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Event programme revealed for summer and beyond.

Renfrewshire residents can look forward to a festival of fun over the next few months – after the area’s events programme was revealed.

The council has agreed dates for big days out during the summer and beyond, with tens of thousands of people expected to take in a programme ranging from family entertainment to music and comedy.

The summer events kick off with Renfrew Gala Day on Sunday 1 June, followed by Sma’ Shot Day on Saturday 5 July in the usual venue of Paisley’s Abbey Close.[/vc_column_text][vc_simple_slider ids=”20733,20732″ type=”1″][vc_column_text]That month will also see Renfrewshire play its part in Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting event when the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay arrives on Thursday 17 July.

A day of entertainment will mark the baton’s progress around 15 Renfrewshire towns and villages. More details – including full route – will be revealed nearer the time.

Two days later (Saturday 19 July) the Paisley Pipe Band Championships will take centre stage, with some of the country’s top bands playing in the town centre.

August will see a family favourite in a new location, with the popular Fire Engine Rally taking place in Johnstone’s Houstoun Square on Saturday 16 August.

The Paisley 10k road race is on Saturday 31 August, before Renfrewshire Doors Open Day on the weekend of 6 and 7 September.

The 10 to 18 October will see the third year of Paisley’s Spree festival, with a to-be-confirmed line-up of music, comedy and more set for various venues in the town.

Previous headliners include Roddy Frame, the RSNO, Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad, Capercaillie and Edwyn Collins, plus comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay.

This year’s Spree will coincide with the return of a Lego exhibition, after the popular Brick City showcase smashed attendance records at Paisley Museum this year.

And November will see the annual Fireworks Spectacular, as well as the usual Christmas Lights Switch-On events in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Our town centre events programme encourage tens of thousands of visitors into the area every year, while giving local people some fun days out in their home towns.

“By staging events which bring people into the town centres and give them a reason to spend the day, we are helping to stimulate trade among local businesses.

“We have big plans to use the area’s combined heritage and cultural appeal to spearhead regeneration and deliver lasting benefits for whole of Renfrewshire.

“We are confident the events programme offers something for everyone, and I hope to see as many people as possible come out to support what we are trying to do.”

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Paisley And Renfrew Event Photographs

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Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose.

We have a wonderful line up of exhibitors coming to Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose, Sunday 27th October! Pammie Annie Mckay who has a fabulous collection of statement earrings and necklaces, coming in every colour and texture you can imagine, all designed and handmade by Pam, using genuine leather and hypoallergenic fixings.

Susie Rodgers Millinery shall be joining us with her winter designs of beautifully hand crafted, felted cloche hats and re-worked berets. Choots with the coolest handmade ladies accessories EVER! Jodie Pope Jewellery has a degree from Glasgow School of Art, Jodie’s love of Art Deco Design, is hugely reflected in her work.

slug in a bottle marketMoxie Vinyl produce vinyl designs and shapes which can be used on any smooth surface…upcyle your furniture or decorate your walls at home. Looking for Grasshoppers (LFG) are returning with hand crafted paper beads and hand felted accessories, do you have a special book, map, song sheet or just beautiful paper? If so, Amye, the designer/maker from LFG could turn them into something special.

Dress Your Legs Ltd shall be providing us with stylish, unique and possibly just a little bit quirky ‘fashion for our legs’. Mariszkalime is back for their second visit, with hand dyed silks, embroidered and handcrafted textiles. Cupcakes by Lou shall be supplying our sugar fix! We have ‘Art on a Glass’ – hand painted glassware from Raspberry Twirl. Candle-icious with personalised candles and ceramics.

Miss Polly body products, use the finest, natural ingredients possible, all beautifully handmade and packaged by Polly. Sandy a graphic designer, shall be tipping his toe into the ‘market world’ for the very first time this Sunday, he shall be selling his wonderful pieces of ‘Street Art’ photography and ‘Retro Vehicle’ illustrations. Lastly we have St. Vincent’s Hospice ‘Vintage’ they shall have their always super selection of vintage ladies accessories, homeware and collectables.


If thats not enough, don’t forget Hamishes’ Hoose offer a wide range of delicious food and beverages. To reserve a table call 0141 561 7105 (it is advised)

Fun in the sun as Sma’ Shot Day celebrated

Renfrewshire residents had fun in the sun when the area’s big summer event calendar continued with Sma’ Shot Day.

Around 2,000 people gathered in Paisley town centre for the popular annual day out, designed to celebrate the 19th-century mill workers’ victory over their bosses in an industrial dispute.

The day kicked off at noon with the annual parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, headed by the familiar pounding of the Charleston Drum, carried by Freeman of Renfrewshire Tony Lawler.

The parade was joined for part of the route by St Mirren mascot Paisley Panda, who brought with him the League Cup.

