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.

The Saltire Festival

The Saltire Festival is back for 2019 and is celebrating it's 10th anniversary! 

There will be exciting events marking St. Andrew's Day taking place across East Lothian from Sunday 24th November - Sunday 1st December bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag with something to suit people of all ages and passions.

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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.

12-21
Oct
Pumpkin Festival & Spooktober
Saturday 12th October-Monday 21st October 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Choose your own pumpkin from their field then head over to the workshop to design and help carve your own design.  While you're there, are you brave enough to enter the Haunted House?  Visit here for more information.

14-18
Oct
Reach for the Skies
Monday 14th October-Friday 18th October 2019
12:00pm-4:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Explore the site and take part in a range of family activities during half term.  Visit here for more information.

18-21
Oct
The Patch
Friday 18th October-Monday 21st October 2019
10:00am-4:00pm
Kilduff Farm, Athestaneford

Explore the giant pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin to take home and carve.  While you're there, have a go at the bale maze and enjoy tasting hot chocolate & warming snacks.  Visit here for more information.

20-24
Oct
World Hickory Open Festival 2019
Sunday 20th October-Thursday 24th October 2019
10:32am
Dunbar, Kilspindie, Gullane 2 & 3 Golf Clubs

The tournament returns to Scotland's Golf Coast and features all links courses guaranteed to test the skills of each and every golfer in the field.  Visit here for more information.

25-27
Oct
The Patch
Friday 25th October-Sunday 27th October 2019
10:00am-4:00pm
Kilduff Farm, Athelstaneford

Explore the giant pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin to take home and carve.  While you're there, have a go at the bale maze and enjoy hot chocolate & warming snacks.  Visit here for more information.

26-27
Oct
Haunted Woodland Trail
Saturday 26th October-Sunday 27th October 2019
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Come and visit the Haunted Woodland and be spooked on the eerie trail.  Along the way, count bats, hunt for spiders but beware of the deadly cemetery!  Visit here for more information.

26
Oct
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 26th October 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

26-27
Oct
Pumpkin Festival & Spooktober
Saturday 26th October-Sunday 27th October 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Choose your own pumpkin from their field then head over to the workshop to design and help carve your own design.  While you're there, are you brave enough to enter the Haunted House?  Visit here for more information.

28
Oct
Saltire Festival 2019: Prestonpans Battlefield by Night Tour
Monday 28th October 2019
7:30pm-10:00pm
Prestonpans

Join battlefield historian, Arran Johnston, for an atmospheric exploration of Prestonpans Battlefield, uncovering the forgotten story of the battle. Tours are free, but must be booked in advance.  Visit here for more information.

6
Nov
Start of the Jumps Race Meeting
Wednesday 6th November 2019
12:45pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The first day of the 2019-20 jumps season!  Visit here for more information.

25
Nov
Saltire Raceday
Monday 25th November 2019
12:45pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

As part of the Saltire Festival, celebrate the run up to St. Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing.  Visit here for more information.

27
Nov
Saltire Festival 2019: Scotland on Film - Robert The Bruce
Wednesday 27th November 2019
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

A film screening of the film 'Robert the Bruce'  to celebrate the Saltire Festival.  Featuring Angus Macfadyen reprising the role he played so memorably in Braveheart as Scottish Leader Robert the Bruce in this retelling of the legendary story.  Visit here for more information.

28
Nov
Saltire Festival 2019: Lanterne Rouge: The Launch Open Day
Thursday 28th November 2019
Lanterne Rouge Cafe, Gifford

A free drop in open day event to celebrate the launch of the Anthology - Lanterne Rouge: The Last, which includes a mix of Scottish poetry.  The afternoon session will run from 1pm-4pm showcasing poetry from Yester Primary School pupils & live music by OMD.  The evening session with include readings from nine of the published poets & free wine & nibbles.  At both sessions, you will have the opportunity to buy the newly published Anthology. 

29-4
Nov-Jan
Cinderella
Friday 29th November-Saturday 4th January 2020
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6RU

Traditional pantomime - fun for all the family! Visit here for more information.

29
Nov
Saltire Festival: Foxtrail Winter Running Series - 5k & 10K Trail Runs
Friday 29th November 2019
6:00pm-10:00pm
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

Get ready to run through the illuminated woodland with the foxes in the woods surrounding Foxlake in the dead of night.  It's time to don the head torch and join the ranks of over 200 runners under the stars as you meander through trails surrounding Foxtrail HQ.  The event is Saltire themed, that means all things tartan and blue & white are welcomed.  Visit here to register.

30
Nov
Saltire Festival 2019: St. Andrew's Day Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 30th November 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Come and enjoy the atmosphere of the Haddington Farmers' Market on St. Andrew's Day itself and pick up some special recipes so you can cook you're very own St. Andrew's Day dishes at home!

