Wild times ahead across north-east for this year’s Doors Open Day

The public will be able to see behind the scenes of properties like Aberdeen University's zoology building

The public will be invited behind the scenes at some of the north-east’s most intriguing buildings tomorrow for this year’s Doors Open Day.

The management of more than 130 properties, across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, will be asking the curious to take a peek and discover their secrets, including dozens of new buildings for 2017.

From the taxidermy-filled halls of Aberdeen University’s zoology building, to Lossiemouth’s Covesea Lighthouse and the historic grounds of Drum Castle, the day will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover something new about their favourite places.

Even the Freemasons will be flinging open the doors of their historic hall on Crown Street in Aberdeen, which was first built in 1910.

Historian Chris Croly, the organiser of this year’s Doors Open Day events in Aberdeen, said: “We’ve got 12 new buildings this year in Aberdeen alone, which is an unprecedented number of new buildings.

“We’ve got so many different activites for everyone, for example the Confucius Institute in Old Aberdeen will be hosting traditional Chinese tea ceremonies and calligraphy lessons.

“And the central fire station will be inviting everyone to come inside and see what they do to help save lives…there’s something for everyone.

“There are even tours of Aberdeen Sheriff Court and the cells – and the best part is, they’ll even let you out afterwards.

“So many of the properties taking part in Doors Open Day are never usually accessible, so it will be a real treat especially for those who are interested in architecture.

“And the best thing is, everything is free – some of the events might require booking, but you won’t have to spend a penny.”

To find the full list, visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk

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