Border tourist attractions open for free on September 3 and 4

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THE program of events for the free Scottish Borders Doors Open Days 2022 festival on September 3-4 has been revealed.

The aim of Doors Open Days, now in its 33rd year nationally, is to raise awareness of Scotland’s built and cultural heritage and ensure it is accessible to all.

Locally, it’s also a chance to celebrate what makes the Scottish Borders so special by showcasing not only the heritage, culture and places the area is already famous for, but also some of the more unusual gems that are still waiting to be discovered.

This year, local events, coordinated by us but hosted by a range of partner organizations and individuals, will take place online and in person at venues across the region.

This builds on the success of last year’s hybrid festival which welcomed more than half a million virtual visitors from around the world for online events as part of the national program.

Some of the events taking place include: free tours of the Riddell Estate Wild Garden and the General’s Tower, the chance to explore Borders College’s Hawick Campus including the award-winning Eco Room and the Manufacturing Center state-of-the-art, where a showcase of sustainable and robotic technologies will also be available, the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Scottish Borders Archives at the Heritage Hub in Hawick and visit the 200-year-old grandstand at Kelso Racecourse, the most Scotland’s former sports building.

Hawick campus of Borders College. New STEM learning center, ECO Room. Photo Phil Wilkinson

Full details of all events and activities taking place both locally and nationally – including how to book – are available on the Open Days website.

You can get more information and download an overview of events happening across borders on the CBS website.

Councilor Scott Hamilton, Executive Member of Community and Business Development, said: ‘The Open Days are a fantastic opportunity for locals and visitors to explore some of the unique built heritage we have in the area and to hear the incredible stories associated with these places and the people behind them.

“Many participating venues are not normally open to the public or offer free special events as part of the festival, and I would like to thank everyone who organizes events for their support.

“There really is an amazing range of events on offer, so take a look at the program and start planning a very special weekend.”

Dr Susan O’Connor, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust and National Coordinator of Doors Open Days, added: “Doors Open Days offers visitors the opportunity to play ‘tourist’ in their own town for free, discovering new experiences and revisiting old favourites. right on their doorstep.

“This year, we hope our visitors will take the opportunity to create new memories with their friends and families, while celebrating the stories that have shaped Scotland.”

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