Looking For Doors to Open

By bellmannews / March 12, 2019
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Do you know of a building in Stonehaven that would be of interest to locals – if only they could get in?

Doors Open Day is the largest free architectural event in Scotland organised nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and by Aberdeenshire Council locally. The event takes place every year in September and involves interesting and or/historic buildings and sites that are not normally open to the public, opening up for free for a day. 

The event in Aberdeenshire this year will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September and following on from the success of last year’s event we wish to continue to hold the event Aberdeenshire wide.  

Aberdeenshire Council as coordinators will put together a brochure with details of all venues taking part and coordinate publicity and promotion for the event. The council will also supply posters and banners and ensure each properties information is included on the national website.

On the chosen days it is asked that you can provide volunteers to man the property and show visitors around.

A requirement of the event is that entrance into the site or building(s) must be free, but buildings and sites can fundraise through donations or can sell refreshments or put on additional events should they so wish.  The event is also an opportunity for sites, buildings and associated businesses to promote themselves.  In the past we have had castles, churches, private houses, a weaving studio, a lifeboat, heritage centres, research laboratories, memorial halls and masonic lodges, to name but a few, taking part.  

This year’s event is particularly important as the Scottish Civic Trust are celebrating 30 years of Doors Open Days and in particular we would wish to ensure a wide geographical spread of venues within Aberdeenshire.

More information is available on the national Doors Open Day website   


If you  can suggest venues or offer support in terms of additional volunteering and would like more information about what is involved, please do not hesitate to contact Clare Tierney 01467 539191 by the 21st March.