Saturday 4 September – Renfrewshire Doors Open Days 2021

Take a look at the fantastic venues you can visit in person on Saturday 4 September as part of Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Days 2021.

Venues are listed in alphabetical order. Please note that some may be open across both days at various times.

Scroll down to see all the great places you can visit…

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Bishopton Parish Church

A rural building built in 1815. It was designed by David Hamilton, one of Scotland’s most famous and prolific architects.

Facilities: Toilets available; parking available.

Our friends Ali, Kerry, Allie and Ellis give you a sneak peek at what a Doors Open Days trip to Bishopton Parish Church looks like in the video below…





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Brediland Allotments Association

  • Saturday 4 September, 10am – 3pm
  • Cardell Dr, Paisley, PA2 9EJ

Brediland allotments is an open growing space that provides a calm and peaceful environment to grow a variety of fruit, veg and plants.

Visitors are able to wander around the main path areas of the allotments and there’s activities for younger children to enjoy – including a puzzle trail. Plus, there will be homegrown produce for sale.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible, assistance needed; parking available; refreshments available.

Join the Whitty family (including Penny the dog!) to see what a Doors Open Days trip to Brediland Allotments will look like with this great video! 





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Broadloan Community Garden

Enjoy family activities at the Community Garden from 10am until 4pm! Produce from the garden will be available and there’s a kids garden quiz with a prize!

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; parking available.

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Castle Semple Collegiate Church

Castle Semple Collegiate Church

Castle Semple Collegiate Church was built in 1504 by the Sempill family. One of only 42 Collegiate Churches in Scotland. It is a Late Gothic example and has a fine canopied tomb to Lord Sempill.

Enjoy a walking tour through Castle Semple estate to the Collegiate Church, starting at 1:30pm and ending at 3:30pm. Please note that only 15 spaces are available on the tour, which can be booked on the park website here.

Meet outside the café at Castle Semple visitor centre for 1:30pm.

Please note: The walk is on whindust paths. There are some slight inclines, uneven ground and may be muddy in places. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Facilities: Toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

Join our friends Ali, Kerry, Allie and Orlaith – and park ranger Pat – as they show you more of Castle Semple ahead of Doors Open Days…





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Causeyside Street Weaving Tour

  • Saturday 4 September, 2pm
  • Causeyside St, Paisley 
  • Free tour – must be booked in advance

Why not take a look at the history of the local textile industry this Doors Open Day? This guided tour of Paisley’s Causeyside Street will detail how textiles shaped the town’s streetscape.

Led by local Yellow Badge Tour Guide Les Fernie of Walking Tours on Wheels, this free tour will highlight the local architecture, the original function of different buildings and the origins of Paisley Pattern.

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes and will start at 2pm. Booking is essential. To book please email th.cars2@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 07483 136 739.

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The Diane Mitchell Music School

The Diane Mitchell Music School was founded in 2015 and based within the facility at Brick Lane Studios.

The rehearsal venue has been used by James Grant and Eddi Reader, who have also delivered youth music programmes. Up and coming artists who use or have used the facilities include The Vanitues, The Close Lobsters, King of Birds, Freakwave, The Amorettes and The Vegan Leather to name a few.

Children and families will be able to see the classes and lessons taking place throughout the day, as well as a local band rehearsing. A musical quiz is also available for children to participate in, as well as opportunities to have a go at different instruments.

Facilities: Toilets available – but not wheelchair accessible; parking available; refreshments available.

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Erskine Community Allotments

Erskine Community Allotments

This is a semi-rural setting of allotment plots where keen growers of fruit, flowers and vegetables get together in a social setting. The allotments were established in 1978 beside the Lamont Farm Project and became an independent community allotment organisation which was granted charity status in 2016.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Johnstone History Museum entrance

Johnstone History Museum

This fantastic museum deals with the history of the burgh of Johnstone, particularly the industrial heritage of the town.

Displays include photographs, maps and objects related to various well-known industries including Patons shoelace factory and some lesser-known ones, such as the mousetrap factory. Children can also enjoy a quiz when visiting!

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Ducks at Lamont Farm

Lamont Farm Project

Visit Lamont Farm Project to see small furries, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, and larger animals in the outdoor stables and fields, such as pigs and llamas!

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available.

See more of Lamont Farm ahead of Doors Open Days with this great video…





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Mossvale Community Church

Mossvale Community Church

There has been a place of worship called “Mossvale” in the north of Paisley since 1877. Designed by Robert Baldie in a Gothic style, the church opened in 1884 and has been home to the current congregation since 1974.

The church now includes a Hall (1968) Community Café (2015), and in the grounds the Tree of Hope (2021) – a sculpture of nature and light combined that changes in appearance through the seasons.

Enjoy two tours at Mossvale Community Church as part of Doors Open Day, listed below:

Church building / café and gardens open doors

  • 6pm – 8pm

Tours conducted in small groups. Café open selling hot drinks and cakes (Free hot drinks to ages 70+). Craft activities for children.