30
Nov
Saltire Festival: Foxtrail Winter Running Series - Nocturnal Ultra
Saturday 30th November 2019
4:00pm-10:00pm
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

The Nocturnal Ultra Marathon is back for 2019! For those new to the marathon, the format is simple; 5km loop, 6 hours, furthest distance wins - all under darkness. Expect fireworks, music, illuminated woodland and a few surprises along the route. Whether you are aiming for 70km or 17km, the Nocturnal will have something for everyone!

The event is Saltire themed, that means all things tartan and blue & white are welcomed.  Visit here to register.

1
Dec
Musselburgh Christmas Market
Sunday 1st December 2019
11:00am-3:00pm
Town Hall, Musselburgh

Bring the family along and enjoy a great shopping experience right on your doorstep. 

1
Dec
Saltire Festival 2019: Man at Arms
Sunday 1st December 2019
1:30pm-2:30pm
Dirleton Castle

Come along to Dirleton Castle to experience a special 'Man at Arms' talk, which tell tales of siege warfare & castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons on show.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
Saltire Festival 2019: The Rezillos & Big Country
Sunday 1st December 2019
8:00pm-10:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Featuring two great bands playing their much loved hits on stage to close the Saltire Festival celebrations.  Visit here for more information.

2
Dec
Jumps Race Meeting
Monday 2nd December 2019
12:15pm-3:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An afternoon of exciting jumps racing.  Visit here for more information.

6-24
Dec
A Christmas Fairy Trail
Friday 6th December-Tuesday 24th December 2019
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

An immersive theatrical experience set along 1.5km designed as a magical world of fairies and forest folk, with surprise around every corner.  Visit here for more information.

7-8
Dec
Father Christmas at Newhailes House
Saturday 7th December-Sunday 8th December 2019
10:00am-3:00pm
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Make this Christmas super magic and visit Father Christmas at Newhailes House.  Visit here for more information.

9
Dec
Christmas Jumps Race Meeting
Monday 9th December 2019
12:15pm-3:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An afternoon of jumps racing, for the racing enthusiast, novice or an ideal opportunity for a festive celebration with your team.  Visit here for more information.

14-15
Dec
Father Christmas at Newhailes House
Saturday 14th December-Sunday 15th December 2019
10:00am-3:00pm
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Make this Christmas super magic and visit Father Christmas at Newhailes House.  Visit here for more information.

21-24
Dec
Funbox - Christmas in Toy Town 2019
Saturday 21st December-Tuesday 24th December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Kick start you Christmas celebrations with Funbox! Head to Toy Town for the brand new seasonal spectacular from Anya, Kevin, Gary & Bonzo The Dog.  Performances at 12 noon & 3pm from 21st - 23rd Sept and 12 noon & 2pm on 24th Dec. Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: It's in the Bag - Sam & Rosie's Highland Adventure
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Disaster strikes just as the Highland Feast & Ceilidh are about to begin.  Grandad's prize winning haggis has gone.  Sam & Rosie must solve the mystery.  Fun for ages 3-6 years.  Performances at 12.30 & 1.20.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: Clydebuilt Puppets - How The Raven Stole the Moon
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Fun packed puppet show based on a Native American story with a wonderful Raven based on a totem pole design and lovely cloth puppets, modelled on toys of Native American origin.  Visit here for more information.  Two showings at 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: Lantern Making
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Make your own lantern for the 7pm Parade, leave it and an elegant hook will be added, then return at 6.30pm to collect before joining the Parade.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: Samba Drumming Workshop
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Have fun learning to drum samba style! For ages 8 plus.  Sessions at 11am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: It's In The Bag - Sam & Rosie's Tartan Tea Party
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Join Sam & Rosie as they journey to the North of Scotland for the annual Tartan Tea Party.  With lots of well known Scottish nursery rhymes and songs, guaranteed fun for little ones aged 0-2 years.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay: Family Ceilidhs
Tuesday 31st December 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Lively fun for all the family with pipers, ceilidh band and Scottish Country Dancers.  Watch the dance display then join in, a caller will keep you right.  Ceilidhs at 1pm & 3.30pm.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmania
Tuesday 31st December 2019
7:45pm-0:00am
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Musselburgh welcomes in 2020 with Hogmania! A family friendly New Year's Party with live music, dancing, piper and traditional Hogmanay snacks.  Visit here for more information.

1
Jan
The Betway New Year's Day Race Meeting
Wednesday 1st January 2020
12:30pm-5:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Start 2020 in style at the New Year's Day race meeting.  The day will be filled with great racing, live entertainment, cost marquee's, winter fashion competition with fantastic prizes.  Visit here for more information.