At Abbey Close, speakers including Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell addressed the crowds, before DJs from Pulse FM took over the stage to provide entertainment.

Visitors were able to enjoy funfair rides, charity stalls, bouncy castle, craft market and mini-farm.

There was also a tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, and a film and display at Central Library on the life of celebrated Paisley trade unionist Willie Gallacher.

The day culminated, as always, with the spectacular Burning of the Cork – an effigy of a mill owner, which always meets a fiery ending.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “Sma’ Shot Day is always a popular event for all the family, and I’m glad to say this year turned out no different.

“Events like this are a key part of the council’s strategy to get people into our town centres, so I was glad to see the day was so well attended.

“The event’s roots are connected to an important chapter in the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire and it is great to see people celebrating that to this day.”

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley-patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day.

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Start spreading the news, The Rat Pack is Back…again!

Returning to Paisley after a hugely successful 2012 summer show, the original British tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr will return to Paisley Town Hall on July 14 accompanied by the fabulous Don Hunt Orchestra and The Flamingo Showgirls.

THE-RAT-PACK-WEST-ENDIn town for their 15th Anniversary tour, Frank (David Alacey), Sammy (Des Coleman) and Dean (Paul Drakeley) will take audiences on a glamorous journey to the Las Vegas strip and the Sands Hotel where they will perform a catalogue of classic hits, including Mr BojanglesMy Way and Mack the Knife over the course of a fantastic two hour live set.

The Rat Pack is Back perfectly captures not only the music of the original legends, but also the comedy and personalities of the stars who once ruled the entertainment world of Las Vegas – a talent which was enjoyed by a 400 strong audience at last year’s performance.

Memories really are made of this: book early and enjoy a swinging evening courtesy of the Kings of Cool.

The Rat Pack is Back will be at Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 14 July, 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £16 (£14.50 concession) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

For more information on The Rat Pack is Back, future performances or events please or follow us on Facebook


Free Promotion in Paisley and Renfrewshire

Paisley on the web is a community organisation which is here to promote the town of Paisley not only to local people but also to an international audience. We like to let everyone know what is going on in and around the town and there are a few ways your organisation can take advantage of our excellent services listed below.


  • Free Event Promotion
    • Via our Blog
    • Via our social media websites
    • Via our newsletter
    • Via our partner organisations
  • Free event listing with our partner website  ‘Whats on Renfrewshire’
  • We will try our best to cover the event by having a photographer attend*
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  • Free after event promotion showcasing the photographs
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Our audience is huge and hits all demographics, ideal for just about anyone to use our services. Our website has around 13-14 thousand visits per day and our social media channel impressions are around three hundred thousand per week. More precise data can be provided on request.

To take advantage of any of our services please contact us with as much information you can and we shall reply to you as soon as we can. Contact us now..

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Businesses can take advantage of our new promoted posts feature, when we will work with you to maximise impressions and hits to help promote your business or product on our blog and social media outlets. We will ensure that the integrity of the business is upheld at all times via social media by our management team. Promoted posts are not free and a price will be agreed with the organisation and Paisley on the web beforehand. Contact us now to enquire about promoted posts.


* For anyone wishing copies of photographs, the photographer’s name will always be credited and you can discuss purchasing copies at their discretion.

*Interviewer is available upon request.

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Some Other Mother – Half price theatre at Paisley Arts Centre

Part of Refugee Week Scotland, Some Other Mother is just one event taking place from 17 – 23 June that celebrates the diversity of Scottish culture and raises awareness of refugee issues. 

Some Other Mother is a new play by AJ Taudevin produced in association with The Tron, the Scottish Refugee Council and support from Stellar Quines. Set high up in a Glasgow tower block, ten-year old Star and her mother await the outcome of their claim for asylum. As Mama’s mind fragments under the pressure of their unknown future, Star constructs a poetic and fantastical world of her own. Some Other Mother is a story of loss and survival which explores the traumatising impact of the asylum system, regardless of the outcome.

Some Other Mother (part of Refugee Week Scotland)

Paisley Arts Centre

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm

£5 (£3 conc)

Booking: Call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or go online to

Barshaw Park Gala Day 2013

Saturday 15th June 2013 sees Barshaw Park host its annual Gala day.

The day starts at 12 noon and runs until 4pm with what promises to be a great day for the whole family with:

  • Music
  • Fairground rides
  • Kids’ entertainment
  • Model railway
  • Falconry display
  • Model boat display
  • Power wrestling demo
  • Face painting
  • Stalls and much, much more.




Main stage music and entertainment on the day will be provided by Erskine Music and Media Studios.

