Coming to Paisley’s Sma’ Shot Day celebrations? We want you to have the best possible time, so we’ve taken some time out to answer a few of your most commonly asked questions.
What time is everything happening and where?
Sma’ Shot Day takes place on Saturday 6 July 12noon – 5pm in the streets surrounding the Sma’ Shot Cottages; including Shuttle Street, Brown’s Lane and Paisley Arts Centre. Download our event map to see exactly what’s happening, where, and when.
There are also some fringe activities taking place on Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July in cafes across Paisley. Visit https://paisley.is/creative-craft-trail/ for more info on the workshops available as part of the Creative Craft Trail.
Do I need a ticket to enter?
No, entry to Sma’ Shot Day is free, as are all of the workshops, kids’ activities and live entertainment we’ve got lined up from 12noon – 5pm.
What’s the parade route?
The parade will leave Brodie Park at 12 noon and process down Neilston Road and Causeyside St, where the Charleston Drum will then turn left into Witherspoon Street to mark the start of the event at approximately 12.45pm.
I’m bringing my kids. What activities are available for them to take part in?
Sma’ Shot Day is a celebration of Paisley’s proud weaving history, and there are creative activities and entertainment on offer for both grown-ups and children.
Start your Sma’ Shot experience off by watching the parade as it processes from Brodie Park, down Neilston Road and Causeyside St to this year’s new event site. As well as traditional costumes and banners, there will also be giant puppets and spectacular parade floats to spot!
Paisley Arts Centre will then host a series of arts and crafts workshops, puppet shows, face painting and a seaside experience inspired by the weaver’s annual holiday ‘doon the watter’.
Brown’s Lane is where the storytelling yurt, circus skills workshops and bubble making will take place plus there will be more crafts activities and kids ceilidh in Faction and The Bungalow on Shuttle Street.
Don’t forget, kids’ will enjoy a trip back in time with a visit to the perfectly preserved weaver’s homes at the Sma’ Shot cottages.
A Sensory Safe Space will also be available in St Matthew’s Church from 12 noon to 5pm.
Do I need to book anything in advance?
There is no need to book any of the activity workshops, live performances or sensory safe space in advance. Simply turn up and enjoy! Sma’ Shot is traditionally a very busy event though so please be prepared to wait in line for popular activities like face painting and storytelling.
What about the Creative Craft Trail?
This is the only exception to the drop-in rule. Places are limited for these workshops, with spaces available to book in advance now online. Visit https://paisley.is/creative-craft-trail/ to book your preferred workshop direct with the InCube artists participating.
I always come to Sma’ Shot Day. Is there anything new this year?
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with almost 50 events taking place in over 20 different venues. New additions this year include the Creative Craft Trail, Maker’s Market inside Paisley Arts Centre and gaelic music and song courtesy of Fèis Phàislig.
Following positive feedback from our other events, the Sensory Safe Space at St Matthew’s Church is also a new addition this year. This space is suitable for both adults and children should they require a quiet space away from the event hubbub.
What food is going to be available?
There will be loads of places locally where you’ll be able to grab a drink, lunch or quick snack, including many of the businesses participating in the event, like The Bungalow, Faction and Sma’ Shot Cottages. Don’t forget, there’s loads of great food and drink options surrounding the event site too.
Will there be free drinking water?
All participating Bar providers in the event space will supply free drinking water at the event.
Is the event site licensed?
The whole event site will be licensed. An alcohol offer will be available to buy from participating venues The Cave, The Lane, Bar Pre, Faction and the Bungalow. Faction will also provide an outside bar offer. You will be able to take your drinks outside and around the event site.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
No, due to strict licensing laws this is strictly prohibited.
If an event attender is found to be bringing in alcohol they will be escorted off the premises and their alcohol will be confiscated.
Sma’ Shot Day operates a zero-tolerance underage drinking policy. If you are unable to produce ID evidencing that you are 18 years old or over when challenged within the event site, your alcohol will be confiscated, and you may be asked to leave.
A challenge 25 policy will be in operation on all bars.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! We love dogs, so bring your furry friends along. All we ask is that you keep them on lead and of course please remember to bring poop bags with you. Please note that the space around the grounds of Paisley Arts Centre will be quite noisy between 1.15pm – 1.30pm for the Burning of the Cork.
NB: Never leave your dog in a car on a hot day.
Is the event wheelchair friendly?
We welcome wheelchair users and we do all we can to ensure comfort and safety for wheelchair/pram users.
We have designated disabled parking as close to the event as possible, please see FAQ below. In addition, toilet areas at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street and George Street will have accessible toilets.
I have a disability. Where can I park nearby to attend Sma’ Shot Day?
Please be aware that some roads in and around the town centre will be closed ahead of this event. Blue Badge parking spaces are available at the following locations:
Piazza Shopping Centre, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL
Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2AP
Is there an accessible area where I can see the stage from?
There is no specific viewing platform for the Main Stage for this event.
Where can I find an accessible toilet?
Accessible toilets will be available at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street and George Street.
What support is available at the event for those with additional support needs?
A Sensory Safe Space will be available inside St Matthew’s Church from 12 noon to 5pm.
This will be a quiet space specially created for individuals with ASN and feature arts and crafts, musical instruments and lighting, gentle music and soft seating.
Support workers from Disability Resource Centre will be on hand to assist in the space.
Are there toilets?
Toilets will be available at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street and George Street.
Where is the nearest ATM?
If you need to get some cash there are a few ATM Cash Machines within easy reach of the event site. They can be found on Storie Street, St Mirren Brae and Paisley High Street.