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Airdrie Library
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07.09.13 (09.00-16.00)
Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG
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This C(s) listed building, located in the Victoria and Town Centre Conservation Area, was designed by JM Arthur in 1924 and now houses Airdrie Public Library.  The site and building were largely funded by Andrew Carnegie and Airdrie Savings Bank.  The twin doric columns emphasise the entrance and provide a welcoming feature.  The library contains the Covenanting Standard of East Monklands from the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679.


Architect: J M Arthur
Building Date: 1924
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Airdrie Observatory
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07.09.13 (10.00-15.00)
Airdrie Library, Wellwynd, Airdrie,  ML6 0AG

Situated above Airdrie Library, this C(s) listed building is a unique part of Airdrie’s built heritage.  Being one of only four such municipal Public Observatories in the United Kingdom, Airdrie is the smallest of the Public Observatories and it dates back to 1896. 

The Observatory is located above Airdrie Public Library and is a facility owned by North Lanarkshire Council and run in partnership with Airdrie Astronomical Association. The original telescope was donated to Airdrie Library by local astronomer Doctor Reid.  

In 2009 the telescope was dismantled and removed from site to allow an overhaul and extensive refurbishment to be undertaken.  Additional works including installing a new Observatory dome and Library Roof were also undertaken at this time.

Observatory: no wheelchair access, up 4 flights of stairs

 

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Albert Bartlett - Booking Essential - line now open
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (tours)
251 Stirling Road, Airdrie,  ML6 7SP
Albert Bartlett - Booking Essential - line now open - Image 1

Albert Bartlett will open its doors for a 1 hour tour of the Factory to visitors who have booked in advance. Unfortunately visitors who have not booked a tour place in advance will not be admitted to the factory. The Tour includes a Presentation, the chance to see inside the factory (no wheelchair access in this area). A family business founded in 1948, Albert Bartlett invested £30 in an old water boiler and cast iron bath in order that he might set up a small beetroot boiling operation in Coatbridge.  Albert Bartlett is now the UK's leading grower and packer of potatoes.  In November 2003 they moved from their Watt Street home to a new state-of-the-art facility on Stirling Road.  The site packs over 4,000 tonnes of potatoes a week and has been accredited with various environmental awards. 


Building Date: 2003

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - booking line now open - call  01236 762831 and ask for Georgina Clapham to book your place. 

As this is a working factory all visitors must book a tour place for Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2013 in advance only.

A maximum of 4 tour places can be booked per person and group bookings cannot be accepted for any tours.

The tour times available on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2013 are:

11.00 (1 group of 15)

12.00 (1 group of 15)

13.00 (1 group of 15)

Visitors who have not booked a tour place in advance will not be admitted to the factory. 


As this is a working factory all visitors must book a tour place for Saturday 7th September and Sunday 8th September 2013 in advance only. Visitors who have not booked in advance will not be admitted to the factory.  The Presentation will include information on the company and brand, potato sampling will also be available at the end of the factory tour. 'Mr Potato men' will also be available to greet children.

Please note that the factory is suitable for children over the age of 9 and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  For Health and Safety reasons all jewellery should be removed prior to entering. No one wearing flip flops or high heels will be permitted access to the factory. You will be supplied with a high-visibility jacket, hair net & hat before entering the factory.

Restricted wheelchair access is available. Please note that due to health & safety there will be:

  • limited wheelchair access to the factory
  • regrettably, no wheelchair access to the factory gantry
  • regrettably, no wheelchair access to the lower gantry.
  • however there is unrestricted wheelchair access to the Presentation situated in the Reception Area.
Access for visitors with sight, hearing and other mobility difficulties is available.  However, such visitors must be accompanied by a helper due to Health & Safety.  Unfortunately there are no facilities to accommodate guide dogs.
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Antonine Wall Guided Walk to Croy and Bar Hill
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08.09.13 (11.00)
Meeting at Car Park beside Croy Community Centre, Nethercroy Road, Croy,  G65 9JF
Antonine Wall Guided Walk to Croy and Bar Hill - Image 1

In 2003 the Antonine Wall was nominated for World Heritage Status by the Government with support from Scottish Local Authorities.  It became Scotland's 5th World Heritage Site in 2008 being listed as an extension of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire.  It is the most northerly and westerly section of the frontier which stretches across Europe.

