a visit to other attractions in the park such as Pets’ Corner, the BMX track, the Rowantree Café and the boating pond.

The long-running event has been a long-running fixture in the park – which celebrated its centenary in 2012.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We are fortunate to have some outstanding green spaces here in Renfrewshire and Barshaw Park is one of the finest examples.

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“Barshaw Gala Day is always a popular family favourite and is still going strong after many years.

“There are loads of attractions planned for the day and I am sure there will be something for everyone so I would encourage residents to come down and join the fun.”

Other big family events coming up in Renfrewshire include Sma’ Shot Day, which will be in its usual place in the town centre on Saturday 4 July.

For more information on events in Renfrewshire, visit

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Location: Barshaw Park, Paisley
Date: 09 August 2014

12pm onwards (parade due to start 2pm) 

Barshaw Park and Scottish and Afro-Caribbean cultures come together to party!


Star performer on the day will be X-Factor star Misha B, and you can also enjoy steel pan drumming, samba dancing, grooving carnival rhythms and much more as we celebrate musical diversity.

There will be a funfair, stalls and lots of your carnival favourites.

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Barshaw Gala Day 2014 Paisley Photographs

Barshaw Gala Day 2014 turned out to be dry for once and the families loved it, these Paisley Photographs of the day were taken by Alex Kyle Photography on behalf of look out for lots more photographs soon.

Well done once again to the organisers of the Barshaw Park Gala Day.


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Fun for all the family at Barshaw Gala Day

Barshaw Gala Day on Saturday 14 June marks the start of a summer of fun for local residents.

The popular annual event is set to attract thousands of people to Barshaw Park in Paisley’s East End from 12pm to 4pm.

A varied programme of attractions includes main-stage music and entertainment provided by young people from the Erskine Music and Media Studios.

Throughout the day, a variety of local talent will take to the stage looking to catch the eye of the crowd, with varying musical styles sure to provide something for every musical taste.

Across the day there will be a variety of attractions on offer including fairground rides and stalls, while there will be plenty of family activities on display with face painting, children’s entertainers and magicians on hand to keep the entertainment continuing all afternoon.

Those with energy to burn can take part in football competitions or show off their talents on the microphone, with karaoke available to give visitors the chance to steal the show.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This free event is a terrific opportunity for all the family to get involved in their local community and enjoy the attractions set up on the day.”

“It should be a cracking summer of fun across Renfrewshire with lots of different fun events and activities for families, and Barshaw Gala Day will get us off to a great start!”

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Barshaw Park plays host to a new theatrical cycling experience

Get on your bike for a theatrical cycling experience as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.

Touring parks and green spaces across Scotland in June and July, The Spokesmen, created by Visible Fictions Theatre Company, will visit Barshaw Park in Paisley on 4, 5 and 6 June.



The Spokesmen is an outdoor theatre performance with a difference: the audience and cast are all on bikes!

This whirlwind cycle of discovery will take you to haunted woods, the natural habitat of some surprising creatures and a historical battle ground – all with a little pop culture sprinkled into the mix.

Directed and written by Douglas Irvine and performed by Alan McHugh and Simon Donaldson, this comedy piece has been created for a family audience. Designed by Sergey Jakovsky, you’ll be amazed what a bike can do!

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The Spokesmen’s writer and director Douglas Irvine commented:

“There’s something magical about riding a bike, particularly if you haven’t been on one for a while; it transports you to another place, one of freedom and childhood. This outdoor theatre piece has a sense of play and adventure about it and we hope that young and old alike will be inspired to get on their bikes and experience the great outdoors.”

Feel the wind in your hair as you pedal through this bonkers show, Barshaw Park will never be the same again.

The Spokesmen is suitable for families with children aged 8 and over. All bikes and safety equipment will be provided.

Performances of The Spokesmen will take place at Barshaw Park on 4, 5 and 6 June at 6pm each day. Tickets cost £8 and are available now at the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre or by phone on 0300 300 1210. Please note we will require age and height information for all participants at the point of booking in order to fit bikes and safety equipment.

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15 Best places to visit in Paisley.

