Diane Mitchell Music School
Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Founder Diane’s passion has always been music and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. Take a tour around her music school for children and test your knowledge of Madonna, Meatloaf and more with a special music quiz.
Lagoon Leisure Centre
11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB
Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Have a splashing good time exploring Paisley’s largest leisure centre.
Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, 12.30pm – 3.45pm
Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart, Paisley Abbey has stood on Abbey Close since 1163. Step inside to discover royal tombs, immense stained glass windows and the 10th century Barochan Cross. Regular tours of the tower will also run on Saturday (please note there is a small charge for this) 10am – 4pm.
Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition
Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL
Saturday, 11.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Scotland’s longest running open art exhibition is going on the road this year! As Paisley Museum is currently undergoing a £42m transformation, Paisley Art Institute’s annual exhibition will instead ‘pop up’ in a brand-new gallery space inside the Piazza Shopping Centre – inside the old Co-op premises for anyone that knows it.
Paisley Arts Centre
New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
For Doors Open Day, Paisley Arts Centre will do what it does best – by putting on a selection of arts, theatre and film activities for visitors, all with an animal theme!
On Saturday, children’s theatre specialists Ipdip will put on two performances of ‘Anonymouse’ (11am & 1pm); a charming multi-sensory story about a shy little mouse who writes poems about living with the seasons as inspired by the book ‘Walden’, by Henry David Thoreau and the way that little children explore the natural world. Tickets cost £2 (+ booking fee) and booking is advisable.
Then on Sunday (12pm – 3pm), you’ll be able to transform yourself into an animal of your choice with help from talented local make up artist Rachel, who specialises in stage looks and special effects.
On both days there will be paper balloon making, 30-minute film screenings of the Aardman classic ‘Creature Comforts’ and British Sign Language taster sessions from 11am – 1pm each day, where you’ll learn how to sign a whole zoo’s worth of animals! Oh and don’t forget to take a fascinating tour of the graveyard outside too.
Paisley: The Secret Collection
9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE
Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm (last admission 2.45pm)
The first publicly accessible museum store on a UK high street, The Secret Collection is home to thousands of objects that reflect Renfrewshire’s rich heritage and culture. Take a tour, discover never-seen-before objects and revisit some old favourites, like Buddy the lion!
Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience
30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Learn the story of Christian Shaw and the Renfrewshire Witch Trials of 1697 which saw seven people found guilty of witchcraft and hung, before being burned on Paisley’s Gallow Green. There will be tours and talks running both Saturday and Sunday, plus costumes to transport you back to the 17th century – don’t forget to bring your camera!
30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Following a £5million restoration in 2017, this category A-listed building is one of Paisley’s architectural highlights. Originally a child welfare clinic – commissioned by Miss Agnes Russell in 1927 in memory of her two brothers – it’s now home to the Invest in Renfrewshire team. Discover more about the Russells with a peek at their official family tree and newspaper articles from 1920s Paisley. P.S… the building is reported to be haunted too!
St Matthew’s Church
Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, 11am – 3pm
The original designs for this spectacular church included a belfry that was never realised due to spiralling costs. But there is a doorway that acts as a special marker for where the belfry would have been. See if you can find it, and if you’re there around 3pm, you’ll also catch the organ recital.
St Mirin’s Cathedral
Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR
Saturday, 7am – 7pm
Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Built in 1932, St Mirin’s is dedicated to the patron saint of Paisley and became a cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Paisley in 1948. It continues to serve as a parish church, with renovations taking place as recently as 2012.
Thomas Coats Memorial Church
High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Formerly a Baptist Church, this gothic revival style building stands proud on the Paisley skyline, identified best by it’s 200ft tall crown steeple. Coats Memorial was designed by architect Hippolyte Jean Blanc with construction completed in 1894 by the Coats family, in memory of Thomas Coats, who died in 1883.