Open invite to step inside

TAKE a peek behind the scenes as some well known buildings and landmarks invite people in this weekend.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust has planned this year’s Doors Open Day, which will celebrate its 13th birthday with a fantastic programme planned for Saturday.

The event will include a mix of old favourites and new venues such as Bearsden Primary School and Bearsden Academy, offering an opportunity to compare one of East Dunbartonshire’s oldest schools with one of the newest.

There will also be tours around Mugdock Castle and New Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden.

Also throwing open their doors will be Kirkintilloch’s Caurnie Soaperie, which is Scotland’s oldest soapmaker, and Brackenbrae House in Bishopbriggs, which is a large Edwardian villa, built in 1910.

In addition, Forth and Clyde canal boat trips and a range of walks will be available so that people can not only sample the delights of East Dunbartonshire’s indoor heritage but they can make the most of the area’s open-air heritage too.

In Glasgow, there are guided tours of Hampden Stadium, the Hunterian Museum and the School of Art.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, Chair of the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust Board, said: “Doors Open Day is an annual event that takes place all over Scotland. It provides a fantastic way for people to enter a range of buildings and attractions completely free of charge and see how various organisations work behind the scenes.

“This forms Scotland’s contribution towards European Heritage Days and the East Dunbartonshire event offers a unique way to learn more about the culture and heritage of our area by visiting venues that may not normally be accessible.”

For full detail on all Doors Open Day, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk or look out for the leaflets available from East Dunbartonshire libraries.