Places to visit

  1. Barshaw Park – Situated in the east end of the town this large park has a great view of Paisley’s landscape. You can take it easy or use the outdoor gym, there is also a large pond, a hidden walled garden.
  2. Saucel Hill – Situated at the junction of Neilston Road and Causeyside Street, this large hill, is close to the hustle and bustle of the busy life with excellent views over the whole town.
  3. Glennifer Braes Country Park – Located at the southern end of the town in Glenburn it is a hit with many visitors, dogwalkers, strollers and nature enthusiasts. not to mention the Car Park in the Sky which stunning views of the whole Clyde Valley.
  4. Oakshaw area of Paisley – This historic area off the High Street, is abundant in fascinating buildings from Meetinghouse Lane, The Wynd, PACE Theatre, The High Church with its famous steeple, The Gaelic Chapel, Thomas Coats Observatory and the old school building of John Neilson makes Oakshaw a must see.
  5. The Statues of Paisley – Paisley has many fascinating statues and each tells the story of a segment of the town’s history, from Paisley’s poet Robert Tannahill and The Coats brothers through to modern-day Scouts statue and lots more. Don’t miss Witherspoon’s statue at the front of The University of the West of Scotland and also our glorious Cenotaph right in the centre of town.
  6. The Sma’ Shot cottages – in Shuttle Street area is a place where you can walk through Paisley’s history. There is so much to see, from the original looms and the cottage set up as a museum of the time, to a relaxing cup of tea from a china cup in the café.
  7. Thomas Coats Observatory – in Oakshaw St, one of Scotland’s oldest observatories looking outwards towards the universe.
  8. Paisley Town Hall – Paisley’s magnificent Town Hall is currently closed for refurbishment. However its grand edifice and magnificent clock tower with a bell made by the same foundry as Big Ben is a masterpiece.
  9. Paisley Abbey – Abbey Close. Dating back to 1163 when it was a Cluniac Monastery, it has been frequented by many Scottish Kings. William Wallace was educated here. This is Paisley’s oldest and most prominent building.
  10. Anchor Mills – Mill Street, right next to the Hamills waterfall on the River Cart which flows right past. This once famous Thread Mill sits at the heart of a complex of buildings still in use. Now renovated as a mix of businesses and private housing. Anchor Mill is usually open to the public once a year on Doors Open Day, with the beautiful atrium being the main attraction.
  11. The Hamills Waterfall – Mentioned above, this is a place so close to the town centre with many fishermen trying their luck in a now healthy river. This is an excellent place for photographs and some peace and quiet.
  12. Town Centre Walk – Follow the Heritage trail and you will be guided around most of the buildings and statues of the town, information on this can be had from the Town Hall.
  13. Woodside Cemetery – The resting place for many of our ancestors, the walk around the cemetery is likely to be an informative look at the stories of people who are now at peace. The Beild is just as you enter the cemetery and is home to the 7th Paisley Scouts in their newly refurbished centre.
  14. Thomas Coats Memorial Church – The Baptist Cathedral of Europe also features on our list of favourites and when you see this Gothic Style building you will see just why. If you know someone who studied at Paisley’s University then they probably had their graduation ceremony here, making this another jewel in Paisley’s visitor attractions.

Young & Emerging Artists & Makers Information Session

Visual Arts & Craft Makers Award

Creative Scotland & Renfrewshire Leisure

Friday 13 September, 12-2pm, POP Space, Unit 34-36, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley

Calling all young and emerging artists and makers based in Renfrewshire!

You are warmly invited to our VACMA information session, delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland. Come along to find out more about the new ‘Young & Emerging Artist/Maker’ strand of this funding scheme. These new awards (of up to £500) will support young creatives to develop their emerging professional practice.

The Creative Scotland presentation, including an open Q&A session will run from 12-1pm. This will be followed by a series of bookable 10-minute one-to-one advice sessions with Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to book in!

Please contact kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk for more information or to book a slot.

Eaten

Sun 15 September 2pm-4pm, Paisley Arts Centre, New Street PA1
2pm £4 + bkg fee*
Suitable for ages 6+

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel McLion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Eaten invites children to the fascinating world of food chains and digestion.

“Big Cuddly and Clever” The Times

The Nearly Men

The Nearly Men Video Games Podcast – live at POP!

Sun 8 September, 2pm, POP, The Piazza, Paisley PA1 1EL

Join the friendly presenters of Scottish video games podcast, The Nearly Men as they record a special episode for the Paisley Youth Arts Festival. Meet likeminded gaming enthusiasts, share your favourite gaming challenges – play retro games and chat to the Nearly Men chaps who played on these consoles first time around!

Zero-Waste Origami Wallet/Purse Making workshop

ReMode

Wed 11th September, 4pm – 6.30pm

POP Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley

Do you have an interest in fashion and creativity? Are you interested in learning about climate change and sustainability?

Join us for this hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to make an origami wallet/purse and also learn about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment and what urgent steps we can take to help stabilize the planet for the future.

All materials supplied – no experience necessary.

Anne Frank

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Fri 13 September, 7pm-8pm

Directed by Jenni Mason

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB book here

“It really is a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart”.

Join the cast of this poignant dramatisation of Anne Frank’s world-famous diary. This will be an intensive, inspiring, powerful and moving performance.

Sad Eyes to Smile With

Ink Asher Kemp

Fri 6 September 2019, 7pm-8pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets £5 book here

A stunning piece of performance poetry by Ink Asher Hemp. Ink is definitely a rising talent to watch in the poetry and theatre scene.

Queer identity plus slam poetry divided by austerity and multiplied by three. It’s odd socks, deadline chasing, ice cream and brown envelopes from the DWP. It’s the days when you can and the days when you can’t and the days when you’re eaten by anger. It’s being hugged so tight you forget how to breathe. It’s listening restlessly and choosing to dream.

This is my view, Edinburgh, from 30 feet up. Sitting on the wall of a multi-story carpark, watching the seagulls, sheltered from the wind by the fabric of society. Home. We are 987,000 lungs… breathing, overthinking, stealing. This one..? it’s for the sisters, for the misters and the binary resisters…welcome 50 minuets without caveats, 50 minuets of answers to the questions society never asked.

Sad Eyes to Smile With had work in progress sharings at Dundee Rep and Waterside Arts Centre in Manchester.

Reviews for 147Hz Can’t Pass:

“strikingly direct… beautiful, sometimes funny and always necessary” Stanza Poetry

*****”Hemp’s delivery and charisma make you burn to know more…”Fringe Guru

Avalanche

PACE Rep Company

Tue 3 September, 7pm-7.45pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets book here

Age: Suitable 12+

No matter how long the winter – spring is sure to follow. A story about journeys, routine, missed moments, pain, irrational thoughts, assumptions, fear, surprising compassion, screens, memories, loneliness, coffee and unlikely friendships. It’s about how we connect with those around us even on the smallest level and the impact we have on others without knowing it. It’s about seasons and change and how nothing ever stays the same. But mostly it’s about hope and how finding those moments of connection make the world a better place.

Little Wings

PACE Rep Company

Tue 3 September 2019, 4.30pm-5.15pm

The Wynd, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DB

Tickets from PACE book here

For as long as she can remember Isabella has had butterflies living inside her tummy. They flutter around every day and she wishes they would go away. One cold night, under the light of the moon, she sees little wings flapping inside her room. A tiny little moth searching for a glow will teach Isabella that she too has wings to grow. Join us on this enchanting journey to help Isabella chase away the butterflies, spread her own wings and soar. A heart-warming story about feelings, flourishing and finding friendships in the strangest of places.