East Ayrshire Leisure is throwing open the doors of Cumnock's Baird Institute, as well as Dean Castle, the Palace Theatre, and the Dick Institute this weekend.

They are marking the annual Doors Open Day on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 with some special tours.

You can come along to the Palace Theatre and get the opportunity to peek behind the curtain on a backstage tour and examine articles from the building's performance archives.

Visitors are invited to bring along their own memories of the Palace Theatre and Grand Hall and share them with East Ayrshire Leisure's oral histories team.

Guided tours including backstage will leave from the Box Office at 11 am and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday - first come first served.

The Baird Institute and Dick Institute will welcome people to 'Gifted by my Granny' sessions.

At these sessions, they will be looking in more detail at some special objects from East Ayrshire Council's collections, and invite you to bring along your own special object, treasure or family heirloom and share its story with us.

Gifted by my Granny sessions are free but must be booked by contacting the Baird Institute during normal opening hours (Thurs – Sat) on 01290 427084 and the Dick Institute (Tue – Sat) on 01563 554300.

Baird Institute sessions are: 12.30-1.30pm and 2 -3pm, while Dick Institute sessions are 11am and 2pm.

Also at the Dick Institute, experts will be showing some special objects from the collections and talking about the fascinating stories and history behind them.

For families there are Mythical Stories sessions that will take place on Saturday September 9 at 12pm and 3pm where you can join Michaella for a creative session around the building as part of our Gifted by Your Granny themed day.

Cumnock Chronicle: Dean CastleDean Castle (Image: East Ayrshire Leisure)

You can also explore the recently renovated 14th century Dean Castle which houses world class collections and find out more about its rich and bloody history

If you're an Outlander fan, then a visit to Dean Castle Country Park is a must as the Castle and surrounding area was used as a filming location for Season 2 of the hit TV series.

From the exquisite craftsmanship and rarity of the musical instrument collection to the Viking sword that fires the imagination, the Dean Castle collections - as well as the Castle itself – represent over 1,000 years of the history of Ayrshire, its people and the story of Scotland.