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.

East Lothian Ranger Events

The Countryside Rangers run a series of events throughout the year to help people of all ages discover more about the natural world that surrounds us.  

With something to suit all taste and abilities from Wildlife experiences for adults, Family Activities, Junior Explorers and Wildlife tours.  They offer day long wildlife tours by minibus, half-day bikes tours and a variety of events for adults throughout the year varying in length, topic and location.

Click here for more information.

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
Feb
The Whirlybird
Saturday 22nd February 2020
2:00pm-2:50pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Kids will enjoy this funny, playful and moving piece of theatre about learning to fly.  Visit here for more information.

26
Feb
Jumps Meeting
Wednesday 26th February 2020
2:10pm-5:10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy a more relaxed day where the focus is on exciting jumps racing.  Visit here for more information.

26-29
Feb
Annie : Captivate Theatre
Wednesday 26th February-Saturday 29th February 2020
7:30pm-0:00am
The Brunton, Ladywel Way, Musselburgh

Captivate Theatre bring this much-loved family favourite to The Brunton.  After two years at the Edinburgh Fringe with sell out audiences and great reviews.  Young but determined orphan Annie's luck changes when she gets to spend Christmas with billionaire Daddy Warbucks.  Visit here for more information.

7
Mar
Red Bridge Arts: The Secret Garden
Saturday 7th March 2020
2:00pm-3:10pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Red Bridge Art presents The Secret Garden adapted by Rosalind Sydney.  Join Mary on a journey filled with secrets and mystery, unexpected friendships... and the magical power of a wild and beautiful place.  Visit here for more information.

20-21
Mar
Mother's Day Crafts
Friday 20th March-Saturday 21st March 2020
Newhailes House & Gardens, Newhailes Road, Edinburgh

Bring your little ones along to create a special card, gift or picture for Mothering Sunday.  During the session, children will be able to use a variety of materials and be taught some new artistic skills!.  Visit here for more information.

20
Mar
Racing Post 'Go North' Weekend
Friday 20th March 2020
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy the very first 'Go North' Racing weekend with great quality racing on offer.  Visit here for more information.

28
Mar
John Muir Ultra Marathon
Saturday 28th March 2020
8:00am-4:00pm

The John Muir Ultra Marathon is back for it's 4th consecutive year, runners will tackle the John Muir Way as it follows East Lothian's stunning and iconic coastline from Port Seton Promenade to Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar.  Visit here for more information.

28
Mar
Winton Trail Run 2020
Saturday 28th March 2020
12:00pm-5:00pm
Winton Castle, Pencaitland

The Winton Trail Run is over 10k, 5k or Family 3.5k tracks and offers a unique opportunity to run off road through some of East Lothian's most beautiful countryside on Winton Estate.  Visit here for more information and to book.

29
Mar
Sun, Sea & Sandstone 2020
Sunday 29th March 2020
2:00pm-4:00pm
Whitesands Car Park

Step back in time to uncover evidence of East Lothian's ancient past, recorded in the rocks and fossils of coastline.  Visit here for more information.

31
Mar
Start of the Flats Season
Tuesday 31st March 2020
2:20pm-5:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The start of the flat season, come and see some of the new favourite jockeys and horses for the 2020 season.  Visit here for more information.

5
Apr
Archerfield 10K
Sunday 5th April 2020
10:00am-11:30am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Run, walk or jog around the leafy Archerfield Estate and take in surrounding beauty spots & landmarks including Yellowcraig beach, Fidra Island & Dirleton Castle.  Visit here for more information.

7
Apr
Puppet Animation Festival: Anonymouse
Tuesday 7th April 2020
11:00am-11:40am
North Berwick Community Centre

A story about a writer who comes to the woods for inspiration and finds the greatest things in the tiniest of spaces.  Visit here for more information.

9
Apr
Puppet Animation Festival: The Crab Prince
Thursday 9th April 2020
2:00pm-2:50pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

A beautifully crafted comedy puppet show about friendship, home and the environment with the chance for the audience to save the day.  Visit here for more information.

10-13
Apr
Easter Woodland Fun at Newhailes
Friday 10th April-Monday 13th April 2020
7:42am
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Join in the first-ever Easter Woodland Fun event.  Follow the crazy, fun-packed trail, win prizes & enjoy exciting games.  Visit here for more information.

