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Renfrewshire Doors Open Day 2010

This is an excellent opportunity to get out to buildings and parts of that building you normally can not access.. Also dont just go yourself, join up with others via the website and have a good old sociable day out..

Renfrewshire’s biggest entertainment complex, a hospice therapy unit and a hotel are joining more traditional choices such as churches and museums in a show of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

Xscape Braehead, Ash Tree hotel and the Accord Hospice therapy unit, both in Paisley, will all feature in Renfrewshire’s 17th Doors Open Day programme on the weekend of September 11/12.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open or accessible to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Planning and Transport.

Sixty venues will be participating. On Saturday 11 September venues in Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Erskine will be open. On Sunday 12 September the venues in Johnstone, Elderslie, Renfrew and Erskine will be on show.

Once again Doors Open Day visitors in Paisley will have the opportunity of being transported between venues in style thanks to funeral directors J and W Goudie. The firm is again laying on a limousine shuttle.

This year’s programme also features the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport. Youngsters who have their passport stamped at five participating venues can claim a certificate and gift at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall will be opening their doors for the annual national event. This year is the 29th anniversary of Doors Open Day and also the 29th Anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s death. In celebration of Dahl’s fantastic stories, take a tour of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory using clever CGI technology at Paisley Town Hall; make your own ‘Witches’ hat at Paisley Arts Centre; and find escaped insects from James’ giant peach at Paisley Museum!

Archaeology again features prominently with excavations at Paisley Abbey. That will involve a further dig which should reveal more about the construction history of the Abbey Drain. There will also be an archaeological evaluation of site of the west range of the Abbey’s monastic cloister which was demolished in 1874.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme,” said Councillor Iain Nicholson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board.

“One of the main ideas behind the Doors Open Day programme is to show people the continuing relevance of an area’s past. Nowhere is that more true than in Renfrewshire. We are proud of our heritage and Doors Open Day gives people the chances to visit free of charge iconic buildings and sites in towns and communities across Renfrewshire.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme and Children’s Passport will be available in the next few days from council offices, libraries, arts centres and museums, as well as Paisley tourist information centre, Paisley Abbey, India of Inchinnan, Braehead/Xscape.

Both programmes are available online on our Doors Open Day page.

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Paisley and Renfrewshire Doors open day 2010

The Full listings for the Doors Open day 2010 are now online, if you have not taken part in the Doors Open day in the past, I would urge you to try it out and visit a few locations in the town or throughout Renfrewshire, its amazing to see some of the gems in our town.

Renfrewshire:  11 September 2010 – 12 September 2010

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 60 buildings taking part.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD.  If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Paisley Abbey Cluny 2010 – This year towns and villages throughout Europe have been celebrating the eleventh hundred anniversary of the founding of the Cluniac Order.  Paisley Abbey is one of only two Cluniac monasteries (the other being Crossraguel) and a series of events have taken place to celebrate the anniversary including a medieval fair, concert, coach tours, historical talks, a conference on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage and an exhibition ” Charters and Chamber Pots: Aspects of Medieval Paisley” at Paisley Museum.

Celebrating Tannahill – 2010 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Robert Tannahill and to mark this a series of events focusing on  and celebrating his life and work has been taking place including poetry readings,performances, talks, guided walks, exhibitions, concerts and the creation of two poetry walls.  Tannahill’s Cottage will be included in the DOD programme.