Come on in the doors are open

Kilmardinny House, Bearsden
Kilmardinny House, Bearsden

Why not take the opportunity to see inside fascinating buildings and learn about their history on Open Doors day this Saturday, September 12.

This is the 17th year East Dunbartonshire has taken part in the Scotland-wide event, which opens up buildings to the public for free that are normally closed or usually have an entrance charge.

Events will take place in Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Milngavie, Kirkintilloch and Lenzie. Highlights range from a family fun day at Bishopbriggs Library which will include a Victorian classroom with dressing up and games to the 21st century new build Douglas Academy in Milngavie.

Douglas Academy’s current building opened in 2009 providing bright, spacious facilities fit for purpose.

It has extensive indoor and outdoor sports areas, including a large games hall and fitness suite, and also has a modern library and performance area.

There’s a guided history walk and talk along the River Allander in Milngavie and a Come and Play day of music-making at Kilmardinny Arts Centre with guests from the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra (BMYO) and guitar students from the area culminating in a concert at 4pm.

There will also be a unique exhibition exploring the times of Thomas Muir through etchings by celebrated 18th century cartoonist John Kay at the Thomas Muir Coffee Shop in Bishopbriggs.

The display forms part of a programme of events organised by the Friends of Thomas Muir, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Muir.

Or you could take part in a flashmob in Kirkintilloch that will visit three mystery locations in the town centre to travel back to a time when the area was the north-western frontier of the vast Roman Empire.

But you’ll have to keep your wits about you, though, as the plans will only be revealed 24 hours before the event. For more information, visit or e-mail

Doors Open Day leaflets are available from your local library, the Auld Kirk Museum, Lillie Art Gallery, Kilmardinny Arts Centre and all participating venues or call 0141 777 3143 or visit or