Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 16.30, 25 May 2020

Events, libraries, parks, venues, sport and leisure

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Council-run events

In line with national guidance, all large-scale council-run events have been cancelled until the end of October.

This includes: Paisley Food and Drink Festival, British Pipe Band Championships, Renfrew Gala Day; Barshaw Gala Day; Johnstone Fire Engine Rally; Renfrewshire Doors Open Days; The Spree festival; and Paisley Halloween Festival.

Paisley's annual Sma' Shot Day celebrations will be marked through a programme of online events on Saturday 4 July to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers, as well as the invaluable contribution of today's key workers across Renfrewshire.

All Council-run events after October will continue to be reviewed in line with national guidance from the Scottish Government and public health advice, with a further decision on the staging of Paisley Fireworks Spectacular and the Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew Christmas lights switch-on events expected by 30 June.

Sport and leisure (Renfrewshire Leisure)

In-person services, including gyms, pools and libraries are now suspended until further notice.

Leisure and spa memberships are being suspended with immediate effect and box office bookings for cancelled performances will be refunded or deferred if performances can be rescheduled.

Renfrewshire Leisure is working to support and advise groups and organisations who lease their facilities.

Paisley Museum

The museum is currently closed.

Paisley: The Secret Collection

The collection is currently closed.


All libraries are currently closed.

Our e-book library is available 24/7. You can join online to borrow e-books, e-magazines, reserve books and use e-resources: Renfrewshire Libraries website

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is currently closed.

Cultural venues

All cultural venues are currently closed including Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew Town Hall, Tweedie Hall and Johnstone Town Hall.

We're working with event organisers to find alternative dates for their events.

Leisure centres (including pools, gyms and EVE Spa)

All leisure centres are closed until further notice. Memberships are currently frozen, and no further payments will be taken while the venues are closed.

We will continue to provide regular updates and information on how customers can maintain their physical health during this period of closure. More information is available here: Renfrewshire Leisure website.

Learn to Swim programme

Parents/carers paying by Direct Debit will have their payment suspended with immediate effect - there is no need to contact us or your bank.

Any lessons that have not been delivered against those payments will be provided at no additional charge.

Parents that have paid in advance for swimming lessons that that have not been delivered against those payments will have those lessons provided at no additional charge.

Community halls and outdoor bookings

All upcoming bookings are currently cancelled. Community groups and teams with events scheduled will be contacted and their event discussed with them.

Active Schools

Resource packs are being compiled and will be made available to all via the Renfrewshire Leisure website and social media. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Agnew.

You can sign your kids up for online activity classes here: Renfrewshire Leisure Class 4 Kids website

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Keep checking the Renfrewshire Leisure website and follow the team on:

Parks and outdoor spaces

Getting out to exercise is incredibly important while we all do our bit to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. It's even more important that you use open spaces within your community while going out for exercise.

We know it is tempting to drive somewhere nice to walk, but we urge you to follow health and government guidelines to protect you, your loved ones and your communities and stay close to home.

The following car parks are closed to support these guidelines and ensure everyone keeps safe and well:

  • Barshaw Park - all public vehicle access points, main gate/K gate at the car park and Gold Course car park 
  • Robertson View car park.
  • Sargentlaw Road car park
  • Braehead Road car park
  • Brownside Farm car park off Caplethill Road
  • Glen Lodge car park
  • Substation car park Braes
  • Thomas Shanks Public Park, Johnstone
  • Erskine Riverfront Park, Erskine 
  • Lochwinnoch Public Park, Lochlip Road.

Playgrounds are also closed to reduce the potential for catching the virus from play equipment. Please don't use playgrounds at this time.

Please ensure you keep two metres apart from others while out walking and don't travel to enjoy your daily walk or exercise. Your actions will help us keep people safe and well.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code website has lots of useful information about responsible use of the outdoors while social distancing and other measures apply. It also has some useful advice for land managers. You can find out more here: Scottish Outdoor Access Code website

You can read more tips on looking after your physical health on the Physical health webpage or visit the wellbeing webpage for mental health advice.