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.

European Stone Stacking Championship

The annual European Stone Stacking Championships takes place on 20th & 21st April.  Now in it's 3rd year, the competition brings together a community of stackers from across Europe and features some inspiring and breathtaking balances.

The competition takes place at Eye Cave Beach on Bayswell Road, Dunbar.

Click here for further 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.

23-24
Mar
Superhero Weekend
Saturday 23rd March-Sunday 24th March 2019
1:56pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

A great weekend filled with lots of superhero fun including photo backdrop, themed hunt, design your own superhero logo & daily fancy dress competition.  Visit here for more information.

24-26
Mar
CoastWord Festival
Sunday 24th March-Tuesday 26th March 2019
9:00am

A weekend-long festival bringing together established and emerging writers, poets, songwriters, authors & playwrights.  Visit here for more information.

30
Mar
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 30th March 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

30
Mar
Canteen Street Food Festival - The Relaunch
Saturday 30th March 2019
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

The ever popular street food festival is back with incredible food, great tunes and lots to keep the little ones entertained.  Visit here for more information. 

2
Apr
Start of the Flat Season
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
2:15pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

See of the new favourite jockeys and horses for the 2019 season.  Visit here for more information.

6
Apr
Paddling Film Festival 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019
6:45pm-10:00pm
Gullane Village Hall

An international adventure film tour presenting the world's best paddling films of the year - whitewater, sea, kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action & lifestyle - in more than 120 cities & towns across Canada, USA & around the world.  North Berwick Kayak Club are delighted to be one of the hosts screening this years' best paddling films.  Visit here for more information.

9
Apr
The Whirlybird
Tuesday 9th April 2019
11:00am-12:00pm
North Berwick Community Centre

Part of Puppet Animation Festival. Charming ecologically driven ugly duckling tale told through storytelling, music and puppetry.  Visit here for more information.

10
Apr
Lost Bear
Wednesday 10th April 2019
2:00pm-2:40pm
Haddington Town House

Part of Puppet Animation Festival - A gentle tale for little ones created with an infectious sense of fun and adventure for all those, large and small, who still love their toys.  Visit here for more information.

12
Apr
Oskar's Amazing Adventure
Friday 12th April 2019
2:00pm-2:50pm
The Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.  Using a mix of storytelling, physical theatre, clowning, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy's search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps.  Visit here for more information.

14
Apr
Nudge Puppets: Tricky - A Fairy Story
Sunday 14th April 2019
2:00pm-3:30pm
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington

Part of Puppet Animation Festival. A story about tricks, patience and love, about Puck, a baby fairy vying for attention and learning to share.  Visit here for more information.

15-22
Apr
Further, Faster, Higher
Monday 15th April-Monday 22nd April 2019
11:00am-4:00pm
Natoinal Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Discover the science behind the technological breakthroughs that allow people to travel at the speed of sound at the edge of space.  Visit here for more information.

18
Apr
Modest Proposal: The Dragon & Whales
Thursday 18th April 2019
2:00pm-2:45pm
Prestonpans Community Centre.

A tale for young audiences about growing up, celebrating your differences and finding your place in the world, with imaginative fantastical puppet creatures, projects, music and charming storytelling.  Visit here for more information.

19-22
Apr
Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 19th April-Monday 22nd April 2019
9:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park

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.

19-22
Apr
Easter Eggsplorer Trails
Friday 19th April-Monday 22nd April 2019
9:30am-5:30pm
Dirleton Castle, Dirleton, EH39 5ER

Join in our Easter eggsploration through our iconic castle.  Can you find all the clues to complete the challenge?  Drop in throughout the day, this event is included in the normal admission price.

19-22
Apr
Easter Eggsplorer Trails
Friday 19th April-Monday 22nd April 2019
9:30am-5:30pm
Tantallon Castle, North Berwick

Join our Easter eggsploration through our most iconic castle.  Drop in throughout the day, this event is included in the normal admission price.  Visit here for more information.

19-22
Apr
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 19th April-Monday 22nd April 2019
11:00am-0:00am
Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the magic of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.  Visit here for more information.

20
Apr
Easter Saturday Raceday
Saturday 20th April 2019
1:50pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An ideal destination for couples, friends & groups looking for an Easter get together with a difference with live music & entertainment and an array of exciting street food stalls. Families can look forward to a dedicated kids zone featuring game stalls, fairground rides and more.  Visit here for more information.

20
Apr
Vision Mechanics: Paper Memories
Saturday 20th April 2019
2:00pm-2:45pm

Part of Puppet Animation Festival. Through aerial-dance, puppetry we share the bright and colourful memories of Tali, a refugee girl arriving in Scotland.  Visit here for more information.

20-21
Apr
European Stone Stacking Championships
Saturday 20th April-Sunday 21st April 2019
4:00pm-0:00am
Eye Cave Beach, Bayswell Road, Dunbar

This competition brings together a community of stackers from across Europe featuring some inspiring and breathtaking balances.  Visit here for more information.

27
Apr
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 27th April 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
Apr
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 27th April 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.

2
May
Afternoon Race Meeting
Thursday 2nd May 2019
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An afternoon of exhilarating flat racing by the coast.  Visit here for more information.

3
May
Afternoon Race Meeting
Friday 3rd May 2019
2:10pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Start you weekend early with an afternoon at the races!  Visit here for more information.

11-12
May
Seize the Day
Saturday 11th May-Sunday 12th May 2019
12:00pm-4:00pm
Dirleton Castle, Dirleton
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!  Cost included in normal admission price.
12
May
Wartime Experience
Sunday 12th May 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

See wartime stories brought to live with living history groups, re-enactments and vintage entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

25
May
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 25th May 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

25
May
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 25th May 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.

1
Jun
Stobo Castle Ladies DSay
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
Jun
Covenanters Besieged
Saturday 22nd 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.