I asked the question to members of our Facebook Community recently “Where are the best places to visit in Paisley or where is the best place to go?” We had a fabulous response and some I would not have even thought of, I will thank everyone personally at the bottom of this page.


I am sure even if you live and work in the town you have been to a few of the places listed below, if you have your own favourite and its not listed then please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to add your very own..

  1. Paisley Museum & Art Gallery – The memory of the interior is a big draw for many as it holds a special place in peoples’ thoughts, so shows how much an impact it can make.
  2. Barshaw Park – The serenity of sitting on one of the benches watching the world go by and having a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a hidden garden which is a real Paisley treasure and often overlooked.
  3. Saucel Hill – Sitting at the top of this hill, which is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life in town makes it seem a million miles away.
  4. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Its a hit with many visitors, the beauty of living in Scotland is you can be in the countryside within 5 minutes and with stunning views of the town and quiet peaceful soundings this place helps most people gather their thoughts for the day.
  5. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area is abundant in fascinating buildings and has a story around every corner, from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its steeple and associated history, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must visit.
  6. The Statues of Paisley – Paisley has many fascinating statues and each tells the story of a segment of the town’s history, from Paisley’s poet Robert Tannahill and The Coats brothers through to modern day Scouts statue and lots more. Don’t miss Witherspoon’s statue at the front of The University of the West of Scotland and also our glorious Cenotaph right in the centre of town.
  7. The Sma’ Shot cottages – This really is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history and also meet some fascinating people. There is so much to see, from the original looms and the cottage set up as a museum of the time, to a relaxing cup of tea from a china cup in the café.
  8. Thomas Coats Observatory – Look outwards towards the universe of which Paisley is of course the centre. This place is astronomical!
  9. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall has recently been refurbished outside and in for the recent visit of the Royal National Mod. You will find helpful information about the town at the main desk, lovely events space and a great venue for any kind of party, of course being Scottish we need no excuse.
  10. Paisley Abbey – Parts of the Abbey date back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is the most prominent building on this list and it is rightly so, this is a must visit.
  11. Anchor Mills – Right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past this building. This now renovated building is the least visited of all our places due to it being a business centre and private housing, this is usually only open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  12. The Hamills Waterfall – Mentioned above, this is a place so close to the town centre with many fishermen trying their luck in a now healthy river. This is an excellent place for photographs and some peace and quiet.
  13. Town Centre Walk – Follow the Heritage trail and you will be guided around most of the buildings and statues of the town, information on this can be had from the Town Hall.
  14. Woodside Cemetery – The resting place for many of our ancestors, the walk around the cemetery is likely to be an informative look at the stories of people who are now at peace. The Beild is just as you enter the cemetery and is home to the 7th Paisley Scouts in their newly refurbished centre.
  15. Thomas Coats Memorial Church – The Baptist Cathedral of Europe also features on our list of favourites and when you see this Gothic Style building you will see just why. If you know someone who studied at Paisley’s University then they probably had their graduation ceremony here, making this another jewel in Paisley’s visitor attractions.


When asking for this information from our members one of the group Stuart Duffy, who is a local photographer, posted the following statement which I found fascinating and is actually why I started taking interest in the town to begin with.

Stuart says “Paisley: An enormous resource for photographers

No matter your main hook in photography, Paisley presents itself to you as a golden place to spend a day.

Street: Street Photographers will find the “Buddie” a fantastic subject, they are honest and earthy. They are also more approachable than their cousins in other towns and cities, and in Paisley Town Centre there is a backdrop of historical buildings nestled in the architectural mistakes of the 70’s which are being removed/upgraded. Which leads me into …

Architectural: You could spend a day without having to travel more than a mile from the train station and have a months’ work at the end of the day. Cobblestone roads and paths, architecture running from the early 19th century and an Abbey that is not just old, open and friendly, they are positively welcoming.
Take a trip up the hill and pass the Coats Observatory, graveyards and roads and paths that easily let you experience Victoriana

Nature and Wildlife: I have spent a day in Barshaw Park, regardless of the season, but if you travel further afield you have wide open spaces and wild woods to allow you to capture natural wildlife.

Fashion/Social/Portraiture: There are amazing backdrops, panoramic views and cubbyholes where you can really make the session pop… within 15 minutes walk you can go from a waterfall to an ancient building and on to a leafy avenue.

