Renfrewshire Council

Sma' Shot Day (Saturday 6 July)

Date: Saturday 6 July

Sma' Shot Day is Paisley's annual celebration of the historic victory of local weavers in a famous dispute.

Sma' Shot Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of each July. This was when weaving families would traditionally take their holiday 'doon the watter'.

Sma' Shot Parade

12pm - 1pm
Starts Brodie Park
Ends Abbey Close

Co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with community groups, performers and musicians, this year's parade returns to Paisley town centre.

Bringing to life the traditional weavers' celebration in honour of their victory, and telling some exciting, undiscovered stories of weavers' past - this year highlighting some of the performers and characters who might have appeared at Paisley Fair at the time.

Abbey Close

12pm - 4pm

Stalls and family friendly entertainment

Main Stage Programme

Shaun Moore, Tannahill Makar

  • 12.10pm-12.40pm: Sharon Martin
  • 12.50pm-1.20pm: Evelyn Laurie
  • 1.30pm-1.45pm: Break for Burning of the Cork
  • 1.45pm-1.55pm: Trade Union speeches
  • 1.55pm-2.15pm: PACE re-enactment
  • 2.15pm-2.30pm: Caitlin Bonner Dance
  • 2.30pm-3pm: RockUs Choir
  • 3pm-4pm: Proposal (cover band)

Burning of the Cork


Preceded by a performance from Shaun Moore

Ludic Acid present

Cat Sith Street Performances



Childrens' Entertainment


Inflatables, face-painting and arts & crafts activities including kite, badge and wand making.

Tea Dance


Methodist Central Halls

Free but ticketed - 35 pairs of tickets available from Paisley Central Library from 27 May.

Sma' Shot Cottages tours

Opening hours: TBC

Browns Lane Makers' Market


Restoration & Creation, Courtyard, Browns Lane

Live music entertainment from local performers from 12pm-4pm

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