Rainy day things to do in Renfrewshire

Tuesday 11th July, 2023

The weather in Scotland can be changeable, but don’t let that stop you.

Whatever your age, you can have some fun this summer with our list of seven rainy day things to do in Renfrewshire.

Go hunting for mythical beasts with the new PaisleyFirst Lego trail.

Running from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 13 August, there are 18 different beasts to find. Trail maps are available from the Piazza Shopping Centre and The Paisley Centre.

Have a splash about with OneRen’s Cool Summer Swimming.

Whether you fancy Fun Swim at Renfrew Victory Baths, or a Splash Session at Johnstone Community Sports Hub, OneRen have something for you. Plus, this summer, Family Swim Passes are available for all OneRen pools.

Get hands-on with history at the Weavers Cottage.

In the centre of Kilbarchan you’ll find an atmospheric cottage and hands-on museum where the traditional weaver’s craft comes to life. Step back in time and learn about what it was like to live in Renfrewshire over 200 years ago. The cottage is also Renfrewshire’s only National Trust for Scotland property, so it’s a must-visit for Trust members, who get free admission to all Trust places.

Curl up on the sofa and get lost in a great book.

OneRen have 12 libraries around Renfrewshire packed with every kind of book you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for a swashbuckling adventure, the latest biography, or some gritty true crime, you’ll find it in the library. All you need to do is sign up for a free library card. The library also offers home delivery, e-books and e-magazines—so you don’t even need to get your coat on.

Get into nature at the RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve.

Whilst not-strictly an indoor activity, the trails at RSBP Lochwinnoch are very sheltered. The hides and visitors centre provide a break from the rain, and the raised viewing tower is the perfect place to spot wildlife. RSPB Lochwinnoch is one of the best wetlands in Scotland, and even on a driech day the reserve is full of interesting things to see.

Jump, slide and tumble at one of Renfrewshire’s indoor play centres.

Both the Big Adventure in Linwood and Pandamonium in Erskine offer great soft play centres. With sliding things, bouncy things, wobbling things and climbing things, kids of all ages will love it. Plus with free parking and good coffee, they’re great for parents too.

Explore Paisley’s weaving heritage at the Sma’ Shot Cottages.

Turn back the clock as you walk through the door into a typical 18th century weaver’s cottage. Local guides will accompany you and provide a fascinating insight into how a typical weaving family lived and worked. Plus, the tearoom serves delicious homecooked food, ideal for some post-tour refreshments.

Of course, you can also just embrace the rain! Put your wellies on, grab your coat and go explore. Find some puddles, spot some wildlife, and have a fun time.

Have we missed something out? What’s your favourite rainy day activity in Renfrewshire? Get in touch on social and let us know.


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