Whats On in Renfrewshire

Our What's On section aims to be the one stop comprehensive guide to find out what's on in Renfrewshire. From events, classes and clubs to car boot sales, live music and theatre performances, click on our calendar to filter by activity, day or time.

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Tea Dance
15 Jan 2020 - 17 Jun 2020

Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, music and chatting with friends. John Findlay will keep you entertained all afternoon playing a series of timeless tunes on the keyboard.

Pop Up Poetry Shop
20,22 & 28 February 10am-12pm

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

Pop Up Poetry Shop Fairfull Cafe
21,24,26 & 29 February 1pm-3pm

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

365: Stories and Music
21st-29th February 10am-5pm

Drop in to experience this very special sound installation of contemporary Scottish stories and music by acclaimed author James Robertson and musician Aidan O’Rourke (of Lau). Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, this is an epic built on the beauty of the miniature. A collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.

Jenny's Well Press presents: Writers and Rebellion
23 Feb 5.30pm-6.30pm

Literature often embodies rebellion as a cultural response to events that are happening in society. Renfrewshire’s only independent publisher, Jenny’s Well Press, presents five Scottish writers – Jim Ferguson, Fiona Lindsay, Tracy Patrick, Dave Manderson and Carl MacDougall – whose fictional characters go against the grain.

Confessions of a Rebel Crime Writer with Alex Gray and Caro Ramsay
24th Feb 7.30pm-8.30pm

Two Scottish crime writers discuss the secrets behind their novels, revealing forensic research and confessing the quirks and strange stories surrounding their profession. Alex Gray, author of Five Ways to Kill a Man and co-founder of Bloody Scotland joins Caro Ramsay, author of the acclaimed Anderson & Costello series.

Creative Writing with Open Book
25th Feb 11am-1pm

Join Open Book lead reader Lesley Macniven for an informal session of reading fiction and poetry together, followed by some easy creative writing prompts in response to our discussion. Plus a chance to sign up for this evening's Open Mic session. All welcome!

Relaxed Open Mic with Open Book
25th Feb 5pm-6.30pm

Calling local writers to take part in a relaxed open mic session, inspired by the festival’s theme Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, and led by the Open Book creative writing group that runs regularly in Paisley Central Library. Limited sign-up slots available on the night.

We Are Paisley Radicals!
25th February - 7.30pm-9pm

Fundamental Conduit are an exciting project based in Paisley, mixing spoken word, music and performance. In this thought-provoking event, you will hear stories about Paisley radicals and some of the key moments in this inspiring history, reflecting on local radicalism and rebellion within our current political climate.

Bookbug in the Bath (Gaelic)
26 Feb - 10.30am-11.10am

*LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE* Dive in for a sing and a splash with Bookbug in the bath in Gaelic. Please be pool-side 5 minutes before the session starts so as not to miss a single splosh! In association with Scottish Book Trust.

Shark In The Park
26th Feb 11am & 1:30pm

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope –but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ - see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on Stage!

Bookbug in the Bath (English)
26 Feb - 11.30am-12.10am

*SOLD OUT* Dive in for a sing and a splash with Bookbug in the bath in English. Please be pool-side 5 minutes before the session starts so as not to miss a single splosh! In association with Scottish Book Trust.

Favourite Fictional Rebels
26th Feb - 5.30pm-6.30pm

Join Teaching Fellows from The Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh as they discuss their favourite rebellious characters from literature and ask you to share your own. From characters behaving badly to subtle acts of dissent, together we aim to create our very own Rebel Reading List.

Writing Queer Identities with Dean Atta & Eris Young
26 Feb - 7pm-8pm

Hear from acclaimed poet and spoken word performer Dean Atta, whose debut novel The Black Flamingo is a bold coming of age story following a mixed-race gay teen, and writer-in-residence at Lighthouse Books Eris Young, whose new book They/Them/Their is a guide to non-binary and genderqueer identities. Chaired by Laurie Brown.

Glasgow Women's Library Story Cafe: Radical Women
27 Feb - 2pm-4pm

Sit back, relax and listen to stories and poems that celebrate poets, writers and fighters - the radical women, from Jane Arthur and the thread mill workers to women campaigning for equality in publishing today. Rediscover the joy of being read to and enjoy tea and scones! In partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library and ROAR.

The Fountain's Evening of Rebel Poetry
27th Feb - 7pm-8.30pm

The Fountain introduces some of the UK’s finest poetry, including Michael Pedersen reading from his recent collection Oyster, plus new works; Sarah Stewart with her publication Glisk; and Hollie McNish, who shares openly from her latest work, not for the faint-hearted. Wash it all down with a refreshing G&T from Isle of Harris Distillery.

