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Free walks and tours for Doors Open Day Weekend

By August 26th, 2019No Comments
Gretna or Eastriggs in the past.

The Devil’s Porridge will be taking part in Doors Open Day weekend this September 7th and 8th. The museum itself will be open as normal (entry charges apply) but we will be offering a series of FREE activities throughout the weekend.

Please email: to book your place, phone 01461 700021 or message us through Facebook. Please book (don’t just show up) so we can plan for numbers. Please specify Gretna walk 1 (10.30 am), Gretna walk 2 (1.30 pm), Eastriggs Walk or visit to the pumping house when you book. You are welcome to come to more than one activity.

Saturday 7th of September

Guided walks around Gretna: a chance to find out about the World War One buildings still in existence with an expert guide. Hospital, doctors house, cinema, maternity unit, hostels, barracks and more!

Starts and finishes at St Andrews Church, Central Avenue.

Walk 1: starts at 10:30am

Walk 2: starts at 1:30pm

Walks will last an hour and a half

Sunday 8th of September


Guided walk around Eastriggs: ‘the commonwealth village’: find out about the different World War One hostels and the workers who lived in them. See where the tennis courts were, the staff houses, the fire brigade, the cinema, the dance hall, the dairy, the police-cells and more!

Walk starts at The Green, Eastriggs and ends at The Devil’s Porridge museum. The walk will last one and a half hours.


A chance to visit the Pumping House with an expert guide. This is one of the only original World War One factory buildings left. We have been given the permission of the land owner to visit inside this building (which is not usually open to the public). Take a look inside the pumping house which was built to supply the Factory and its power station with the water it needed (5 million gallons a day!)

Where to meet,

If you are approaching the Pumping House from Gretna, travel along the A6071 towards Longtown. Turn left at the junction with the A7.

Travel along this road until you see the Pumping House on your right and then park in the layby nearest to the field on your right. Full images and maps will be published on this page nearer the time of the event.

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