Sma’ Shot Day

Saturday 6 July, 2024

Sma’ Shot Day is Paisley’s annual celebration of the historic victory of local weavers in a famous dispute.

Sma’ Shot Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of each July. This was when weaving families would traditionally take their holiday ‘doon the watter’.

Join us on Saturday 6 July for Paisley’s day – we’ve got lots going on!

Sma’ Shot Parade

12pm – 1pm
Starts Brodie Park
Ends Abbey Close

Co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with community groups, performers and musicians.

The parade brings to life the traditional weavers’ celebration in honour of their victory. It tells some exciting, undiscovered stories of weavers’ past. This year, we’re highlighting some of the performers and characters who might have appeared at Paisley Fair at the time.


Abbey Close

12pm – 4pm

Stalls and family-friendly entertainment.


Stage Programme

Shaun Moore, Tannahill Makar, will be your MC.

  • 12.10pm-12.40pm: Sharon Martin
  • 12.50pm-1.20pm: Evelyn Laurie
  • 1.30pm-1.45pm: Break for Burning of the Cork
  • 1.45pm-1.55pm: Trade Union speeches
  • 1.55pm-2.15pm: PACE re-enactment
  • 2.15pm-2.30pm: Caitlin Bonner Dance
  • 2.30pm-3pm: RockUs Choir
  • 3pm-4pm: Proposal (cover band)


Burning of the Cork


Watch the notorious ‘Cork’ (the middleman between the weavers and the owners) meet his fiery demise! This year’s spectacle is sponsored by Unison.

Preceded by a performance from Shaun Moore.


Ludic Acid present

Cat Sith Street Performances



Childrens’ Entertainment


Inflatables, face-painting and arts & crafts activities including kite, badge and wand-making.

OneRen’s super Skoobmobile will be at the event with lots of fun, games and summer reading!

Furry Murrys Adventure Playground

9.30am – 6pm

Soft play with interactive play equipment. Additional activities on the day in celebration of Sma’ Shot Day.

Tea Dance

Methodist Central Halls

Free but ticketed – 35 pairs of tickets available from Paisley Central Library from 27 May.


Sma’ Shot Cottages tours


Turn back the clock as you walk through the door into a typical 18th century weaver’s cottage.


Browns Lane Makers’ Market

Restoration & Creation, Courtyard, Browns Lane

Live music entertainment from local performers from 12pm-4pm

Kids Workshops

You can sign up using the links below:


Sma’ Shot at The Bungalow

Tom Urie’s Piano Jukebox

Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam

SHOUT! Soul Party with guest DJ Gerry McGuire


Project Ability textile exhibition

The Art Department


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