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Visit East Lothian | Thursday 2nd April 2020 12:00pm

Usually we like to blog about places to go and things to do in East Lothian to inspire your travel plans. However, right now we are encouraging you to please #stayathome and #staysafe.  Rest assured that you will receive a warm Scottish welcome in East Lothian when it is safe to travel again.

Meantime many of you will be wondering what you can do to keep occupied, especially if you have children and had been looking forward to the Easter holiday.  Our attractions have been busy putting together activities and ideas for you do at home.  We will be sharing these across our social media channels in the coming weeks.

Here are a few to get you started!

You may have seen information on keeping a journal.  John Muir kept diaries and records throughout his life and while you will not be able to record any adventures or explorations at this time it can be helpful to record how you feel in these strange times. Are you happy you get to spend more time at home with your loved ones? Do you miss your school friends or your grandparents? Are you confused about how long it will be before you can go back to your usual activities? It is also a place to keep a note of new discoveries you make doing experiments, arts & crafts or researching a project, hobby or favourite topic!

Some of our key workers are enjoying seeing the pictures in your windows – if you haven’t already you could draw around your hand and decorate it any way you want, put it in your window to wave to key workers as they go past.  They might wave back?!  Of if you prefer, draw a rainbow, flower or smiley face.

Click here for more ideas from John Muir’s Birthplace.

April 21st is John Muir’s birthday and if you live locally you can take your daily exercise by walking or cycling along part of the John Muir Way in celebration of his achievements following the current guidelines of course.


Have fun with some marine themed learning activities that kids (and adults) can do from home.  From reading your favourite marine themed books, making your own puffin food chain mobile or finding out some interesting facts with the Scottish Seabird Centre’s whiteboard animation series about some of their most iconic seabirds.  You can share your favourite books or finished mobiles on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Historic Environment Scotland has lots of great ideas to keep you entertained.  From making your own jousting helmet to learning about working in a castle during medieval times, they have a dedicated page with resources which can also help with creating a teaching itinerary at home.   More information here http://ow.ly/ViRl50yWfVH

A new version of the Historic Scotland App, downloadable from both the Apple and Google Play Stores, has an updated ‘Inspire Me’ section with activities to do at home and short relevant reads about history.  Users can also tick off the sites they have visited so far.  While many of the activities and events you might have been planning to do and attend are not now possible at your favourite historic sites you can still read blogs on e.g. Women’s History Month, the Year of Coasts and Waters and the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath here.

East Lothian Countryside Rangers have hand-picked a few of their favourite learning activities and websites to share with you to keep you in touch with nature over the coming weeks.  They would love for you to share your wildlife experiences on their Facebook & Twitter pages.

Wishing you a safe Easter - take care!