10-13
Apr
Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 10th April-Monday 13th April 2020
9:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Join East Links Family Park for a massive Easter egg hunt.  Look for red or gold eggs round the park to win a chocolate egg!  There will also be face painting and lots of baby animals to see!  Visit here for more information.

10-13
Apr
Easter Eggsplorer Trails
Friday 10th April-Monday 13th April 2020
9:30am-5:30pm
Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Join in our Easter eggsploration through some of our most iconic castles, abbeys, forts and palaces.  Can you find all the clues to complete the challenge? Event is included in the normal admission price.  Visit here for more information.

10-13
Apr
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 10th April-Monday 13th April 2020
10:00am-5:00pm
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Bring the whole family together this Easter to the Cadbury Easter Egg hunts.  Follow the trails, solve the clues & finish your adventure with a Cadbury chocolate treat.  Visit here for more information.

10
Apr
Easter Big Top Event
Friday 10th April 2020
11:00am-5:00pm
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh

Roll up roll up! The Big Top comedy circus show event returns.  Be entertained by fabulous performers and then learn some amazing skills.  Visit here for more information.

11
Apr
Easter Egg Trail
Saturday 11th April 2020
1:48pm
Yester Estate, Gifford

Come and help find the lost giant eggs, follow the trail to the end and exchange your map for a real chocolate Easter egg.  Visit here for more information.

11
Apr
Betway Easter Saturday
Saturday 11th April 2020
1:50pm-5:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy an Easter spectacular of first-class racing including the prestigious £100,000 Queen's Cup highlight and the renowned Scottish Sprint Cup.  Visit here for more information.

11
Apr
Puppet Animation Festival: The Selfish Giant
Saturday 11th April 2020
2:00pm-2:50pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and audience interaction are used to explore an unusual friendship.  Visit here for more information.

15
Apr
Puppet Animation Festival: Gingerbread Man
Wednesday 15th April 2020
2:30pm-2:45pm
Fraser Centre, Tranent

Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits, trees, houses & stars in the sky and into this beautiful world comes a Gingerbread Man, creating havoc wherever he goes.  Visit here for more information.

26
Apr
The Early Bird 2020
Sunday 26th April 2020
7:00am-9:00am
Gullane Bents Car Park

Ever wondered how to tell a chiffchatt from a willow warbler; a song thrush from a blackbird? The secret lies in the wonderful world of birdsong, and this short walk around Gullane Bents will provide a taster for the rich and varied sounds produced by our native birds.  Visit here for more information.

30
Apr
Afternoon Meeting
Thursday 30th April 2020
1:45pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy an afternoon of exhilirating flat racing by the coast.  Visit here for more information.

1
May
Afternoon Meeting
Friday 1st May 2020
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy an afternoon of exhilirating flat racing by the coast.  Visit here for more information.

6
May
East Lothian Wildlife Tour
Wednesday 6th May 2020
10:00am-4:00pm
tbc

Day long tour to discover the wildlife, landscaping and geology of East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.

9-10
May
Medieval Weekend
Saturday 9th May-Sunday 10th May 2020
12:00pm-4:00pm
Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

It's the early 1300s and the Scottish Wars of Independence rage.  Explore the living history camp, see weapons in the armoury, smell food cooking in the kitchens, play some medieval games and have a go at calligraphy with real iron gall ink!  Visit here for more informatoin.

11
May
Goliath Cup Raceday
Monday 11th May 2020
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy an afternoon of racing to sample the delights of Musselburgh Racecourse with your family and friends.  Visit here for more information.

13
May
East Lothian Wildlife Tour
Wednesday 13th May 2020
10:00am-4:00pm
TBC

Day long tour to discover the wildlife, landscape and geology of East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.

16
May
Detox Health Beauty Festival
Saturday 16th May 2020
10:00am-5:30pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Featuring an line up of experts from the world of health, wellbeing & natural beauty.  Take in the gardens & grounds & enjoy a day aimed at enriching your mind, body & soul.  Visit here for more information.

20
May
East Lothian Wildlife Tour
Wednesday 20th May 2020
10:00am-4:00pm
TBC

Day long tour to discover the wildlife, landscape and geology of East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.