Top reasons to visit this year’s Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

Wednesday 7th March, 2018

Now in its 17th year the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival is a must-visit event on the Renfrewshire calendar set in the idyllic town of Lochwinnoch.

There’s something for everyone at this fantastic festival, whether you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, learn a new skill or just enjoy some great performances.

Here’s some of the top picks from this year’s Lochwinnoch Arts Festival running from 13 – 25 March:

Christopher Brookmyre and Lochwinnoch Writers – 15 March – McKillop Institute – 7.30pm

Author of Dead Girl Watching, All Fun and Games until someone loses an eye and Quite Ugly One Morning, award-winning novelist Christopher Brookmyre will discuss his career to literary fans and will also be selling signed copies of his books.  Attendees will also have the chance to hear original work from some of Lochwinnoch’s local talented writers.

Buddy Good Laugh – 16 March – McKillop Institute – 7.30pm

Paisley’s favourite comedy club returns with a top line-up of hilarious comedians, brought to you by Dead Sheep Comedy. Headline act Raymond Mearns from Limmy’s Show and Rac C will be joined by Graham Mackie and Des Clarke.

Scone-noisseur competition – 18 March – The Cakery No 5 – Lochwinnoch

Have you got the baking skills to be named top Scone-noisseur? Why not enter this tasty competition, which is a first for the festival, as we search for most perfectly-baked scone. To find out more please email David Bain at

Badger the Mystical Mutt – 19 March – Lochwinnoch Primary School – 9.30am

Badger, the star of this chart-topping illustrated children’s book series! Badger the Mystical Mutt – a loveable, toast-eating dog with a heart of gold, dodgy magic skills and a peculiar time-travelling machine – is a dependable friend ready to entertain and enchant you. With high fives, high paws and live magic, you can be sure that Badger will enjoy showing off and wagging his tail during the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir – 19 March – McKillop Institute – 7.30pm

Head along to the McKillop Institute on 19 March to hear the soaring voices of The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir. The choir is the first of its kind in Renfrewshire and is made up of anyone who enjoys singing, whether it’s for fun or to meet new friends or to improve their vocal skills. Come along and join the fun.

Lady Loversley’s Charter – 22 – 23 March – McKillop Institute

Calder Drama Society brings its production of Lady Loversley’s Charter a comedy by the group’s own John Dolan.

It is the year 1878. Constance‘s honeymoon to Lord Clifford ends abruptly when they return home prematurely to Murkleston Hall. Immediately on their return, Clifford receives orders to join his military unit which is destined to fight in South Africa.

RSNO Come and Try session Samba – 18 March – McKillop Institute – 10.30am and 11.30am

Try your hand at samba drumming with members of the RSNO! The workshops will be led by John Poulter. There will be 2 slots of 30 mins duration. the first slot if for families. The second is for adults.

Clamjafrie – 25 March – Parish Church – 7.30pm

Clamjamfrie is a lively five-piece Scottish ceilidh band formed by musicians from the villages of Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, Scotland who are equally at home providing music for Scottish ceilidh dancing or songs and tunes for your entertainment. You’re guaranteed a great night out dancing away to a mix of Scotland’s most popular ceilidh classics.


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