The Antonine Wall formed the northern defences of Antonine forts, the remaining 3 sides were also ramparts surrounded by 2 or 3 ditches.  Forts contained barracks for about 500 men, administrative buildings, storerooms and workshops.  The bath house was usually outside the fort to reduce the risk of fire.  Antonine forts were located on Croy Hill, Bar Hill and at Westerwood and Castlecary. 

A Walk to Croy Hill and Bar Hill forts to explore the Roman remains of these two important sections of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site.  Adrian Cox (Historic Scotland Cultural Resourses Advisor) will introduce the sites and outline the current work to improve access and interpretation at both.  Please wear stout footwear as the tour involves walking up two relatively steep hills and bring waterproofs.

Not recommended for children under the age of 5. Not suitable for buggies.  All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Bellshill Fire Station
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (10.30-14.00)
Old Edinburgh Road, Bellshill,  ML4 3JG
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A rare chance to sit in a fire engine and take a tour of the station.  Community safety advice will be provided.

Tours of Fire Engines, Turn on the hoses (depending on age), Meet the Firemen and Fire Safety Talk. 

Please note fire engines may be unavailable at times as this is a working station.

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Boat Trips on the Gipsy Princess
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07.09.13 (12.00-16.00)
Auchinstarry Marina, Kilsyth,  G56 9SG
Boat Trips on the Gipsy Princess - Image 1The Gipsy Princess was launched at Auchinstarry in April 1990 and has seating for 20 - 24 passengers inside with a further 8 -10 outside.   Initially part of the campaign to increase interest eastwards along the Canal towards Craigmarloch and beyond, she was named Gipsy Princess as a successor to the Gipsy Queen, one of the famous 'Queens' pleasure steamers which sailed out from Glasgow to Auchinstarry and Craigmarloch from the late 1800s until 1939.  Over the years she has served well as a classroom boat for many hundreds of schoolchildren in addition to being available for general charter trips. 
Short boat trips (20-30 minutes).  Sail on this scenic stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal, hear about its history and observe the wildlife in, on and beside the water.
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Coatbridge Fire Station
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (10.30-16.00)
Main Street, Coatbridge,  ML5 3RS
Coatbridge Fire Station - Image 1

A rare change to sit in a fire engine and take a tour of the station.  Community safety advice will also be provided.

Tours of Fire Engines, Turn on the hoses (depending on age), Meet the Firemen and Fire Safety Talk. 

Please note: fire engines may be unavailable at times as this is a working station.

Fire Station will close both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th between 13.00-14.00


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Colzium Estate Heritage Walk
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08.09.13 (13.00-14.00)
Meet at front door of Colzium House at 1300, Stlriling Road, Kilsyth,  G65 0RZ
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This event is part of the Kelvin Valley Heritage Walks programme organised by Friends of the Kelvin Valley Park Group. Walk is around 2.5 km (1.5 miles) in length with 20 m (70 feet) height surfaced paths.

Heritage Walk around Colzium Estate and Banton Loch. Surfaced paths with some slopes.  Walk will last around one hour and be packed with interesting history. 

Please note that all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The tour starts at 1pm and lasts an hour.  

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk 

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Colzium Estate Walled Garden Tours
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08.09.13 (Tours at 11.30 and 14.30)
Colzium-Lennox Estate , Stirling Road, Kilsyth,  G65 0PY
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This beautiful, south-facing, award winning garden is situated just above Colzium House at around 500ft above sea level and is home to many rare plants and has something to offer throughout the year.  The garden brings together a unique collection of plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world.

 

Tours of walled garden.

11.30-12.30 and 2.30-3.30

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Colzium House
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08.09.13 (10.30-16.00)
Stirling Road, Kilsyth,  G65 0PY
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Colzium House is a category B listed building which was built in 1783, and later enlarged in 1861.  Much of the original building was pulled down in the late 1940s, due to dry rot, but the Victorian frontage and wings survive to form the house seen today.  Colzium House forms part of the Colzium Estate which is open throughout the year.  Other attractions include Colzium House Museum, a restored Scottish ice-house (c.1680) and the Colzium Walled garden.


Building Date: 1783, 1861 additions.

Activities available include local history museum tours, Colzium House tours, traditional games and craft activities. 

Regrettably there is no wheelchair access to the museum. 

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