4 things to do at Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day this weekend

Thursday 5th July, 2018

The sun has been shining on Paisley – and the good weather looks set to continue this weekend.

It’s a big weekend for the town with the annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations and Weave Festival taking place.

The popular multi-arts festival celebrates Paisley’s rich history of weaving and radicalism, encapsulated in the famous victory of the town’s weavers in the historic sma’ shot dispute.

Take a look at just a few of the things you definitely shouldn’t miss at the event on Saturday.


Sma’ Shot Parade

The traditional Sma’ Shot Parade begins at Brodie Park at 12pm before making its way into Paisley town centre. This year’s colourful parade is inspired by the weavers’ holiday trip ‘doon the watter’ and is co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts, in collaboration with community groups, performers and musicians. Make sure you don’t miss the reveal of a spectacular paddle steamer float!

When: Saturday 7 July, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: Brodie Park to Abbey Close, Paisley


Burning of the Cork

Get your cameras at the ready for one of the highlights of the annual Sma’ Shot celebrations – The Burning of the Cork. An effigy of the ‘Cork’ (the middlemen between the owners and the weavers) is ceremoniously burned in stunning fashion. See some of the best parts from last year’s event, including the Burning of the Cork, with the video below!

When: Saturday 7 July, 2.00pm – 2.15pm,

Where: Cotton Street, Paisley



‘All aboard!’ spectacular aerial performances and ‘Watch, Fly, Come & Try’ aerial workshops

Be amazed as the All or Nothing team whirl through the air with spectacular ‘All Aboard!’ aerial performances – complete with deckchairs, bunting, beach balls, buckets and spades and more. The performers will be putting on shows every hour from 12:30pm until 4:30pm. If you fancy having a go yourself, why not join the team for some ‘Watch, Fly, Come & Try’ aerial workshops?

When: ‘Watch, Fly, Come & Try’ aerial workshops – Saturday 7 July, 12:00pm – 5pm – Abbey Close

‘All Aboard!’ aerial performances – Saturday 7 July, 12:30pm – 4:30pm – Abbey Close

Where: Abbey Close, Paisley


Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam

Get ready to see poets from Paisley and beyond battle at the annual Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam. This entertaining event will be opened by great local musicians and talent, including champion beat boxer Bigg Taj, and will continue well into the night. Poets will be competing for prize money and entry to the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh.

When: Saturday 7 July, 7pm–10pm

Where: Paisley Town Hall

Find out all about Weave Festival and Sma' Shot Day

I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.

Laura Gray

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