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Bon Accord Baths Open Weekend

Bon Accord Open Weekend June 2021

Bon Accord Heritage is inviting the Aberdeen public to an open weekend at the historic listed building.

The open weekend will be held from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.

Visitors will be able to view the famous pool hall, as well as tour previously unseen spaces, such as the private bathing area – where locals came to bathe before bathrooms were the norm in the home. The old café in the pool hall will also be accessible which will be turned into a merchandise stall for the event.

A display area focusing on the history of the site, along with the charity’s plan to save the building will be available.

Once again, there will be a number of social distancing measures in place to make sure the area is Covid-19 secure.

They include 2m distancing and members of the public being asked to wear face coverings when inside the building and to sanitise their hands upon entry.

Limited numbers will be allowed in the building at any one time, and we ask that members of the public spread visits over the two days and attend at quieter times if possible.

If any members of the public have additional support needs and would like to visit please contact info@bonaccordbaths.org.uk to discuss support requirements.

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Bon Accord Baths helps police dog training

Bon Accord Baths helps police dog training

We are helping Police Scotland’s dog unit in providing a training space for the forces four legged colleagues. 

Recognising the unique space the building offers, Police Scotland asked Bon Accord Heritage if it could be used to expose the dog unit to varying environments. 

Offering unusual acoustics, different smells and various underfoot conditions the building is a great training ground for the dogs to experience. The vast space also allows plenty of options when it comes to providing track and search exercises for the unit. 

Sergeant Dave MacKinnon from the Dog Unit in Aberdeen said: “The venue is one of a number that we use to get the dogs used to different surroundings, sounds and smells as this is an important part of their training. 

“The variety of training options that the Bon Accord Baths provide make it a really useful venue for us to be able to train the police dogs in and we are extremely grateful to Bon Accord Heritage for providing us with the opportunity to train here.” 

Steven Cooper, Secretary for Bon Accord Heritage said: “We have unfortunately had to call upon the police to help with a number of break ins to the building in the past. However, with improved security measures now in place we are delighted to be in a position to now help Police Scotland. 

‘It’s great to be able to support the local community with such a unique request – PD Beans, PD Ice and their furry team are welcome any time!” 

The unit will be using the building at varying times throughout the day and night to help upskill the dogs. 

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