Enjoy A “Day Out” Or Night In To Celebrate St Andrew’s Day

– Something for everyone this St Andrew’s Day –

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This St Andrew’s Day weekend (28 November – 1 December) there is a type of celebration to suit all with free and discounted entry for days out and delicious recipes for a cosy night in.

As part of this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations, Scots and visitors have the chance to get out and about and experience everything from segways and swimming to storytelling and animal safaris.

With over 200 venues and attractions offering free or discounted entry across St Andrew’s weekend (28 November – 1 December) there is an activity to suit all ages and families of all sizes.

If a cosy night in is more up your street, there are a variety of delicious recipes that have been specially created to celebrate St Andrew’s Day like Adam Newth’s St Andrew’s Day Fish Dish with Scottish Smoked Haddock and Andrew Fairlie’s Rosemary Roasted Scotch Lamb.

These recipes and the many others available use the best of seasonal Scottish produce to celebrate Scotland and Scottish food on the day of our patron saint.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage, our world-renowned food and warm and friendly welcome.”

To find out what’s on in your area this St Andrew’s Day, visit http://www.scotland.org/standrewsday

For some recipe inspiration for a St Andrew’s Night In, visit http://www.scotland.org/nightin


Hundreds of attractions across Scotland will be opening their doors to visitors and offering free or discounted entry to celebrate St Andrew’s Day this weekend Friday 28th November – Sunday 30th November.  To download the vouchers visit http://www.scotland.org/winter.


Best Local Party Suppliers

There is so much choice when it comes to throwing a party for your little ones.  Do you have a princess or pirates theme?  What decorations to choose.  And finally, choosing a venue.  We have rounded up a selection of local party suppliers, entertainers and venues for making your decision a little easier.


It’s The Little Things

It's The Little Things

Give your special day that extra WOW factor with their beautiful candy cart.
Lots of packages available and includes:
*Choice of canopy
*Organza bows
*All glassware
*Wooden hearts
*Mr&mrs signs (If for a wedding)
*Love heart fairy lights
*Personalised sweet bags
*Personalised plaque hanging on cart which is yours to keep
*All your favourite sweets

Will be colour coordinated to suit your theme and the cart will be yours for the whole day and if having sweets every guest will get between 120g-150g.

Starting from just £50.

To contact It’s The Little Things visit our listings.


Divine Party Knights

frozen balloons

Specialising in transforming your room with fabulous balloon decorations. Whether your little one is a Frozen or Turtles fan they will have balloons to suit your needs. They will even deliver and set your balloons up for you.

Find contact information here.


The Creation Station Arty Parties

Creation Station

Looking for something a bit different and fun?  Creation Station Arty Parties offer fun, engaging, no-hassle BIRTHDAY PARTIES for ages from 1 to 11 years.

They offer a range of art activities, provide invitations and party bags, play games, and everyone has something amazing to take home at the end.

Find contact details for The Creation Station Arty Parties on Mumsnet Renfrewshire.


Splashmaster Paint


Splatmaster Paint is a fantastic day out for kids they a make use of our excellent custom-built paintball game zones.
The low impact spring loaded guns shoot round colour filled ammo at low velocity that results in a “splat”.
These guns have been specifically engineered so that children are easily able to cock, load and fire.
The ammo is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, non-staining and easily washes away with water.
The children work together in teams to carry out a number of tactical game missions.
Its fantastic for birthday parties and the kids will talk about it for months afterward.
We encourage mums and dads to join in!

Find contact details for Splatmaster Paint here.





Pretty Muddy – Race For Life

Pretty Muddy – Race For Life hit Bellahouston park, Glasgow for the first time 3 weeks ago.  An all ladies 5k obstacle course raising funds for Cancer Research with the promise of getting very, very muddy.

I took part with group of 10 friends. Each of us challenging ourselves and happy to get down and dirty to raise money for our own individual reasons. All affected, in some way, by cancer. All of us hoping to raise as much as we could and make a difference in the fight against this awful disease.


The event was spread over 2 days with thousands of ladies taking part and races starting every 15 minutes. The course had 12 obstacles along the way including climbing ropes, tunnels and a giant inflatable slide which dumped us straight into muddy water.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I was feeling nervous before our group started but the fun warm up helped settle any nerves.  The 5k was fun and we had such a laugh crawling through muddy tunnels and getting soaked with freezing cold water.  The best was definitely saved for last!  The giant slide straight into a muddy pool of water.  It was so much fun we had to do it twice!  Our friend who was on photography duties was waiting half way round the course underestimating how fast we would be.

I felt so proud receiving my medal, covered from head to toe in mud, knowing that we were raising money for such a great cause and we even managed it in around 35 minutes.  I’m looking forward to next years already.

Real woman wear mud!


Fit Camp Paisley

Have you taken a walk through Barshaw park recently?  If you have I’m sure you will have noticed the 60 odd people jumping about like crazy being shouted at to do yet more star jumps all with a smile on their face.  Welcome to Fit Camp Paisley!  The FREE (yep that’s right) 4 week fit camp includes 3 sessions a week, nutritional education and individual guidance for everybody.  The aim of Fit Camp Paisley is to make us Renfrewshire residents healthier and fitter and to have fun whilst doing it.

fit club

I wont deny that at the first session I felt like running out the door when I saw the scales and the camera for “before” shots.  Instead I skulked in, tail between my legs, face burning red and faced the music.  We were weighed, had various body measurements taken such as body fat percentage, muscle mass and metabolic age.  These meant absolutely nothing to me until all was explained, in simple terms that everyone could understand.  These measurements will be taken again at the end of the 4 weeks and compared.