Details for the event:

Venue: Barshaw Park, Glasgow Road, Paisley

Date: Saturday 15th June 2013

Time: 12 noon – 4pm

Admission: FREE!  (costs vary for individual stalls and attractions)


Fun for all the family at Barshaw Gala Day

Renfrewshire residents are gearing up for the first big event in the area’s summer calendar when Barshaw Gala Day takes place later this month.

The popular annual event is set to attract thousands of people to the park in Paisley’s east end on Saturday 15 June between noon and 4pm.

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

A series of local acts of varying musical styles will take to the stage throughout the afternoon, with acoustic acts stepping in to keep the crowd entertained between performances.

Elsewhere in the park, there will be more than 20 separate attractions, including family favourites such as face painting, children’s entertainers and karaoke.

Other highlights will include a dog display, falconry display, cattle tent, model boats, pony rides and vintage fire engines.

Those who are feeling sporty can take part in orienteering, beat-the-goalie and mini-tennis, with street football and the mobile youth bus from the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project also set to be in attendance.

There will also be a wide range of stalls from community groups, with the police, fire brigade, Renfrewshire Libraries, Renfrewshire Leisure and the Territorial Army among those there on the day.

The gala day will also give visitors a chance to pay a fond farewell to Jenny and Angel, the park’s two donkeys, who will soon be retiring to a special animal sanctuary in The Borders.

Over the next month, the council will be renovating the donkey paddock with two new animals set to arrive later this summer. Visitors to the gala day will get the chance to suggest names for the new donkeys.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Barshaw Gala is always a popular and well-attended day out and this year’s event looks set to follow in that tradition.

“Last year’s event was a large-scale 100th birthday party for the park but this year’s event will have a more traditional gala day set-up.

“There are loads of attractions planned and there should be something for everyone, so I would urge people to get themselves along and enjoy the occasion.”

Also there on the day will be a stand for the new ‘Friends of Barshaw Park’ group, who are looking to recruit volunteers to help look after the park in the years to come.

Visitors to the event should park in the designated overflow car park at the east end of the park, or at Paisley Grammar School, where free parking will also be provided.

Maps showing where the attractions will be in the park will handed out on the day, and will also be available to download onto your smartphone at

Kilbarchan Lilias Day 2013

The parade will leave Tandelhill Road at 1.30pm and proceed through the village to the steeple, then onwards to the public park.

The procession will arrive at approximately 2pm when Miss Lilias, this year played by Miss Iona MacLeod, will read the proclamation.


Over the course of the afternoon, a number of events will take place in the arena; there is a seven a side football match between Kilbarchan Primary and Bridge of Weir Primary. We have a dog show from 12 noon with prizes for different categories. There will be a
number of local organisations with stalls selling home baking, tombolas and raffles for great prizes in the park from 1.30pm. This year we are delighted to announce we have two arena event one is Quack Commandos display. This is a fun display where border collies will herd Indian Runner ducks. The other is Owl Magic who will give a performance show with Owls.

Lilias Day is a major fundraiser for all the organisations who take stalls in the park, they really do rely on the support of people from Kilbarchan and other local villages. We ask that you make Lilias Day a date for your diary and come along with your friends and family to support this local community event.

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Renfrew gearing up for Gala Day. 

Renfrew Gala Day 2013 will take place at Robertson Park on Sunday 2 June with a huge variety of fun-filled, free entertainment for all the family.

This year’s Gala Day theme is Fairytales and Superheroes, so expect to see plenty of pretty princesses and caped crusaders on the Parade when it departs from Canal St at 1pm to make its way to Robertson Park to kick start the festivities.

As well as the usual stalls, fairground rides and live on-stage entertainment, there will also be storytelling and arts and crafts, a Pet Show plus the chance to take a trip on a genuine 1950s bus for a free tour of the town, courtesy of McGills Buses.

renfrewIn addition to Gala Day itself there will also be a range of free Gala Week Events in the run up to 2 June, including the Bonnie Baby and Toddler Competition on 28 May from 12pm – 1.30pm (registration at 11.30am for 0 – 12 months and 12 months to 4 years) at the Cherrie Centre and a Youth event at the YMCA Hut for 18 – 12 year olds, featuring a motivational speaker discussing career opportunities. On 29 May Renfrew Museum Group will be presenting a lunchtime lecture at Renfrew Town Hall at 1.30pm with an introduction to the history of Renfrew and a guided tour of Renfrew Community Museum. On 31 May Renfrew Town Hall will also play host to a Family Ceilidh from 7pm until 10pm. Tickets for the ceilidh are available from the Renfrew Gala Day Planning Group or by emailing

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums staff who coordinate and organise the event with tremendous support from the community have taken on board the comments they receive on a regular basis from customers and hope the wide offering of activities, stalls and entertainment planned for this year will provide a great value family day out for local residents.

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