As part of the preparations for the Doors Open Days Festival 2022, due to take place in the Borders on 3-4 September, Scottish Borders Council is issuing an open call to site managers, building owners, community groups and heritage/architecture experts to get involved by hosting an event.

The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of Scotland’s built and cultural heritage and ensure it is accessible to everyone. It is also a chance to celebrate what makes the Scottish Borders special by showcasing not only the heritage, culture and places for which the region is already famous, but also some of the more unusual gems still waiting to be discovered.

This year the event will take place online and in person at a range of venues throughout the region, with the Council keen to ensure as many examples of local built and cultural heritage are featured as possible.

The hybrid format means there are plenty of ways to get involved. Among the range of ideas that could be considered would be opening a building for in person visits, leading a guided walk or hosting an online or in person talk. Other options could include creation of a new digital resource such as a video tour or drone footage, publishing some new historical research, giving an interview or providing a slideshow of new and old photos.

The criteria for taking part is that the event must be of architectural, design, heritage, ancestry, community or cultural interest. It should be provided free of charge and offer something that is not normally available. This year’s themes include ‘Stories’, Building Re-Use’ and ‘Cycling’ but submissions featuring other ideas are also welcomed.

The deadline for registering expressions of interest is close of play on 31 May 2022.

For more information, including how to access and complete the online form, visit: