Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 17:00, Friday 18 September

Restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings are currently in place for people living in Renfrewshire.

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Events, parks, sport and leisure venues

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Sport and leisure (Renfrewshire Leisure)

Gyms and swimming pools

Following Scottish Government confirmation that leisure centres can begin to reopen from the end of August, Renfrewshire Leisure is preparing for the gradual and safe reopening of services at its gyms and swimming pools at pre-booked time slots.

More information will be shared at Renfrewshire Leisure Coronavirus updates about the procedures in place.

Visit Renfrewshire Leisure for advice on how to maintain your physical health while venues are closed.

Leisure centre and spa memberships

All Renfrewshire Leisure memberships are currently frozen, and no further payments will be taken while the venues are closed.

Learn to Swim programme

Parents/carers paying by Direct Debit are suspended. There is no need to contact us or your bank. If you have paid in advance for swimming lessons, we will deliver them when swimming pools reopen. 

Active Schools

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

Golf and bowling

Barshaw Golf Club and the Robertson Park bowling green are now open with additional health and safety measures in place. 


Libraries are open for returns and click and collect.

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

Visit Renfrewshire Libraries for more information.

Paisley Museum

The museum is currently closed.

Paisley: The Secret Collection

The collection is currently closed.

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre will reopen from Thursday 17 September with an appointment-only entrance system. Bookings can be made from Thursday 10 September for visits beginning from Thursday 17 September, by emailing or calling 0141 618 5375.

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. All box office bookings for cancelled performances will be refunded, or deferred, if performances can be rescheduled.

Community halls and outdoor bookings

Renfrewshire Leisure is working to support and advise groups and organisations who lease their facilities. All upcoming bookings are currently cancelled. Community groups and teams with events scheduled will be contacted and their event discussed with them. 

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Parks and outdoor spaces

Visit Renfrewshire's parks and gardens.

Getting out to exercise is important. Please ensure you keep two metres apart from others while out walking. 

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.

Meeting friends and family in parks 

From Monday 14 September, up to two households with up to a maximum of six people can meet outdoors as long as you physically distance. It is not required to count children under 12, from within the two households, within the six person limit.

For official guidance, please see Meeting people.

Outdoor activities

You can take part in non-contact outdoor activities in the local area such as angling, golf, lawn bowls and outdoor tennis, ensuring you maintain physical distancing measures. Communal places within parks such as playgrounds, outdoor gyms and sports courts are open.

Council-run events

We are sorry to announce that we will not be progressing with the remainder of our events programme this year, as part of ongoing measures to help manage the coronavirus pandemic.

This means that the following events will not go ahead in 2020: Johnstone Fire Engine Rally; Renfrewshire Doors Open Days; The Spree festival; Paisley Halloween Festival; Paisley Fireworks Display; Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On; Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-On and Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Currently a ban on mass gatherings is in place across Scotland and when lifted it is expected that restrictions will remain in place for some time, including physical distancing measures and advice to avoid crowded places. The decision not to run our events programme also takes into account the lengthy planning time required to safely organise major events.

We hope everyone will understand that we must put public health first. We are continuing to plan our major events programme in Renfrewshire for next year, working closely with national bodies and following public health advice.