Sunday 5 September – Renfrewshire Doors Open Days 2021

Take a look at the fantastic venues you can visit in person on Sunday 5 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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Auld Simon

  • Sunday 5 September, 11am – 5pm
  • Johnshill, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4ES

Auld Simon is the clock tower at the foot of Johnshill, Lochwinnoch!

For Doors Open Days 2021, you can enjoy small group guided tours of the Auld Simon Tower between 11am and 5pm with description and storytelling by the guides. The location has open visiting, but each tour group will be a maximum of 2 adults with 2 children.

The guides will describe the origins of this venue and from which the village of Lochwinnoch grew from a small farming community and into a thriving industrial town.

Auld Simon has been rightly seen as the ‘heart’ of the village of Lochwinnoch, the beat of which is sounded each hour by the bell struck by the clock mechanism. Most village events such as the parade on Gala Day start at Auld Simon.

Given the centuries of village life that Auld Simon has overseen, there are many stories of the late past residents. Some regularly return to the village and are seen in their spirit forms, such as ‘The White Lady of the Loch’ who is buried within the cemetery.

Take a closer look at the Auld Simon clock tower with the video below!





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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.

Facilities: Toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

Join our friends the Whitty family and park ranger Pat as they show you more of Castle Semple ahead of Doors Open Days…





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Causeyside Street Weaving Tours

  • Sunday 5 September,
  • Tour 1 – 11:30am
  • Tour 2 – 2pm 
  • Causeyside St, Paisley 
  • Free tours – 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.

There will be two tours available to book on Sunday – the first starting at 11:30am and the second starting at 2pm.

Tours will last approximately 90 minutes. 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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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 outdoor stables and fields with larger animals 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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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 show 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 Mary’s Church, Bridge of Weir

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

St Mary’s was built in 1909 for Episcopalians, who until then had worshipped in a hotel. The church is known locally as “the little white church in the wood” and was built from start to finish in four months.

You can wander round the lovely little church – and during the afternoon there will be an accompaniment of live music to enjoy. There will also be tea/coffee and scones and you can take a little time for a chat.

Facilities: Toilets available; parking available; refreshments available.

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Woodside Crematorium - credit Woodside Funeral Directors

Woodside Crematorium – credit Woodside Funeral Directors

Woodside Crematorium

One of the more unusual venues to join Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day 2021 is Woodside Crematorium, which will offer visitors access to the operational areas of the crematorium, a guided walk around the Heritage Trail, and the chance to view the newly refurbished Martyr’s Chapel.

Suitable for those aged 16+, the tour of Woodside Crematorium will run every half an hour from 12.30pm to 3pm.

The open day also includes a guided walk along the beautiful tree lined pathways of the Heritage Trail, which dates back to 1845. Queen’s Sculptor Sandy Stoddart will guide the walk, sharing the history of those whose graves lie within the cemetery grounds.

The Heritage Trail tours begin at 1pm and 2.30pm and last approximately 45 minutes. Suitable outdoor footwear is essential. Please note that the walk may not be accessible for everyone due to the grassy paths.

To complete the Doors Open Day experience, visitors are invited to look around the newly refurbished Martyr’s Chapel. Situated at the entrance to the cemetery grounds it has been significantly upgraded and is now a modern funeral service venue. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served in Martyr’s Chapel between 12.30 and 3.30pm, with all welcome.

Facilities: Wheelchair accessible – assistance needed; toilets available.

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See the full programme for Renfrewshire Doors Open Days 2021