Doors Open Day comes to Hawick

View inside the Centre of Excellence building

Published: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating heritage and the built environment arrives in Hawick next month.

A total of 11 buildings are taking part in Doors Open Day on Saturday 14 September, providing visitors and local people with the chance to look inside, with tours, demonstrations and performances on offer alongside two guided walks.

Doors Open Day is a national initiative celebrating its 30th year in 2019. Organised by the Scottish Civic Trust throughout September each year as part of European Heritage Days, the Hawick event has been developed by oursleves and Hawick Archaeological Society.

Highlights include:

  • Borders Distillery – The first distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837, the former engineers workshop was brought back into use in 2008 and has won national design awards
  • Hawick Lodge 111 – a rare opportunity to look inside a Masonic Lodge, with William Beattie’s actual cavalry sword on display
  • Mansfield Park, home of Hawick Rugby Club – The Bill McLaren Room will be available to view, with Hawick playing GHA at 3pm
  • Hawick Museum – Set in Wilton Lodge Park, original building dates back over 400 years
  • Textile Centre of Excellence – Funded by South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, it opened earlier this year to help address business critical skills issues in the textiles and knitwear sector
  • Textile Tower House – Discover the fascinating history of this 500-year-old tower from the days of the Border Reivers
  • Walking tour of Stobs Camp – See some of the key areas of the First World War training and internment camp
  • Architectural legacy of J P Alison – A walk around the town centre to view the works of Hawick’s most prominent and prolific architect

A number of venues can be accessed only by advance booking and not all buildings are open all day, full details are available on the Doors Open Day website.

Brian Tait, President of the Hawick Archaeological Society

“Hawick Archaeology Society is delighted to work alongside the Council to host Doors Open Days in the town, which was last held in the town 20 years ago.

“A range of buildings will be open across the town to reflect Hawick’s rich built heritage.”

Councillor Tom Miers, Executive Member for Planning and Environment

“Hawick has a long and colourful history which can be traced back as far as the 12th century.

“Doors Open Day aims to highlight this history, as well as some of the new architecture which has been created in recent years.

“Each participating building has made arrangements to welcome visitors, and there is truly something for the whole family.”

Further Information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

A Hawick Doors Open Day brochure has been circulated across Hawick and the Scottish Borders.