* NEW TO THE PROGRAMME * - Orkney and Shetland

Doors Open Days is very pleased to announce that some fascinating buildings will open their doors in Orkney and Shetland this September!

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September, The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre will open its doors to the public for free. 

Housed in converted farm buildings on the island of Burray, the Centre has an intriguing collection of fossils from Orkney and around the world, including some rare and beautifully preserved specimens. The collections were donated to the people of Orkney by local builder Leslie Firth who, with his father Ernest, developed an interest after finding fossils at their quarry in Sandwick, West Mainland. The exhibitions downstairs showcase the extensive fossil and rock collection, with detailed information and illustrations of 380 million year old fish!

Come along during Doors Open Days for the rare  opportunity to see the fascinating geology, fossil and heritage displays for free!

For more information about The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, click here.

On Saturday 29th September, The Garrison Theatre in Shetland will hold its Doors Open Day.


The Theatre has a unique and long-lasting history in Shetland, serving the community for over a century as a drill hall and gymnasium, the HQ for Shetland Defence Battalion and the 7th Battalion Black Watch, a meat store and canteen for soldiers during WW2, and a theatre hall to entertain service personnel. Today, it is still used as a theatre for community and professional shows, including live theatre, fiddle competitions, stand up comedy, concerts, dance and pantomime.

Come along for Doors Open Days for a tour of the public, backstage and technical areas of the building!

For more information about the Garrison Theatre, click here.