Renfrewshire Council

Doors Open Days on the day 2019

MEDIA RELEASE: Hundreds take time out to explore Renfrewshire's hidden architectural gems at Doors Open Days

Venues all over Renfrewshire invited people of all ages to delve deeper into their history over the weekend.

At Doors Open Days - Scotland's largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new - more than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire welcomed visitors through their doors, and provided information on what goes on behind the scenes.

Activities took place across Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year included - Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police Station, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals also travelled underground on a tour of Paisley's medieval Abbey Drain.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron met visitors at the Council Chambers in Renfrewshire House, at Renfrew Police Station, and at Paisley's Fountain Gardens.

Provost Cameron said: "It was great to see so many people taking part in Doors Open Days this year.

"We have a fantastic array of venues and buildings across Renfrewshire and events like this help us to appreciate and celebrate where we live. Finding out more about our past informs our future.

"A big thank you to everyone who got involved and who supported local businesses across the weekend."

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

The next big event in Renfrewshire will be The Spree festival.

From 11 to 19 October, acts including Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart and Hayseed Dixie will play the Spiegeltent in Paisley's County Square.

There's also a Wee Spree programme for youngsters and a Spree For All fringe festival in villages across Renfrewshire. Further information and tickets are available online at

Published on 9 September 2019


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