PAISLEY EVENTS

 

EVERY TWO WEEKS

 

PAISLEY FARMER'S MARKET - Paisley's excellent Farmers' Market, managed by Ayrshire Farmers' Market Co-operative, takes place on the second and last Saturdays of every month by the Cenotaph, at the corner of Moss and High Streets. A wide range of fresh, locally produced foods is available, from honey, home baking and cheese to fish, beef, lamb, vegetables and eggs. The market opens at 9.00 am and closes at 1.30 pm although stalls may be sold out earlier. For a calendar of dates, please see www.ayrshirefarmersmarket.co.uk.

 

ST MIRREN PARK - This is the home to Scotland's Under 21 international matches, and the home of Scottish Championship team St. Mirren. For details of forthcoming matches and obtaining tickets, please see www.saintmirren.net.

 

APRIL

 

PAISLEY BEER FESTIVAL - Since 1987 the Paisley Beer Festival has been held annually in late April, and is held inside Paisley Town Hall.

It is Scotland's largest beer festival, attracting around 4,000 visitors to the town. With around 170 draught beers, cider, perry and mead from the UK and further afield, there's a taste for everyone. In 2009 20,000 pints of beer were consumed. There is usually local and Continental catering available, and live bands. The 2016 festival ran 20th-23rd April. www.paisleybeerfestival.org.uk.

 

MAY

 

BRITISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - The first pipe band major championship of 2016 was held at Paisley on the 21st May. The venue is the St James Playing Field area, just off the M8. The competition is secured until 2018.

 

 

JULY

 

SMA' SHOT FESTIVAL - The annual textile works' outing, known as Sma' Shot day, was traditionally held on the first Saturday in July. The excursion and the day's holiday was a privilege won by all workers at the Paisley thread mills. It is now a day of celebration to mark a significant victory by the workers over their employers, or 'Corks' in 1856. The Charleston drum, reputedly carried at the Battle of Waterloo leads a march through the streets, and ends with the torching of a 'Cork' in top hat at Abbey Close. Sma' Shot Day 2016 was held on Saturday 2nd July.

 

PAISLEY PIPE BAND COMPETITION - Local and national pipe bands visit Paisley for the annual Paisley Vision Trophy. This event is generally seen as a warm-up for the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow. Bands practice along Gilmour Street and High Street, with the competition running from noon to 4pm in County Square, by Paisley Gilmour Street station. The 2016 competiton was held on Saturday 23rd July.

 

AUGUST

 

FIRE ENGINE RALLY - The Festival of Fire began in 2009 and celebrates the West of Scotland's proud fire fighting heritage. Every July dozens of fire fighting vehicles, some over a century old, are on display in the town centre. A rally begins from the Canal Street Fire Station, and is headed by a pipe band to county Square. However, since 2014 the festival has been held in Johnstone’s Houstoun Square. The 2016 festival was held on Saturday 13th August.

 

THE PAISLEY 10K RUN & FUN RUN - The annual 10 kilometre run starts and finishes on Gilmour Street and is usually attended by around 2,500 runners, as well as hundreds in the 2.5km fun run. The 2016 run was held on Sunday 21st August.

For more details please see www.renfrewshireleisure.com