Kilbarchan’s famous Lilias Day celebrations (featuring Lilifest) are all set for Saturday 4 June!

Taking place in the conservation village of Kilbarchan, the Lilias Day celebrations date back to the 1700s when the village was a centre of the weaving trade in Renfrewshire. Today it is firmly established as a key event in the Renfrewshire events calendar. A historic parade still leads the celebrations and is followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands and involvement from the community and organisations in and around the area. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

Local residents and businesses will dress the outside of their premises and a prize is given for best the decorated house and business as well as for best decorated float. The parade leaves the bottom of the village at 1pm and along the way the statue of Kilbarchan’s famous piper, “Habbie Simpson” on the steeple in the village square is brought to life and joins the parade.

Lilifest will add a new dimension to the celebrations with a host of exciting events and entertainment.


Lilias Day itself will include a medieval battle re-enactment in the arena events as well as a tug of war tournament. Other features include a circus skills workshop, a medieval camp and Jamie McArthur’s music tent. Radio Clyde DJ, George Bowie, will once again make a guest appearance to compere some of the events and activities in the park.

In the parade this year, characters such as Mary Barbour, William Brodie and the Statue of Liberty will be making their debut appearance along with bands, vintage vehicles and a full complement of floats.

The grand finale this year will again be the big prize raffle, when one lucky winner will leave the park £1000 richer. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet you can buy them at local shops throughout the village and on the day at the Lilias Day Committee stall in the park.

The new park layout will also create more of a festival feel with a ‘food village’ ‘kids' zone’ and ‘active area’.