This year's brochure is out and appearing across the region to pick up. Alternatively you can download a pdf version here, or browse the properties taking part on the national Doors Open Days website. www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September every year. It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days and Scottish Archaeology Month. Local coordinators organise the local programmes and in Dumfries and Galloway the event is coordinated by the Dumfries and Galloway Museums and Heritage Network.
After a gap of a few years, Doors Open Days was relaunched in Dumfries and Galloway last year and this year 35 sites are taking part across the region. They range from historic churches to wildlife havens, ancient sites to modern museums. In all cases entry to the buildings involved is free and in the case of museums and visitor centres normally open to the public, special events have been planned for the weekend. Everywhere you will find enthusiastic staff, volunteers and supporters ready to welcome you to their attraction and share the particular story of their site.
Examples of some of the exciting things going on this year include Sorbie Tower in Wigtownshire where Clan Hannay invite you to tour the tower and grounds including the 12th century motte, see the kitchen fire in operation and hear how life was lived on this ancient site. You can meet the Clan Chief, view a special exhibition, including armour display and watch a re-enactment by The Douglas Retinue on both days. In Dumfries, the Theatre Royal is open and will invite you behind the scenes of this historic theatre - there will be a sale of vintage costumes too. The Crichton Memorial Church will be open - Mostly Ghostly will be running tours, and there will be trips up the tower. Caerlaverock Wetland Centre invite you to come and see the excellent wildlife watching facilities which they provide there, and three churches up by New Galloway and Dalry open their doors to show off their beautiful and historic buildings. And at many of the venues the enthusiatic volunteers who run them will be providing tea and cakes to refresh their guests.
Doors Open Days is the first weekend in September in Dumfries and Galloway - but other areas of Scotland open up on other weekends through September if you are happy to travel to explore buildings further afield. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Click on the image to downoad a pdf version of the brochure.