Don't miss Doors Open Day

Dalkeith Fire Station

There are new venues taking part

Thistle Modelmakers Railway Club and the Midlothian Camera club are among the new venues participating in Midlothian Doors Open Day 2017 on Saturday 9 September.

30 venues will be throwing open their doors

On the day, 30 venues, not normally open to the public or that usually charge, are throwing open their doors to the public for free.

Visit the home of the Dundas family

Attractions include Arniston House, the private family home of the Dundas family near Gorebridge and Dalkeith Community Fire Station.

The Midlothian event is 22 years old

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “This is a fantastic event, now in its 22nd year in Midlothian, believe it or not.

You can sit in a fire engine

“This year is going to be terrific, we’ve got Food by the Fire and storytelling at Newbyres Castle in Gorebridge, bat walks at Straiton Pond and Vogrie Country Park and even a Tea Dance at the Corn Exchange and museum to celebrate the history of the Empress Ballroom.

“There’s lots for all the family, whether you fancy a sit in a fire engine at  Dalkeith Community Fire Station or the chance to watch a demonstration by a blacksmith at Cousland Smiddy.”

Dalkeith Masonic Lodge has guided tours

Guided tours of Dalkeith Masonic Lodge and Loanhead and Lasswade Lodge St Leonard are available while the National Mining Museum is offering a tour of the undercroft (which must be booked in advance).

There is something for everyone

Whether you want to find out more about local history and architecture, learn about the industrial heritage of Midlothian, or simply bring the family along for a good day out, the programme has something for everyone. 

More information about the highlights

Thistle Modelmakers will be open on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September from 12:00 until 16:00.  Special tours of the grounds of the former Rosslynlee Hospital will take place on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 September at 10:30 and 11:30 (please note: the building interior is not included and advance booking is essential).

How to find out more

The full 2017 Midlothian Doors Open Day programme is available at:

Doors Open Day is part of European Heritage Days

Doors Open Day is part of European Heritage Days. Doors Open Day activities in Midlothian are organised by the council and the project is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust with support from Archaeology Scotland and Historic Scotland. For more information visit

Picture: Dalkeith Fire Station and Midlothian Council's Ranger Service will all be taking part in this year's Doors Open Day in Midlothian. From left to right, the picture shows Ranger Rachel McAleese, Community Fire Fighter Ian Fleming, Councillor Russell Imrie, Local Area Liaison Officer with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service David Ward, Watch Manager at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Andy Adams and Ranger Alan Krumholds.  



15 Aug 2017