Renfrewshire’s events programme returns for 2022

Thursday 24th February, 2022

Major events in Renfrewshire are back with a spectacular live programme set to take place across 2022.

Organised by Renfrewshire Council, the bumper calendar will see the Paisley Food and Drink Festival return in-person for the first time since 2019, alongside area highlights The Spree, Paisley Halloween Festival and many more.

Events in the area begin next week as Paisley plays host to About Us – the opening event of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK programme of major celebrations across the UK – from Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 March, with a public preview on Monday 28 February.

The free, outdoor spectacle will transform Paisley Abbey with a stunning visual and sound experience, taking attendees on a thrilling ride through 13.8 billion years of history.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to Abbey Close and Bridge Street, with a tantalising offer of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music, workshops and more on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.

Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will also see a live programme for the first time since 2019, as the event commemorating the historic victory of local weavers takes place on Saturday 2 July.

Summer will also see a new Renfrew Pipe Bands competition take over Robertson Park on Saturday 23 July.

The Spree, Paisley’s annual music and arts festival, is on the move from its traditional October slot in 2022 as the iconic Spiegeltent comes to town from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September, promising a top line-up for gig-goers. The 10-day programme will also be accompanied by the Spree for All fringe festival of events across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages.

The Wee Spree programme will take place from Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 October, providing fun activities and shows for children and families during the school holidays.

The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and this year’s spectacular trail format will be staged from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October.

A programme of festive town centre activity will take place across Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages to bring in the season.

See the dates for your diary below:

  • About Us – UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK – 28 February – 6 March
  • Paisley Food and Drink Festival – 29/30 April
  • Platinum Jubilee beacon service – 2 June
  • Renfrew Gala Day – 5 June
  • Barshaw Gala Day – 18 June
  • Sma’ Shot Day – 2 July
  • Renfrew Pipe Bands – 23 July
  • The Spree – 1–10 September
  • Renfrewshire Doors Open Days – 17/18 September
  • The Wee Spree – 15-22 October
  • Paisley Halloween Festival – 27-30 October
  • Renfrewshire Christmas – Across December

We can’t wait to welcome you to our events throughout the year!

We are thrilled to be hosting a full year of live events for 2022 and to welcome back local supporters and visitors to what, for so many, are must-see dates in the diary.

Louisa Mahon
Head of Marketing, Communications and Events for Renfrewshire Council

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