Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 16.30, 3 Aug 2020

Events, parks, sport and leisure venues

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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.

Parks and outdoor spaces

It's recognised that getting out to exercise is incredibly 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 

You can now meet outdoors with members of up to two other households at a time for exercise or activity. If meeting people from another household outdoors, you should meet only in small groups - no more than 15 people in total at a time, and you should not meet people from more than four other households each day.

Children under 12 don't need to physically distance from other households. Young people between 12 and 17 years should physically distance but they can meet as many groups of friends as they want at different times of the day, as long as they meet in groups of eight or fewer from no more than three households and outdoors.

For official guidance, please see Meeting people.

Outdoor activities

You can now 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.

Sport and leisure (Renfrewshire Leisure)

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

Leisure and spa memberships are 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.

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

Paisley Museum

The museum is currently closed.

Paisley: The Secret Collection

The collection is currently closed.


Libraries will reopen for returns and click and collect from Monday 20 July. Visit Renfrewshire Leisure for more information.

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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