Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating heritage and the built environment arrives in Hawick next month.

A total of 11 buildings are taking part in Doors Open Day on Saturday 14 September, providing visitors and local people with the chance to look inside, with tours, demonstrations and performances on offer alongside two guided walks.

Doors Open Day is a national initiative celebrating its 30th year in 2019. Organised by the Scottish Civic Trust throughout September each year as part of European Heritage Days, the Hawick event has been developed by Hawick Archaeological Society and Scottish Borders Council.

Highlights include:

Borders Distillery
The first distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837, the former engineers workshop was brought back into use in 2008 and has won national design awards

Hawick Lodge 111
A rare opportunity to look inside a Masonic Lodge, with William Beattie’s actual cavalry sword on display

Mansfield Park
Home of Hawick Rugby Club – The Bill McLaren Room will be available to view, with Hawick playing GHA at 3pm

Hawick Museum
Set in Wilton Lodge Park, original building dates back over 400 years

Textile Centre of Excellence
Funded by South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, it opened earlier this year to help address business critical skills issues in the textiles and knitwear sector

Textile Tower House
Discover the fascinating history of this 500-year-old tower from the days of the Border Reivers

A number of venues can only be accessed by advance booking and not all buildings are open all day, with full details available at www.doorsopenday.org.uk

Brian Tait, President of the Hawick Archaeological Society said: “We are delighted to work alongside the Council to host Doors Open Days in the town, which was last held in the town 20 years ago. A range of buildings will be open across the town to reflect Hawick’s rich built heritage.”

Councillor Tom Miers, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “Hawick has a long and colourful history which can be traced back as far as the 12th century. Doors Open Day aims to highlight this history, as well as some of the new architecture which has been created in recent years. Each participating building has made arrangements to welcome visitors, and there is truly something for the whole family.”