Flagship Renfrewshire events set for return

Renfrewshire’s events calendar is set to ramp up as the schedule enjoys a post-covid 2022 return.

A catalogue of live events, organised by Renfrewshire Council, are earmarked throughout the bumper schedule.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is scheduled to return in-person for the first time since 2019, alongside highlights such as The Spree, Paisley Halloween Festival and others.

The return of Renfrewshire’s top attractions was welcomed by Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, who said: “With both Paisley First plans for the year ahead and the confirmation of the council’s events calendar, it’s great to be able to look forward to a full year of town centre events in Paisley once again in 2022.

Popular: Paisley Food and Drink Festival has been a hit in the past
(Image: Renfrewshire Council)

“Our businesses will benefit from the town’s major events taking place over longer periods and being spread across multiple dates, particularly with the large levels of footfall these extended timescales will bring.”

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She added: “Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting these events and local traders we are supporting each other.

“We look forward to working together with Renfrewshire Council on town centre events and activity throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.”

The line-up for the Spree festival 2021 has been announced
The Twilight Sad are previous Spree headliners

The calendar of live entertainment events gets under way this week, as Paisley plays host to About Us, the opening event of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK programme – set to see major celebrations across the UK from tomorrow (March 1) until Sunday, with a public preview tonight (Monday).

It will see Paisley Abbey transformed for a stunning visual and sound experience which will take visitors on a thrilling ride through 13.8 billion years of life, the universe and everything, as part of a five date UK About Us tour.

The ever-popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to Abbey Close and Bridge Street on Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30, with a tantalising offer of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music and workshops.

Diging in: The 2019 food fest was a winner
(Image: JP Licence)

Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will also see a live programme for the first time since 2019, as the event commemorating the historic victory of local weavers takes place on Saturday July 2 and a new Renfrew Pipe Bands competition will take over Robertson Park on Saturday July 23.

The Spree, Paisley’s annual music and arts festival, is on the move from its traditional October slot in 2022 as the iconic Spiegeltent comes to town from Thursday September 1 until Saturday September 10.

It promises a top line-up for gig-goers during a 10 day programme set to be accompanied by the Spree for All fringe festival of events across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages.

The Wee Spree programme will also take place from Saturday October 15 until Saturday October 22, offering fun activities and shows for children and families during the school holidays.

Paisley’s award-winning Halloween Festival, widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK, will return from Thursday October 27 to Sunday October 30, with this year’s spectacular trail format.

A programme of festive town centre activity will take place across Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages to bring in the season.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting a full year of live events for 2022 and to welcome back local supporters and visitors to what, for so many, are must-see dates in the diary.

“Renfrewshire has firmly established itself as a key destination on Scotland’s events map, which is a testament to the high quality and wide appeal of our annual programme.”

She added: “We have developed new formats for some of our most popular events, ensuring visitors continue to feel safe and confident to return to live events and we maximise the benefits for local businesses.

“People travel from all over to take part in our spectacular events and we can’t wait for everyone to come and enjoy what we have in store for 2022. It is going to be fantastic.”

For more information about upcoming events in Renfrewshire, visit www.paisley.is

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Daily Record – Paisley