Renfrewshire Council

Great events this spring and summer

It's starting to hot up in Renfrewshire with a host of spectacular events taking place this spring and summer.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Friday 26 - Saturday 27 April

This two-day event will see more than 30 traders and vendors showcase the very best produce and street food from across Scotland.

This year's festival will also see the addition of a dedicated vegan and vegetarian zone, tasting sessions with Gin 71, interactive workshops, live music and much more.

Organisers are teaming up with Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to host a dedicated Beer Tent at the event with a range of craft conditioned ales and craft beers available.

British Pipe Band Championships

Saturday 18 May

Paisley has won the rights to host the British Pipe Band Championships - one of the most prestigious events in the world piping calendar - until 2021, having also hosted the event for the past three years.

Up to 130 pipe bands will compete at this year's championships at St James Playing Fields. 

Thousands are expected to attend this year's event, which will also feature a Highland Games, family entertainment and a Food and Drink Village.

Event organisers Renfrewshire Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will also be teaming up with McGill's to provide a free shuttle bus service to take spectators to and from the event.

Sma' Shot Day

Saturday 6 July


This annual holiday takes its name from a famous dispute between the local shawl weavers and manufacturers in the 19th century - and is held on the first Saturday in July to mark the time of year when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The traditional Sma' Shot parade will make its way from Brodie Park to Paisley town centre, with this year's activities taking place around Paisley Arts Centre, Witherspoon Street and Shuttle Street - where the town's historic Sma' Shot Cottages can be found.

And don't forget...

The annual Renfrew and Barshaw Gala Days will also take place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 22 June. 

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