Welcome to East Lothian

With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, we have the best of Scotland! It may feel like a million miles away, but it’s only minutes from Edinburgh. East Lothian is not only a great place to visit, it is a great place to live and work. Have a look at just some of the things that make this a wonderful place.

Upcoming Events

Find out what’s happening in East Lothian with events and festivals that attract people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage and wonderful culture featuring the best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation, sport and entertainment.

24-26
May
CoastWord Festival
Friday 24th May-Sunday 26th May 2019
Dunbar

A weekend of words and music events & workshops for all ages set in the beautiful coastal town of Dunbar.  Visit here for more information.

1
Jun
Stobo Castle Ladies Day
Saturday 1st June 2019
11:00am-7:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

A day of horse racing, featuring the £100,000 William Hill Scottish Sprint Club, as well as fashion parades & musical entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

8
Jun
Scottish Fairy Festival
Saturday 8th June 2019
9:00am-5:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Experience a day filled with theatrical wonders, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, food & creative pursuits at the first ever Scottish Fairy Trail.  Visit here for more information.

15-16
Jun
Awesome Bricks
Saturday 15th June-Sunday 16th June 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Join one of Scotland's biggest hands-on LEGO event.  Visit here for more information.

21-23
Jun-Sep
Summer Trail
Friday 21st June-Monday 23rd September 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Airship R.34's first transatlantic flight.  Visit here for more information.

22-23
Jun
Covenanters Besieged
Saturday 22nd June-Sunday 23rd June 2019
12:00pm-4:00pm
Dirleton Castle, Dirleton

Meet the defenders, both royalist and covenanters, find out the difference between Scots and English soldiers, walk through the working living history camp, handle weapons of the time and watch as the soldiers perform an impressive pike drill.  Included in normal admission price.

22
Jun
Harness Racing
Saturday 22nd June 2019
1:30pm-4:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Watch top harness racing trainers, horses and drivers.  Visit here for more information.

29
Jun
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 29th June 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Farmers' Market featuring a wide range of locally produced food & drink.  Visit here for more information.

29
Jun
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 29th June 2019
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Featuring a selection of the UK's most acclaimed street food traders with a family-friendly carnival atmosphere.  Visit here for more information.

3
Jul
Afternoon Meeting
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An afternoon of exhilarating flat racing by the coast, a great way to add some excitement into your week!  Visit here for more information.

3
Jul
Man at Arms
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
2:00pm-5:00pm
Dirleton Castle

Join us for one our special 'Man at Arms' talks, which tell tales of siege warefare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show.  Visit here for more information.

6
Jul
Man at Arms
Saturday 6th July 2019
2:00pm-5:00pm
Dirleton Castle

Join us for our one of our 'Man at Arms' talks, which tell tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show.  Visit here for more information.

10
Jul
Man at Arms
Wednesday 10th July 2019
2:00pm-8:00pm
Dirleton Castle

Join us for one of our special 'Man at Arms' talks, which tell tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show.  Visit here for more information.

11-14
Jul
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
Thursday 11th July-Sunday 14th July 2019
8:00am-6:00pm
The Renaissance Club, Dirleton

The ASI Scottish Open returns to East Lothian when The Renissance Club hosts Scotland's National Open on the European Tour for the first time.  Visit here for details.

23
Jul
Lucas Ice Cream Family Day
Tuesday 23rd July 2019
2:20pm-5:35pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy some holiday fun, seven exciting races, face painting, and children's entertainment .  It's the perfect family day out!.  Visit here for more information.

26
Jul
Canteen Street Food Festival
Friday 26th July 2019
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Featuring a selection of the UK's most acclaimed street food traders with a family-friendly carnival atmosphere.  Visit here for information.

27
Jul
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 27th July 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Farmers' Market featuring a wide range of locally produced food & drink.  Visit here for more information.

27
Jul
Scotland's National Airshow
Saturday 27th July 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight

See airfield old and new take to the skies for an afternoon of breathtaking aerial displays.  Visit here for more information.

2-11
Aug
Fringe by the Sea
Friday 2nd August-Sunday 11th August 2019
Various venues in North Berwick
North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season with an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author & children's events.  Visit here for more information.
2
Aug
Friday Night at the Races
Friday 2nd August 2019
5:40pm-8:50pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Join in the infamous Friday Night at the Races - an evening packed with thrilling flat racing & entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

5-11
Aug
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
Monday 5th August-Sunday 11th August 2019
8:00am-6:00pm
The Renaissance Club, Dirleton

The ASI Ladies Scottish Open returns to East Lothian and will be played at The Renaissance Club.  Visit here for further details.

9
Aug
Family Day Featuring The Archerfield Cup Raceday
Friday 9th August 2019
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Family Day featuring the £30,000 Archerfield Cup, an afternoon of top quality racing and activities for all the family.  Visit here for more information.

10
Aug
North Berwick Highland Games
Saturday 10th August 2019
9:00am-5:00pm
Recreation Park, North Berwick

Enjoy a great day out at the North Berwick Highland Games with a variety of events for everyone.  Visit here for more information.

17
Aug-Jul
Wind in the Willows
Saturday 17th August-Wednesday 17th July 2019
3:00pm-4:40pm
Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh

Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Join Mole, Ratty & Badger on their madcap adventures in this heartwarming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem, performed outdoors.  Visit here for more information.

24-25
Aug
Survival School
Saturday 24th August-Sunday 25th August 2019
11:00am-4:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Learn about navigation, shelter-making, tacking, camouflage and more with a team of survival experts.  Visit here for more information.