The Secret Garden
Friday 28 February 2020 10:30:00

When Mary arrives from far away to live with her uncle, everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too! Mary is grumpy and difficult…and also very lonely. That all changes when she happens upon a mysterious garden that has been locked and hidden away for years. There, she discovers wonders and magic that she never imagined possible.

Jackie Kay
28 Feb 2020 - 5pm-6pm

Join us for an hour of poetry and entertainment with the Scots Makar and author of award-winning publications Jackie Kay, who’ll be reading poems on the festival’s theme of Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, including some new work inspired by the American performer and international activist Paul Robeson.

Janet Coats Memorial Prize Award Ceremony
28 Feb 2020 - 7.15pm-8.30pm

Paisley Book Festival’s theme this year is Radical Voices and Rebel Stories and, motivated by the voices and actions of radical young people on climate change we are celebrating poetry on this issue. Join this year's shortlist for the announcement of both the Adult and Under 18s winners of the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.

Alan Bissett presents...Chris McQueer
28 Feb 2020 - 9pm-10pm

Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings – his debut book, now a BBC Scotland series – as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova.

Paisley Book Walk with Jules Verne
29 Feb - 10:00, 11:00, 16:00, 18:00

Travel through time with intrepid explorer Jules Verne and discover Paisley’s secret past through the eyes of literature’s heroes. Explore the abbey, and the very start of the written word, all the way through to a mysterious graveyard filled with ghosts. This immersive theatrical experience will surprise and delight all ages.

Fierce, Fearless and Free with Lari Don
Saturday 29 February 2020 12:00:00

Lari Don introduces Fierce Fearless & Free, her new collection of myths and legends about girls who escape ogres, defeat dragons, save villages, and never wait for a prince to save them. Come and hear about where she found these tales, why they are important and how they can inspire new stories.

Alan Bissett presents...Tom Leonard's Radical Renfrew: 30 Years On
Saturday 29 February 2020 13:30:00

In 1990, Tom Leonard – one of Scotland’s greatest poets and Paisley’s then Writer in Residence – unearthed a monumental collection of working-class poetry from Renfrewshire archives, unread for centuries. Glasgow University’s Professor Gerry Carruthers discusses Radical Renfrew’s influence, thirty years on, and that of the late, great Leonard himself.

Slogan Screen Printing with ReMode
Saturday 29 February 2020 14:00:00

Slogans have always been a popular way of spreading radical ideas. Take part in a hands-on print workshop led by upcycling experts ReMode. Print your own slogan onto recycled material and stitch it up to make a personalised Paisley Book Festival tote-tag.

Fun Lovin' Crime Writers Talk Books
Saturday 29 February 2020 15:00:00

Ahead of their musical performance later on in the evening, the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers share some of their latest work, talk books, and discuss how they manage to fit it all in. Don’t miss this entertaining hour with Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Alan Bissett presents...Kevin P Gilday, Magi Gibson and Imogen Stirling
Saturday 29 February 2020 16:30:00

Catch three of Scotland’s brightest poetic talents! Kevin P. Gilday is one half of duo Sonnet Youth and acclaimed in his own right. Magi Gibson has been a mainstay of the scene for nearly thirty years and continues to inspire. They’re joined by award-winning slam champ Imogen Stirling in an unusual, intimate event.

Festival Finale: Fun Lovin' Crime Writers
29 Feb - 7.30pm-9.30pm

Join us to round off Paisley’s first ever book festival in style with the most literary rock band around, fresh from Glastonbury last summer. Taking to the stage as the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are best-loved authors Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Sign Language Club
Monday 2 March 2020 18:00:00

A six week block of British Sign Language classes held at Paisley Arts Centre taught in a fun and friendly environment, come along to learn the basics or improve your knowledge of BSL.

Blazin' Fiddles
Sunday 8 March 2020 19:30:00

One of today’s foremost Scottish folk acts, Blazin Fiddles combine over 20 years experience with ever-renewed musical appetite, vitality and sophistication.

SAMA's Paisley 2020
13 Mar 2020 & 14 Mar 2020

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA’s) Paisley Takeover two-day music festival returns for its third year. You can expect performances from some of Scotland’s most cutting edge, and innovative artists.

Sunday Continental
Sunday 15 March 2020 11:00:00

A laid back event in the cafe area at Paisley Arts Centre with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play, enjoy! For everyone and anyone aged 0-100+!

Arts and Crafts Fayre
Fri 20 and Sat 21 March

Come along to our arts & crafts fayre featuring stalls with a variety of unique handmade gifts and treats.