The fitness sessions are fun and the coaches very friendly and welcoming.  Goodness knows how they remember everyone’s names, but they do!  All levels of fitness and ages are welcome.  We are all on an equal playing field here as you are trying to improve yourself.  The excitement and energy from the team is infectious which keeps everyone coming back.  Did I mention it’s free?


Fit Camp Paisley sessions are on a Monday & Thursday at 6.45pm in Barshaw park and Saturday morning at 9am in Barshaw park.  Click here for more details and to register for a space.


5 Top Tips For School


Schools have been back almost 3 weeks now and if your house is anything like mines the novelty of seeing friends again and a new class will have worn off.  I can’t be the only parent with a child who refuses to get up on a school day but will bounce out of bed at the crack of dawn at the weekend.  Long lie?  What is that? 

Here are my 5 tips for making school days a little easier.

  1. Preparation:  Have everyone’s clothes ready the night before.  Hang school uniform together.  Tie, socks, underwear, the lot.  Having everything ready means no hunting for matching socks or missing shoes in the morning.
  2. Get Up Early:  Resist the temptation to hit snooze.  You know that saying, the early bird catches the worm?  Well this early bird doesn’t catch the worm but she does enjoy a quiet coffee on her own before the morning mayhem begins.
  3. Pre-Pack:  Pack school bag and lunch bag the night before, ready to go in the morning.  How many times have you spent 10 minutes searching the house for an elusive gym trainer? 
  4. Leave With Time To Spare:  You know the score.  You’re half way to school when you realise you have forgotten a water bottle, gym bag, lunch money or all of the above.  You have to return back home leaving you rushing to school, now running late.  Leave early, enjoy the walk to school.  If you forget something you will have time to go back and collect it.
  5. TV Is Your Friend:  They are home from school having done “nothing” all day, they don’t want to talk, are grumpy and tired.  Don’t be hard on yourself, let them sit and watch t.v., recharge their batteries and chill out.  They will soon be back to their best!

What tips do you have that you would like to share for making school mornings easier?

Online Safety

How many of us have children who are approaching the age where they will begin to use social media? How many of us have children who are actively using social media and the internet? Now, how many of us know how to protect our children when they are online?

As adults we are familiar with the World Wide Web and the use of social media. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or maybe Google+ is your thing. My daughter is 5 years old and although she is too young to be using it she is definitely aware of Facebook due to my use. Social media is a minefield. I worry about her safety in the real world but when the time comes, I will also be worrying about her online safety.

We teach them of stranger danger but how do we approach this in the digital age?

o2 are running FREE workshops throughout August aimed at helping you discover how to keep your family safe online and will also cover basic digital skills. Click here to find one near you and book tickets.

With o2 in partnership with the NSPCC and DigitalMe, who work closely with schools on the digital front, I know I will be heading to one. Details on the Glasgow workshop can be found here.

What’s On Renfrewshire

Well it’s back to normality.  Summer holidays are over (boo), schools are back (anyone else glad?) and unsurprisingly the weather has turned.  I for one am finding that I have a little bit more time on my hands since the eldest went back. Probably because I am spending less time tidying up the constant trail of destruction.  Why is that?  She is like a tiny, little human wrecking ball.  And now that I have a spare hour to myself most afternoons I have decided it’s time to give the living room a new look.  I’ve decided to do this without redecorating but by changing the colour scheme of my curtains, cushions etc.  I have yet to visit the new Dunelm Mill store in Paisley but have had a look on their website and have seen some great key pieces in lovely colours. 

Although there are less activities on now with the kids being back at school there are still plenty of after school activites and weekend fun to keep the family entertained.  Below I have rounded up the listings from Mumsnet Renfrewshire which are getting the most interest.



Thursday 21st August 10.30am – 11.30am

Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley

The fun and interactive sessions for pre-school children aged 6 month- 4 years old & parent/carer return to the Paisley museum.  Thes multi sensory, relaxed and fun sessions are specially created to enjoy with your wee one(s).  The sessions include live music, singing, storytelling, art, film, dance and drama.  Each session will have a different theme and focus.

Ticket includes FREE healthy snacks.

Find our full list of baby & toddler groups on Mumsnet Renfrewshire.



23rd – 30th August; 13th September – 4th October

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley

For ages 11-16 years and taken by an expert tutor who will help them to realise their creative potential with a series of art classes. Whether it’s to learn new techniques, develop skills or use the studio space to work on a project, these teenage art classes are perfect.

The experienced tutor will offer guidance in various art forms and help to explore new methods in print-making, painting on canvass, T-shirt design, pottery and clay sculpture.

Find our full list of weekend classes on Mumsnet Renfrewshire.



Saturday 23rd August 10.30am – 1pm

Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley


The popular Jack & Jill market returns to the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley with stall selling quality, nearly new maternity, baby and children’s wear.

Find everything you need for baby and children, all under the one roof.  Whether it’s large items from the large items gallery or clothes, toys, books and equipment from our quality nearly-new stalls, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.



Find our full list of other local events on Mumsnet Renfrewshire.



Burrell Collection

Monday 25th August 11am

There will be a meet-up on Monday, 25th August in the Cafe at the Burrell Collection.  Coffee, cake and nattering from 11 till about 3.  Kids are welcome although the older ones will all be back at school. Pop along to the local talk thread if you fancy meeting up with your fellow Mumsnetters.