So much done at DOD weekend 2 (9th & 10th september)

North Lanarkshire

The Doors Open Days in North Lanarkshire was an unprecedented success with around 2000 people attending participating venues in the area across the weekend.

North Lanarkshire’s Doors Open Days programme included backstage tours of Cumbernauld Theatre, beer tasting at the Lawman Brewery, exclusive tours of the archives at the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, the chance to sit in a fire engine and find out about the work of the emergency services at Cumbernauld Fire Station, a talk and book signing by DJ Tom Russell at Cumbernauld Library, an exhibition on the 50th anniversary of Cumbernauld Town Centre at Cumbernauld Museum, behind-the-scenes access at Palacerigg Country Park, and some fantastic architecture at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church and St Patrick’s Church and Burns and Old Parish Church in Kilsyth.

Stagecoach also opened the doors of their depot in Cumbernauld, with an extensive range of vintage and modern vehicles and ran a free shuttle bus to take people around the participating Doors Open Days venues in Cumbernauld across the weekend.

The runaway success of the weekend though were the former Penthouses of Cumbernauld Town Centre, with an estimated 1250 people turning up to enjoy the fantastic views from the fourth floor of Cumbernauld Town Centre and the chance to experience what life was like in the former executive flats above the shopping centre.

Doors Open Days in North Lanarkshire was incredibly popular again this year and hopefully the programme will be expanded even further next year and for the foreseeable future.

Adam Smith, Cumbernauld Community Development Trust & North Lanarkshire DOD regional coordinator


Central Fife

Despite the rain it was a very busy Doors Open Day in Central Fife this weekend. Feedback from the participating venues has been very positive.

Some of the things that were on offer:

Adam Smith Heritage Centre is housed in an impressively renovated former grain store. The volunteers from the Adam Smith Global foundation talked animatedly about Kirkcaldy’s most famous son and their exciting plans for the future.

Law’s Close is a well preserved 16th century town house and garden. Scottish Historic buildings trust staff were manning the doors & informing people about the building and other current projects. Kirkcaldy Civic Society members were on hand to give lots of great information & stories about old Kirkcaldy and provide some very welcome refreshments. The garden is maintained by the Rotary Club who were available to talk about the garden & show off its bountiful produce.

Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court run a very popular & comprehensive tour of the court rooms and cells. There was even a chance to have a seat in the G4S van. Information was given by court staff including the Procurator Fiscal, Social Work, Witness Service and Police Scotland.

Adam Smith Theatre held guided tours throughout the day giving a little look behind the scenes. The dedicated staff provided a wealth of technical detail and funny anecdotes about what it takes to put on a show.

Kirkcaldy Galleries staff seemed impressed with the increased number of visitors. Plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy.

I can only encourage everyone to get out and about, come rain or shine and visit somewhere you’ve never had the chance to visit before. We look forward to next weekend when venues in West Fife will be opening their doors.

Karen, Fife Council Doors Open Days team