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.

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.

27
Jun
Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves
Thursday 27th June 2019
7:00pm-9:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Open air performance - perfect for summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.  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.

4
Jul
Mache Mackerel
Thursday 4th July 2019
10:00am-12:00pm
Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Join us for Seaside Fun and beach inspired crafts, visit Morrison's Haven and do some beachcoming then head back to the museum for a crafty creative art workshop.  To book call 0131 653 2904.

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.

11
Jul
Witch School
Thursday 11th July 2019
9:45am-12:45pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, High Street, Dunbar

Discover some of the stories of the witches kept in Dunbar Town house jail cells, make your own hat and concoct your very own potion.  To book Tel 01620 820699.

18
Jul
Roaming Romans
Thursday 18th July 2019
10:00am-1:00pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

Visit the exciting Treasures from the Hoard Exhibition and be inspired for a creative Roman themed art workshop recreating Roman Jewellery and weaponry.  Have fun dressing up in Roman clothes too!.  To book Tel 01620 820690.

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.

25
Jul
John Muir the Writer
Thursday 25th July 2019
10:00am-1:00pm
John Muir Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

Be inspired by our exhibition 'John Muir, Writer'.  Make your own graphic novel of John's adventures with Stickeen the dog, and have a go at making a campaign poster for a cause close to your home.  To book a space, tel 01368 865899.

26
Jul
DJ Yoda at Off the Wall
Friday 26th July 2019
7:30pm-0:30am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Open-air summer party with multi-award-dinning hip-hop DJ and producer.  Visit here for more 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.

27
Jul
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 27th 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 atmosphere.  Visit here for more information.

1
Aug
Walk on the Wild Side
Thursday 1st August 2019
1:30pm-3:30pm
Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Discover the natural beauty and heritage of Prestongrange on this nature ramble.  There will also be a craft activity making bird feeders for our gardens.  To book, tel 0131 653 2904.

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.

8
Aug
CSI 1650
Thursday 8th August 2019
9:45am-12:45pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, High Street, Dunbar
Inspired by our summer exhibition looking at the remains of soldiers captured at the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.  How did they find these skeletons were prisoners of war from Dunbar?   To book, Ttel 01620 820699.
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.

27
Aug
Evening Race Meeting
Tuesday 27th August 2019
5:40pm-8:50pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Make the most of the summer evenings at the races!  Visit here for more information.

28
Aug
Afternoon Race Meeting
Wednesday 28th August 2019
1:50pm-4:55pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Join a mid week fixture in the final throes of summer.  Visit here for more information.

31
Aug
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 31st August 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

31
Aug
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 31st August 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.

6
Sep
Evening Race Meeting
Friday 6th September 2019
4:25pm-7:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Head down to the races to start your weekend the right way!  Visit here for more information.

13-22
Sep
The Lammermuir Festival
Friday 13th September-Sunday 22nd September 2019
Various venues throughout East Lothian
A festival of beautiful music played by internationally-renowned artists in celebrated venues throughout the historic county.  Visit here for more information.
14
Sep
The Caledonian Cup Raceday
Saturday 14th September 2019
3:30pm-6:55pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy 7 flat races including the £20,000 Caledonian Cup, live music, local Caledonian beers and an array of delicious fresh foods.  Visit here for more information.