Doors Open Days – Fife 2010 kicks off on Sunday, 5 September in West Fife.
Over 70 venues from buildings to walks to exhibitions are free for the public to visit and take part in across the Kingdom. Central Fife takes its turn on Sunday, 12 September with East Fife on Sunday, 19 September.
Locations opening their doors to the public for the first time this year include:
• The Glen Pavilion – a tea room for Pittencrieff Park built in Cape-Duch style in 1927 by John Fraser. The music pavilion was added in 1934;
• Kirkcaldy Coptic Orthodox Church which serves a congregation of over eight nationalities from across Scotland;
• The King James Library at St Andrews University, a building intended to house books bequeathed by Mary Queen of Scots for the founding of a library, together with the University's existing collections.
Firm favourites from previous years are also on the list, such as:
• North Queensferry Guided Walk starting at the now fully restored harbour light tower; Auchtertool Kirk with an 1886 Casson & Miller organ and beautiful stained glass windows;
• Burntisland’s Museum of Communication and the Great Scots exhibition featuring celebrated 19th century astronomer and mathematician, Mary Somerville;
• Leng Memorial Chapel, a stunning miniature cathedral in 13th century French Gothic style designed by T Martin Cappon, situated in Forgan, Newport On Tay.
Councillor Tony Martin, Chair of the Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee, is delighted to welcome the return of this event: “This is a popular annual fixture offering locals and visitors the chance to view a wide variety of buildings and venues which show off Fife’s rich historical and architectural heritage. It is good to see such strong and continued support from all those who take part and I wish everyone a successful Doors Open Day”.
Under 16’s can pick up a Doors Open Day Children’s passport, at venues, or on line on Fife Direct; Doors Open Days; answer the special question at each of any four venues, anywhere across Fife and send it in for a prize.
The full programme is set out in a brochure available at various outlets throughout Fife including libraries, Council offices, community centres and Tourist Information Centres. Full details can also be found on the Doors Open Days website at www.doorsopendays.co.uk.