Take a look at Midlothian’s heritage

Pupils from Cornbank Primary, Penicuik, launch the Scottish Civic  Trust's Doors Open Day at Penicuik House
Pupils from Cornbank Primary, Penicuik, launch the Scottish Civic Trust's Doors Open Day at Penicuik House

Historic houses and churches, industrial heritages sites, and a lost garden are some of the venues taking part in this year’s Doors Open Day.

A total of 23 venues will be throwing their doors open to the public on Saturday.

The annual event encourages buildings which are not normally open to the public, or which usually charge for entry, to open free of charge to visitors.

Highlights this year include Penicuik House, where a six-year project to consolidate the ruin was completed last year, as well as the ‘Lost Garden’, a community-led initiative to re-establish a former garden on the Penicuik Estate. There will be guided tours of both locations during the Saturday afternoon.

The Wildlife Information Centre in Vogrie Country Park will also provide an insight into the wildlife of Midlothian from 11am to 4pm, while Cousland Smiddy is offering demonstrations of the blacksmith’s work from 10am to 4.30pm.

A host of Midlothian churches are involved in Doors Open Day including Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St John’s and King’s Park Church and St Nicholas Buccleuch Church, all Dalkeith; Glencorse Kirk, Lasswade Church, Rosewell Parish Church, and St James the Less Church, Penicuik.

There will be a chance to explore the gatehouse and mausoleum at the Old Pentland Cemetery.

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.

The full 2015 Midlothian Doors Open Day programme is available at www.midlothian.gov.uk/doorsopendays or e-mail doorsopendays@midlothian.gov.uk for more information.

Doors Open Day is part of European Heritage Days. Doors Open Day activities in Midlothian are organised by the council and the project is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust with support from Archaeology Scotland and Historic Scotland.

For more information visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk