Historic buildings in Hawick will be among those featured in Doors Open Day 2021, a festival that sees organisations and other individuals/volunteers opening up their buildings for members of public to come and visit.
The festival aims to ensure that Scotland’s built and cultural heritage is made accessible to everyone living in and visiting the country.
Inspired by the successes of Doors Open Days’ first ever digital festival in 2020, which welcomed 184,000 virtual visitors from across the world, the 2021 festival will have both online and in-person events and activities.
The festival will take place locally on 4-5 September, with an exciting programme of events and activities. Highlights include:
The Borders Distillery:
The first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837 is housed in an award-winning conversion of Hawick’s Edwardian electrical works. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary distillery tour.
Jedburgh Port House – Snail Trail:
Alongside the guided walk of buildings by Borders architect JP Alison, Jedburgh Community Trust is providing a ‘Snail Trail’ for children (inspired by the local sweet, the Jeddart Snail) and offering a downloadable knitting pattern for the snail.
Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Stand:
This is a Category A listed concrete modernist classic by Peter Womersley. Scottish Borders Council, Reiach & Hall architects and David Narro Associates are currently undertaking concrete repairs of the structure. For Doors Open Days they are arranging a series of online presentations on its history, the current repairs and their proposals for its future ‘restoration’.
Tim Stead’s Sculptural House:
Both in-person and virtual tours of this spectacular Category A listed house are being offered, led by Tim’s widow Maggy. Online information will also be provided.
Other activities taking place are:
· Hawick – Exploring the Town’s Heritage
· Hawick – Heart of Hawick Waterwheel – basement tour
· Hawick Museum Digital Exhibition – Ancient Egypt Discovery
· Jedburgh – Mary Queen of Scots House Visitor Centre – Creative Craft Workshops and video tour
· Jedburgh – Newgate Steeple & Old Bridewell Jail – video tour
Find out more about the rest of the events and activities that will be on in September as part of Scottish Borders Doors Open Days by visiting www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Doors Open Days only encourages people to attend in-person events in accordance with the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance. The events and buildings that will be open for physical visits in September will ensure safe access according to the most current guidelines.