Best of all, its friendly, it’s greatest asset is that the people of Paisley are friendly … oh, and you are normally only 10 minutes from coffee and cake.

When you leave by train, you might want to give yourself some time… Paisley Gilmour Street Station is worth some time!”

I hope that you have found this list helpful and the next time you are in town you will think differently and visit one of these fascinating places.

You can find more paisley Visitor Attractions listed on our Visitor Attraction Section.

Thanks to: Betty McLatchie, Nic Armstrong, Catherine Steel, Aileen Wilson, Anne McNair, Lynsey Moore, James Murray, Robert Smith, Lyndsay Cameron, David McLean, Andy Campbell, John McCue, William Robertson, Stuart Duffy, Mags MacGee, Scott Manson, Margaret Blair and Roddy Boyd.

Six establishments get clean bill of health from food bosses

Six Renfrewshire establishments have had a thumbs-up from food standards bosses after becoming the first in Renfrewshire to receive a prestigious hygiene award

The Rowantree Café in Paisley’s Barshaw Park, Capability Scotland’s Corseford School in Kilbarchan, and four sheltered accommodation units run by Hanover Housing have all been presented with the Eat Safe Award.

The four housing units are Ailsa Court and Newton Court, Paisley; Orchard Court, Renfrew; and Walkinshaw Court, Johnstone.

The Eat Safe scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency and aims to recognise excellence in food hygiene and food safety management.

It also aims to improve public confidence by showing consumers their food has been prepared with the utmost care.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, visited each of the three organisations being honoured by the scheme.

He was joined by Dr Jim Wildgoose, a member of the FSA’s board for Scotland and chair of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee.

Councillor Devine said: “We are delighted to be able to announce these awards and I would like to congratulate all those involved for their achievement.

“It is important for the public to know the highest standards have been applied to the preparation of their food. Each of these buildings can now proudly display a certificate showing they have met those standards.

Tommy Greenhorn, manager for Hanover Housing, said: “Good food hygiene and food safety management standards are a priority for us and we are delighted the efforts of the catering staff have been recognised and rewarded.”

Doris Milne, owner of the Rowantree Café, said “My staff and I are very proud to gain this award, and I would encourage other businesses to go for it.

“We have very loyal customers and it’s nice for them to know that the food is not only homemade but prepared safely too.”

Capability Scotland chief executive Dana O’Dwyer said: “This award is a fantastic achievement for the catering team at Capability Scotland’s Corseford School.

“Food safety is always at the forefront of our team’s minds when preparing nutritious meals for the pupils. It is good to see this being recognised externally by this award.”

Eligible establishments are assessed for the Eat Safe Award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections carried out by council food enforcement officers.

Since the Eat Safe scheme launched in Scotland in 2005, more than 1,000 establishments have been recognised.

More information on the Food Standards Agency Scotland and the Eat Safe Scheme can be found at

The Jogging Buddies Jingle Bell Run took place on Sunday 2nd December in Barshaw Park and we were on hand to take some Paisley photographs of the event. Alex Kyle was there to take photos on behalf of

All money raised was for the British Heart Foundation. It was the 10th annual jingle bell run with 230 runners taking part, and 2 dogs! You can receive your copy of a photo by emailing us on


Accord Santa Dash

The Accord Hospice Santa Dash will take place on Sunday 9th December at 10am in Barshaw Park. This was a very successful event for Accord last year with 135 Santas taking part.

The suggested minimum sponsorship is £15 and santa suits will be supplied. There will also be a free kids race thereafter, again with suits supplied for the first 50 entrants.

Accord Santa DashAccord Hospice would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please tell of of your friends. The Rowantree Cafe which is where the registration desk will be sited will also be open for refreshments.

Whilst some participants may take it more seriously than others, this is very much designed as a fun run to suit all levels of ability. Walkers are also very welcome.

Here is a link to the booking page

Alternatively contact Accord Hospice on 0141 581 2000 or for more information

Accord Hospice would also like to thank Good2 Run who are based in the Prolife Gym in Paisley for their sponsorship and support in organising the run for us.