Fèis Phàislig Online gives young people aged 5-18 the opportunity to learn traditional music and Gaelic at home this summer.

Fèis Phàislig will host their first ever online courses this July with short courses created by some of Scotland’s best traditional musicians and tutors.

With their annual Fèis Week, a 4 day camp of come-and-try workshops, unable to take place this summer, Fèis Phàislig have developed an exciting new resource that can be used at home.

There are lessons available for young people at all levels with courses developed for early years, complete beginners, improvers and more advanced young musicians. Participants can develop skills in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, singing and more – there really is something for everyone.

Grant McFarlane, Fèis Coordinator, says, “We are really excited about this new project for 2020 – our first ever online range of classes will give young people all across Scotland, and potentially even further, the chance to join our community and learn some fun new skills at home. Our tutors are working hard on developing some brilliant content for young people at home which can be accessed anytime, anywhere!”

Access to Fèis Online is only £40 per household – a one-time payment that allows participants to access and keep all lessons forever.  This fee has been subsidised by Fèis Phàislig as they aim to keep access open to as many families as possible. A number of funded places are available for those who have free school meal entitlement.

You can find more information and sign-up through their website.

Everyone’s gearing up for the first ever Virtual St Vincent’s Hospice Car Fest!

This year’s event had to be moved online rather then hosted in Paisley town centre due to the restrictions in place to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping everyone safe is the top priority of everyone at Paisley First, St Vincent’s Hospice and Bills Automotive Detailing.

But CarFest is a family favourite in Paisley’s events calendar so the team have decided to hold a virtual event instead!

Join in on Saturday 20 June from 10am on Paisley First’s Facebook page as they highlight all the classic cars that were due to be on display at this year’s event, as well as promoting many of our fantastic Paisley town centre businesses!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy and vote for your favourites, all in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice!

 

More virtual event fun!

Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day returns on Saturday 4 July – but not as you know it.

For the first time a full programme of online events and activities will take place to celebrate this historic date in the town’s calendar.

You can see the programme here.

But, have you ever thought “what is the Sma’ Shot?”

Well, the traditional Sma’ Shot holiday in Paisley takes its name from a famous dispute between the local shawl weavers and manufacturers in the 19th century. At the height of their powers in the mid-19th century, there were more than 7,000 weavers in the town.

The ‘invisible’ Sma’ Shot is the stitch that bound the Paisley Pattern shawls. It was a fine weft yarn, woven into famous shawls by the weavers – but the manufacturers, known locally as ‘corks’, refused to pay for the thread.

In 1856, following a long dispute, the manufacturers backed down and an agreement was reached to pay for the Sma’ Shot with a new table of prices published on July 1 1856.

There was also a custom at that time for workers to go on an annual outing one Saturday during the summer.

The Paisley weavers’ practice was to take this holiday and go on a trip on the first Saturday in July. Many weaver’s wives and daughters working in the thread mills naturally asked to have their own holiday on the same day.

In 1856, the annual holiday happened three days after the weavers’ Sma’ Shot victory. They gathered from each weaving district to the ‘tuck of the drum’ and marched with bands and banners, to the railway station, before departing with their families for destinations such as the seaside, known locally as “doon the watter”.

While this year’s Sma’ Shot Day is being marked in a different way in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event will still celebrate this important date in the town’s history, as well as our fantastic key workers who are supporting us all during this unprecedented time.

Take a closer look at the amazing online activities taking place at this year’s event by clicking on our event page below…

I think what makes Paisley great is our history. We have the Abbey, the mills, the Paisley Pattern and some great architecture. We have great heritage in music with the Tannahill Weavers and other great singers.

Phyllis Arthur
What's Our Story?

You don’t have to be a Proclaimer and walk 500 miles … we’re only asking for 48!

Are you up for the challenge during your daily exercise?

The team at Renfrewshire Leisure are challenging you and your household to walk 48 miles in four weeks throughout the month of June.

(Why 48 miles? Because that’s the total distance of the boundary of Renfrewshire…walk that far, and you can say you’ve walked the whole of Renfrewshire!)

Walking is great activity, whether you are young or older, and it’s good for both mental and physical health.

Whilst practising social distancing at all times, we challenge you to walk as far as you can – may it be around your garden if you are currently shielding, or around your local area where government guidelines allow.

This is not a competition or a race – it’s a personal challenge!