20 Mar 2020 & 21 Mar 2020

A new two-day festival of new and exciting live performance taking place at Paisley Arts Centre, offering a platform for creation and development of new work.

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Alasdair Roberts
Monday 23 March 2020 19:00:00

Fresh from his performances at this year's International Celtic Connections Festival we are over the moon to announce Alasdair playing a special show in the intimate auditorium of The Paisley Arts Centre on Monday 23rd March.

Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?
Friday 27 March 2020 19:30:00

The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother.

Roddy Woomble
Sunday 29 March 2020 19:30:00

For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

The Crab Prince
Mon 30 March- Sat 4 April

A beautifully crafted comedy puppet show about friendship, home and the environment.

The Rain Men
Saturday 4 April 2020 19:30:00

Wullie and Harry are two elderly comedians who were once a popular Scottish music hall comedy act known as The Rain Men. After 30 years together, they parted ways on unfriendly terms and have not spoken to each other since.

Paper Moon
6th April 1pm & 3pm

The moonlight is beautiful, shining across the bedroom floor as Poppy Diddle dozes off. But is all as calm as it seems? Suddenly, Poppy wakes up to discover that the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the moon! Poppy’s mission is clear! And she really needs your help to rescue MoonMoo!

Oscar and the Quest for the Underground Princess
Tuesday 7 April 2020 11:00:00

How can a mother mouse keep her son out of mischief? She can’t! Oscar is irresistibly drawn into an underground myth when he receives a mysterious riddle to solve. Martin, a prince in the mole kingdom, needs Oscar’s help to find the beautiful Princess Emily.

Printing Paisleys- Family Pattern and Print Workshops
Tuesday 7th,and 14th April, Thursday 9th and 16th April and Saturday 4th April 2020. 1pm to 2.30pm

Join us this Easter for a FREE, fun, family workshop at Paisley: The Secret Collection, taking inspiration from our Paisley Pattern collections to create your very own print pattern on cloth.

Gingerbread Man
Tuesday 7 April 2020 13:30:00

Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits: trees, houses and stars in the sky. Into this beautiful world comes a Gingerbread Man, creating havoc wherever he goes. He meets a majestic cow, a stubborn goat and an opportunistic bird. But... can the Gingerbread Man outwit the dastardly Fox?

Mini Museum Explorers Session @ No.9 Paisley: The Secret Collection
Wednesday 8th and 15th April 10am- 11am

Come and explore Paisley Museums Collections at No.9, Paisley: The Secret Collection with Explorer Ted, the teddy bear and take part in a FREE interactive session featuring storytelling, object handling, songs, and rhymes. Sessions last approximately 60 minutes.

Hopeful Monster
Wednesday 8 April 2020 11:00:00

Constantly shifting and changing, human hands move and morph in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures as we journey through water, earth and air. A story of survival and struggle, of connection and transformation and a reminder of the playfulness of living. After all, we humans are animals too.

Very Mild Peril
Wednesday 8 April 2020 14:00:00

Towers might fall, eggs could smash, marbles will roll…but disaster can be avoided, with your help! Very Mild Peril is a series of playful, interactive stories told without words, for minor and major thrill-seeks of all ages.

Nettles in the Garden
Thursday 9 April 2020 10:00:00

Springing out from an old brown suitcase, come and see a magical garden bloom to life! Join Greta Green Thumb the Gardening Clown, and her pal Nettles as they discover the wonder and adventures to be had within nature. Witness mischief-makers messing, monkey-business brewing and shenanigans shimozzling!

Easter Fun Day
Saturday 11 April 2020 10:30:00

Come along for a fun day of activities including circus themed activities, arts & crafts, face painting and much much more! Includes a screening of Tim Burton’s Dumbo (PG). Film screenings at 11am and 1.30pm

Like Animals
Friday 17 April 2020 19:30:00

Like Animals is a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in human (and not-so-human) relationships.

Sma'sh Hits All Dayer
18 April (TBC)

Co-curated by local musicians, including Marie Collins from The Vegan Leather, the event will be a celebration and discovery of local talent, with an emphasis on community and nurturing Paisley’s music scene.

Sunday Continental
Sunday 19 April 2020 11:00:00

A laid back event in the cafe area at Paisley Arts Centre with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play, enjoy! For everyone and anyone aged 0-100+!

Paisley Food and Drink Festival
Friday 24 April 2020 16:00:00

The very best of street food, cooking demonstrations, foodie fun for children and the popular Renfrewshire CAMRA beer tent.