Tree of Hope lighting celebration

  • 8.00pm – 8.30pm

At 8pm, as the sun sets there will be the official lightning of the Tree of Hope – an artistic light installation in the church gardens. Small decorative stones can be laid under the tree in memory of those lost during the pandemic. All ages welcome.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Paisley Methodist Central Hall

Paisley Methodist Central Hall

Paisley Methodist Central Hall is an imposing Edwardian building in the Free Renaissance style designed by architects Watson and Salmond and constructed in 1908.

Around 100 Central Halls were built in major towns and cities across Britain between 1886 and 1945. Paisley Central Hall is the only one in Scotland still in use as a Church.

Take a one way, self-guided tour around the building starting on the ground floor, progressing to the auditorium and finishing in the Heritage Room on the second floor.

Plus, enjoy an exhibition of photographic prints prepared by member of the Paisley Photographic Society at the venue between 12pm and 4pm.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available.

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Wallneuk North Church in Paisley

Paisley North Church

The church was built by the Abercrombie on land which was in the corner (neuk) of the garden of the Abbott of Paisley, Paisley North and opened in 1915. It also contains one of the last working pipe organs built by Abbott & Smith.

Head along to enjoy quizzes during your visit.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available.

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Paisley St George's Outreach Centre

Paisley St George’s Outreach Centre

Dating from 1955 and 1962 the former Glenburn Parish Church was constructed to minister to the growing population of the new Glenburn Scheme. The congregation moved from the George Street Church. The 25th Sept 2021 is the 60th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the new Sanctuary.

For Doors Open Day 2021, enjoy a special exhibition highlighting the history of the George Street Church and Glenburn Parish as it moves forward as the Outreach Centre of Paisley St George’s. Exhibitions will include projected images and videos from the history of the church, memorials to World War 1 & World War 2 dead and, proposed plans for the 1962 Sanctuary. Plus, try out the old fete games!

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible – assistance needed; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

The Paisley Thread Mill Museum is in Mile End Mill building, which was the Industrial finishing mill on the Clarks Mill site.

You can find some of the machinery from the mills on site along with guided tours by volunteers during open hours.

Special weaving and spinning demonstrations will also be provided by Glasgow Clyde College.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible – assistance needed; toilets available; parking available.

Take a peek inside Paisley Thread Mill Museum ahead of your visit with this fantastic film…





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Renfrewshire Council Chambers

  • Saturday 4 September, 11am – 1pm
  • Renfrewshire House, Cotton St, Paisley, PA1 1TR              

The Council Chambers is where Renfrewshire councillors take policy decisions as part of the democratic process of the Council. Children can take part in a quiz and participate in mock votes, as well as the chance to sit on the Provost’s chair!

Please note only 10 people will be allowed entry into the chamber at any one time, so queues may be expected.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available.

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RSPB Lochwinnoch scenery

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

RSPB Lochwinnoch nature reserve is an ideal spot to get away from it all and enjoy some amazing wildlife with the family. As one of the few wetlands left in the west of Scotland, Lochwinnoch is the perfect place to spot a wide variety of wildlife or simply enjoy the trails.

Whilst visiting the reserve, can you help solve the wildlife mystery! Families can drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm. You can then explore our woodland trail and meet some helpful wildlife characters as you go who will give you clues to help crack the case of Sammy Squirrel’s missing acorns. See if you can spot any of the special acorns along the way! Return to the starting point with the correct answer to claim a prize! (Please bring your own pen/pencil – Cost:£2)

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

See what a trip to RSPB Lochwinnoch looks like with this great video!





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Scope

Scope is a public showing of art made by 30+ local creatives. It can be found within retail space on Paisley’s Causeyside St to highlight the benefits of supporting local creative talent and what it can do for the town.

This will be a showcase of art that will rotate every week over the duration of September. It’s open to all, free to access and has interactive pieces for the local community to engage with.

Last entry is at 4pm.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available.

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St Margaret's Church. Renfrew

St Margaret’s Church

  • Saturday 4 September, 10am – 4pm
  • 2 Oxsford road, Renfrew, PA4 9OJ

Explore this amazing over 100-year-old building, which started as a small meeting room in Fulbar street, Renfrew. Children visiting can also enjoy a fantastic art activity.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible; toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Robert Tannahill's Cottage

Tannahill Cottage

The Cottage was the family home and weaving ‘shed’ of the Paisley poet Robert Tannahill, where he lived from early childhood until his death in 1810. Robert was the first Secretary of the Paisley Burns Club when it was founded in 1805 and the Club now holds its monthly meetings here.

Members of the Burns Club and the Tannahill MacDonald Club will be on hand to explain the history of the Cottage and some historic artefacts it holds.

Facilities: Toilets available; parking available.

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See the full programme for Renfrewshire Doors Open Days 2021