 

Click on this link to sign up and take part:

Renfrewshire Leisure Walking Challenge

Get ready for a bumper weekend of activities across Renfrewshire.

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival comes to a close on Saturday, so make sure you don’t miss some of the fantastic events taking place before the big finale.

Plus, with sports, family fun and adventure trails (weather permitting) there’s so much for everyone to enjoy over the next few days.

Take a look at what’s on with our handy guide – and make sure to keep a regular eye on the Paisley.is website for all the goings-on across Renfrewshire.

 

Glasgow Clan v Manchester Storm – Braehead Arena – Friday – 7:30pm

Glasgow Clan take on Manchester Storm at Braehead Arena tonight in one of the biggest games of the ice hockey season so far. The race for the EIHL playoffs is hotting up with four teams battling to make the final eight – and there’s only five points between Manchester in 7th and the Fife Flyers in 10th. Don’t miss this 7:30pm face-off. Tickets are available at the link below:

https://clanihc.com/tickets/game-day-tickets/

 

Alan Bissett presents…Chris McQueer – Callum’s Cavern – Friday – 9pm

Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings – his debut book, now a BBC Scotland series – as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova. Catch him at Callum’s Cavern in Paisley tonight – ticket link below:

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599492

 

Paisley Book Walk with Jules Verne – Paisley Abbey – Various times

Travel through time with intrepid explorer Jules Verne and discover Paisley’s secret past. Explore the very start of the written word, all the way through to a mysterious, ghost-filled graveyard. This immersive experience will surprise and delight all ages. After booking via the link below, you will receive instructions and a tour map via email.

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599499

 

Spring Scavenger Hunt – RSPB Lochwinnoch – Sunday – 10am – 4pm

If the weather looks good on Sunday, why not head out and enjoy the stunning sights at RSPB Lochwinnoch – but with a difference! This weekend you can explore the reserve’s woodland trail and see how many items you can find on a fascinating scavenger hunt. Perfect for families, you can do it at your own pace and in your own time. Just pop into the visitor centre any time and the friendly staff will get you started.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-475657

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival got underway this week for 10 days of fantastic events for all ages to enjoy.

The colourful and diverse programme will see acclaimed authors from across the UK take part in panel discussions, storytelling, workshops, masterclasses, live performances and much more.

In this special What’s On guide, we take a closer look at some of the great events taking place during the first weekend of the Festival.

Plus, you can see the full line-up here.

 

They Felt the Fear and Did it Anyway – POP at Piazza – Saturday – 11am

One for the kids! Squeaker the wood mouse doesn’t let the overbearing grouse change him into someone he’s not. Cameron the capercaillie can’t dance but he learns to feel the fear and do it anyway. And Rosie the Crime Squirrel Investigator is determined to discover who ate her nuts. Join author and CBeebies screenwriter Emily Dodd for songs, stories, science and a water squirting squirrel. Book places at the link below.

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599478

 

Janice Galloway: Transfiguring the Commonplace – Paisley Arts Centre – Saturday – 7pm

Since the publication of her debut novel The Trick Is To Keep Breathing thirty years ago, Janice Galloway’s lyrical, radical voice has cut through Scottish culture. She talks to Kirstin Innes about her life, work, and anything else that takes her fancy. Tickets available at the link below.

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599071

 

 

Showcase Sunday – Paisley Central Library – Sunday – 10am – 4pm

Pop into Paisley Central Library, where a whole day of fun family activities will be taking place, challenging your preconceptions of what goes into a library. Don’t miss Dip into Digital workshops, Virtual Reality sessions, Bookbug songs and rhymes, and crafts and storytelling abound. This is a free, drop in event.

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599482

 

Nikesh Shukla – Paisley Arts Centre – Sunday – 7pm

Nikesh Shukla is the author of books including Meatspace, Run, Riot and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant. Join Nikesh in conversation with Lisa Williams, of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event. Tickets available at the link below.

https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173599074

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival begins this week with 10 days of fantastic events and activities for all ages.

Based around the central theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories, the Festival will take inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals and explore how we can honour their challenging ideas and vibrant energy.

The colourful and diverse programme will see acclaimed writers from across the UK taking part in discussion panels, masterclasses, workshops, storytelling, performances and much more.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of events taking place over the 10 days – but we’ve picked out five that you definitely won’t want to miss.