Friday 24 April 2020 19:30:00

Lullaby follows on from Rutherford’s projects KIN and Broth, and looks at family, ageing and the children she never had. Adding the voices of other middle-aged women who never reproduced, this film and live performance explores the personal and public aspects of this emotionally loaded terrain.

Arcade – Heidi Talbot and Adam Holmes
Sunday 26 April 2020 19:30:00

For the first time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material together.

Tuesday 28 April 2020 19:30:00

Worn is an exquisite and emotive new dance production, exploring how the body is affected by time and space, and the experiences, marks and scars that become part of our history and affect our present as well as our possible futures.

Islets of Silence (The C Word)
2nd May 2:30pm & 7:30pm

The Gourley’s are a typical Glasgow family. Husband, wife son and daughter. Life is good to them until one of them is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Their world is turned upside down. Yet, as in life, there is always hope. The main message throughout this play is to raise awareness of this silent killer.

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Learning To Fly
Saturday 9 May 2020 15:00:00

Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, this is the story of a girl who doesn’t fit in, a girl who’s learning to fly. Washed up on a tiny island, engulfed in rubbish, she studies the birds, her only companions and begins to work out her escape.


Into the Blue
Saturday 9 May 2020 19:30:00

Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, Into the blue asks how do we negotiate adulthood when our childhood was bereft of love. And how, for many, it is the power of imagination and sheer determination that lets them fly when the world around is dragging them down.

Acoustic Queen and Acoustic Bowie
Saturday 16 May 2020 19:30:00

Two Edinburgh Fringe award winning shows in one two-hour concert.

Sunday Continental
Sunday 17 May 2020 11:00:00

A laid back event in the cafe area at Paisley Arts Centre with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play, enjoy! For everyone and anyone aged 0-100+!

The Metamorphosis Unplugged
Wednesday 20 May 2020 19:30:00

A theatre show with live music that tells the story of Gregor Samsa, an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a giant insect.

British Pipe Band Championships
Saturday 23 May 2020 10:00:00

Enjoy the sight and sound of over 4,000 pipers and drummers compete for some of the most prestigious titles in the bagpiping world.

The History of Rock
Saturday 23 May 2020 19:00:00

THE HISTORY OF ROCK is a celebration of ROCK music through the decades. A jaw dropping night transporting you through the golden ages of ROCK! Featuring the music of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Queen and many more.

Though This Be Madness
Sunday 24 May 2020 19:30:00

One of them is bouncing on a Pilates ball in The Land of Lounge Room – a recovering mum and love-struck, sleep-deprived teat desperate to soothe her baby – so she can finish her sentence and tell you all this.

MZA Sneaky Previews 2020
12 June & 13 June 7:30pm

They're back! Don’t miss the hilarious all-star Edinburgh Fringe Sneak Peek Previews. Past guests have included Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Mark Nelson and more - don't miss out!

Barshaw Gala Day
Saturday 20 June 2020 12:00:00

You know summer is here when the bunting goes up and Barshaw Park gets set to host its annual gala day bash!

Sunday Continental
Sunday 21 June 2020 11:00:00

A laid back event in the cafe area at Pop Community Space with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play, enjoy! For everyone and anyone aged 0-100+!


Funbox present...Jungle Party!
21st June - 1pm and 3.30pm

Join Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle) as they swing into their latest musical adventure and follow the sound of the drums in search of the ultimate jungle boogie. There are songs to sing, keys to find and new friends to discover along the way.

Underwood Lane
25 Jun 2020 — 28 Jun 2020

*LIMITED TICKETS LEFT ON SAT EVENING* Brilliantly funny and packed with iconic songs from the early sixties played live by a cast of ten actor/musicians under the musical direction of Hilary Brooks (Sunshine on Leith, Glasgow Girls), Underwood Lane, designed by John himself alongside Becky Minto, promises to be a very special production for all lovers of Scottish theatre.

Sma' Shot Day
Saturday 4 July 2020 12:00:00

Celebrate a famous victory for the weavers with this traditional event which is unique to Paisley.

Polar Bears Go Go Go!
5th July 2020 - 11am & 2pm

The Polar Bears are back with another adventure and this time they are off on their holidays. What could go wrong? Join the very lovable but slightly hapless duo as they set off on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles?

Twirlywoos LIVE!
Thursday 16 July 2020 13:00:00

From the producers of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" comes another enchanting show for young audiences. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surpirses as the Twirlywoos share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry, the show includes all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.

Sunday Continental
Sunday 19 July 2020 11:00:00

A laid back event in the cafe area at Pop Community Space with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play, enjoy! For everyone and anyone aged 0-100+!

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally
Saturday 8 August 2020 11:00:00

Nee-naw, nee-naw! Sound the alarm...the Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone!






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