PaisleyMake: Festival of Creativity and Design in Paisley

Last week, we announced the launch of our brand new event, PaisleyMake. Created by ourselves and sponsored by Renfrewshire Council, PaisleyMake is a special collaboration taking the community on a journey of discovery and exploration. Building on renowned design and manufacturing skills, which made the town famous globally. PaisleyMake brings together makers from Scotland and around the world to meet and work with the community here in Paisley. The event takes place in around Paisley Abbey and Museum & Art Galleries, the four-day festival runs from Wednesday 31st August through till Saturday 3rd September.

We’ve collated some of Paisley’s hot spots to share with you whilst visiting the town.

Paisley Museum & Art Galleries is where you can see some examples of beautiful Paisley shawls and learn about the history of the town. Dr Dan Coughlan, Textiles Curator at the museum is hosting a talk about the pattern collection and Paisley’s heritage at the festival. This is free to attend, just grab a Thursday day ticket here.


Coats Observatory is Scotland’s oldest public observatory. Located in Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, Renfrewshire, you can star gaze or visit the planetarium.

Architecture in Paisley is truly stunning; all you need to do is look up. Buildings such as the Oakshaw, Thomas Coats Church, Anchor Mill, Potterhill, Thornly Park, Church of the Nazarine and Hunterhill Castle are all worth checking out.

There are plenty of pubs and bars in Paisley to choose from including The Wee Howf in the High Street and The Bull Inn and The Cave, the oldest pubs in Paisley. Paisley Art Centre and De Beers have nice beer gardens so if the weather is on our side, each is just a short walk from The Abbey.

Paisley is home to a vast creative community and whilst visiting the town you must visit their independent shops and boutiques. InCube shop puts Renfrewshire’s design talent in the limelight and is the latest part of Invest in Renfrewshire’s business incubator programme, InCube. InCube stockists such as 3DNA and  Misty Concepts, Karen Hanvidge CeramiCs and 3DNA will also be exhibiting at our curated exhibition at PaisleyMake.

Live music in Paisley appears in different pubs including The Old Swan, Tea Gardens Tavern and Hamishes Hoose and The Bungalow on Shuttle Street has a huge variety of acts on each week.

You just can’t visit Paisley without having a good ol’ Scottish chippy and we recommend Castelvecci’s. The fish and chip shop is owned by the grandfather of Paisley-born singer Paolo Nutini. The décor hasn’t changed since the 50’s which is more the reason to visit.

For a full list of Paisleys shops, cafes bars and restaurants including places to visit, check out PaisleyMake map. If you are Paisley-based maker, business or visitor attraction then send over your details to our event coordinator, Shauna at to have you listed on our website. 

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Register now for tickets to this unmissable event and help us raise awareness of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021. Tickets are FREE and available from Eventbrite.