 

 

Nikesh Shukla

Image of Nikesh Shukla, who will be at Paisley Book Festival

Sun 23 Feb

7pm-8.30pm

Paisley Arts Centre

£10/£6

Buy your tickets now

The author of books including Meatspace, Run, Riot and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant. Join Nikesh in conversation with Jay G Ying, co-founder of the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event.

 

 

The Fountain’s Evening of Rebel Poetry

Image of Hollie McNish, who will be performing at The Fountain's Evening at Paisley Book Festival

Thurs 27 Feb

7pm-8.30pm

Paisley Arts Centre

£12/£8

Buy your tickets now

The Fountain introduces some of the UK’s finest poetry, including Michael Pedersen reading from his recent collection Oyster, plus new works; Sarah Stewart with her publication Glisk; and Hollie McNish, who shares openly from her latest work, not for the faint-hearted. Wash it all down with a refreshing G&T from Isle of Harris Distillery.

 

 

Alan Bissett presents…Chris McQueer

Fri 28 Feb

9pm-10pm

Calum’s Cavern

£10/£6

Buy your tickets now

Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings – his debut book, now a BBC Scotland series – as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova.

 

 

Paisley Book Walk with Jules Verne

Paisley Arts Centre

Sat 29 Feb

10am-11am, 12pm-1pm, 4pm-5pm, 6pm-7pm

Meet outside Paisley Abbey

£10/£8 (under 12s go FREE)

Buy your tickets now

Travel through time with intrepid explorer Jules Verne and discover Paisley’s secret past. Explore the very start of the written word, all the way through to a mysterious, ghost-filled graveyard. This immersive experience will surprise and delight all ages. After booking, you will receive instructions and a tour map via email.

 

 

Alan Bissett presents…Kevin P. Gilday, Magi Gibson & Imogen Stirling

Image of Magi Gibson, who will be at the Paisley Book Festival

Sat 29 Feb

4.30pm-5.30pm

Bull Inn

£10/£6

Buy your tickets now

Catch three of Scotland’s brightest poetic talents! Kevin P. Gilday is one half of duo Sonnet Youth and acclaimed in his own right. Magi Gibson has been a mainstay of the scene for nearly thirty years and continues to inspire. They’re joined by award-winning slam champ Imogen Stirling in a unusual, intimate event.

See the full line-up

Check out more fantastic events in Paisley

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Join us for this week’s What’s On guide with lots of fantastic options, whether you’re looking to make some last-minute plans with your other half or spend some time with friends and family.

Scroll down to see just some of the exciting things to do across Renfrewshire over the next few days.

 

Public skating at intu Braehead – Now until 1 April

Still looking for something romantic to do this Valentine’s Day? After treating your partner at the shopping centre, why not hold hands and enjoy some romantic ice skating at intu Braehead’s fantastic ice rink. Skating sessions are available throughout the day and they’re suitable for skaters of all abilities. Plus, they’re also perfect for families and friends looking for a fun day out or a break from the shops. Click the link below to find out more.

https://www.braehead-arena.co.uk/shop/public-skating/

 

 

Glasgow Clan v Guildford Fire – intu Braehead Arena – Saturday – 7pm

If you fancy adding some spice to your Valentine’s weekend, then enjoy some red-hot ice hockey action with the Glasgow Clan. It’s a huge game in the race for the playoffs as Clan welcome Guildford Flames to Braehead Arena on Saturday. Clan games are famous for their electric atmosphere – and you can be part of the singing, chanting, drumming and flag waving at the 7pm face-off. Click the link below for ticket availability.

https://clanihc.com/tickets/game-day-tickets/

 

 

Tannahill Weavers – Paisley Arts Centre – Saturday – 7:30pm

Taking their name from Paisley’s historic weaving industry and local poet, Robert Tannahill, this is traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. This is one concert not to be missed at Paisley Arts Centre!

https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/the-tannahill-weavers-2020/

 

 

Sunday Continental – Paisley Arts Centre – Sunday – 11am

There’s nothing better than a laid back, easy Sunday morning – and Sunday Continental at Paisley Arts Centre provides just that! Head along to the cafe area to enjoy live music, great chat and some tasty refreshments. This month, you’ll be treated to music from the fantastic Okapi Duo, who will be performing a mix of flute/classical guitar. Find out more below.

https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/sunday-continental/

Valentine’s Day is upon us and the less-prepared amongst us will be scrambling around trying to find a gift for our better halves.

With restaurant tables and special Valentine’s themed events likely to be fully booked, the task of planning something special is now almost impossible, isn’t it?

Well, not exactly. There are a range of quirky places to visit, gifts to buy and romantic things to do in Paisley and Renfrewshire to make your Valentine’s Day a success.

So, don’t panic – just scroll down and see some helpful last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas that’ll have you covered.

 

Grab the perfect gift

Valentine's Day

If you’re still looking to buy a special gift for your partner, then look no further than Renfrewshire. The area is home to a number of fantastic boutique shops where you can grab unique keepsakes, including the InCube Shop, which is home to beautiful jewellery, accessories, prints, fashion, hats and even bridal accessories, and The White Cart Co, whose motto is “gifting a little bit of love”.

Find out more about some of these stores here.

 

A spa day treat?

Pampering essentials in a spa with a young woman in the background

What better way to treat your loved one than with the pure indulgence of a spa day? Get away from the daily grind and enjoy some rest and recuperation as one of these fantastic places to choose from in Renfrewshire. Plus, if they’re fully booked on Valentine’s Day, why not plan for another date or even buy some vouchers to enjoy a five-star luxury spa experience?

See the range of spas and offers here.

 

Soar at intu Braehead

Enjoy date night with a range of activities at Soar at intu Braehead. From a romantic evening of ice skating to dinner and a film, there’s lots for you both to enjoy. Plus, if you fancy a more adventurous Valentine’s Day, then why not try out some indoor climbing or take to the slopes for some skiing at Snow Factor?

Take a closer look here.

 

Adventure seeking at The Experience

Go karting at The Experience

Another one for the adventure seekers – race along to The Experience in Hillington. Whizz around the fantastic indoor electric karting track, challenge each other to a laser tag duel and enjoy a tasty treat at the Refuel Café restaurant – winner of VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best award.

Find out more here.

Paisley has an understated beauty. Paisley is the confident, attractive character in the room that doesn’t need to shout about it but still lets you know it’s there. Paisley is a great walking town and you are always likely to discover something new in the streets whether you are exploring for five minutes or five hours.

Gary Chittick
Photographer

Celebrate the school half term break in style with an action-packed weekend of activities across Renfrewshire.

From half term fun days, amazing sports and events to spectacular stage shows, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy over the next few days.

 

Glasgow Clan v Manchester Storm – intu Braehead Arena – Saturday – 7pm

Get ready to ‘Rave the Rink’ this Saturday as Glasgow Clan welcome the Manchester Storm to Braehead Arena. If you haven’t experienced it, the electric atmosphere of Clan’s home games makes for a thrilling occasion. Plus, tickets are still available for the chance to be part of the singing, chanting, drumming and flag waving in the famous Section N. Check the ticket link below for availability.

https://clanihc.com/tickets/game-day-tickets/

 

February half term fun – Soar at intu Braehead – Saturday 8 – Tuesday 11 February

If you’re heading to the ice hockey, make sure to stop by Soar at intu Braehead for lots of free family fun this February half term. Enjoy science-inspired activities and demonstrations from 12noon – 5pm on Saturday 8 – Tuesday 11 February. Kids and adults can learn all about the science which goes on around us with experiments, including cloud, lava lamp and hot air balloon making. Find out more at the link below.

https://intu.co.uk/braehead/events/february-half-term-fun

 

Fault Lines – Paisley Arts Centre – Saturday – 7.30pm

Experience a fashion show like no other! Navigate your own path through a performance featuring five strong women from different walks of life. Using your mobile and headphones, choose between music and stories, offering contrasting positions on the parade of costumes and identities on stage. Curate your own journey through a runway show of people like you, with a soundtrack selected by you. Click the link below for ticket availability.

https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/fault-lines/

 

Guided Wildlife Walk – RSPB Lochwinnoch – Sunday 9 February –

Learn all about the amazing animals that live in the local area with a fascinating Guided Wildlife Walk at RSPB Lochwinnoch. The experienced guides will take you on a stroll around the nature reserve, sharing their knowledge and pointing out the interesting wildlife to be found. Aimed at all levels of experience, this two-hour stroll focuses on seasonal highlights and is designed to help take your nature knowledge to the next level.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-475651