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 2018, to celebrate St. Andrews Day, bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag!

Visitors can discover all that Scotland has to offer; our beautiful outdoors and stunning coastal landscape; delicious food & drink, created with the finest local produce; a long history and fascinating heritage; and hugely entertaining music, arts and comedy.

With events to suit everyone, this is a St. Andrew's Day celebration for all the family.

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.

20-9
Jan-Dec
Haddington 700
Saturday 20th January-Sunday 9th December 2018
9:00am-10:00pm

A series of events to mark the anniversary of Robert the Bruce's 1318 Charter to the town.  Visit here for more information.

4-28
Oct
Quest for Oz
Thursday 4th October-Sunday 28th October 2018
The audience meets at Wallyford Park & Ride

Illuminated augmented reality adventure.  The Yellow Brick Road has been destroyed in a war between the Witches of the East & West.  Help the wizard rebuild the road and reunite the Land of Oz.  Visit here for more information.

13-22
Oct
Spooktacular Event
Saturday 13th October-Monday 22nd October 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar, EH42 1XF

Join East Links Family Park for their Spooktacular event featuring pumpkin festival, haunted house, boo corner, ghost train, fancy dress, face painting and lots more.  Visit here for more information.

15-21
Oct
Reach for the Skies
Monday 15th October-Sunday 21st October 2018
12:00pm-4:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Come and take part in our daily craft activities and science demonstrations about how birds fly, plus storytelling and bird of prey displays.  Visit here for more information.

15-19
Oct
World Hickory Open Championship
Monday 15th October-Friday 19th October 2018
1:16pm
Luffness Golf Club, Aberlady

Come and see golfers play the game using hickory clubs, similar to those used in the game over a century ago, wearing traditional clothing of the era.  Visit here for more information.

18
Oct
Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show
Thursday 18th October 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

See science like you've never seen before!  Explore the strange and magical properties of matter, with fireballs, fire tornadoes & explosive chemical reactions.  Visit here for more information.

18
Oct
Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life
Thursday 18th October 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan, for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family.  Visit here for more information.

23
Oct
The Cavern Beatles
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon.  Visit here for more information.

26
Oct
W-What About?
Friday 26th October 2018
2:30pm-4:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

A celebration of family and a touching tale of loss and love.  Visit here for more information.

27
Oct
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 27th October 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere where stallholders offer you a tempting selection of home produced specialities.  Visit here for more information.

27
Oct
Fairy Wand & Crown Making Workshop
Saturday 27th October 2018
9:16am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton, EH39 5HQ
Make a crown or wand to take home using natural materials and inspiration from the Walled Garden.  Visit here for more information.
27-28
Oct
Spooktacular Event
Saturday 27th October-Sunday 28th October 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar, EH42 1XF

Join East Links Family Park for their Spooktacular event featuring pumpkin festival, haunted house, boo corner, ghost train, fancy dress, face painting and lots more.  Visit here for more information.

27-28
Oct
The Stoats Creepy Crawl
Saturday 27th October-Sunday 28th October 2018
10:51am
Newhailes House & Gardens, Musselburgh, EH11 4DF

Put on your bravest face as you follow our spooky trails, solve the puzzles and try out our terrifying tasks including Apple Dooking, Grave Grabbing & the Enormous Neep Heap before you 'guise' to claim your prize.  Visit here for more information.

29-3
Oct-Nov
At Your Leisure
Monday 29th October-Saturday 3rd November 2018
Venues across East Lothian

Dance meets Judo, Table Tennis, Football, Climbing, Running & more At Your Leisure, a new festival of international performance workshops taking place across East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.

7
Nov
Start of the Jumps Season
Wednesday 7th November 2018
12:45pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

It's the first of the 2018-19 jumps season!  This is an exciting afternoon for real racing enthusiasts and a perfect event for corporate hospitality guests.  Visit here for more information.

9
Nov
The Rolling Stones Story
Friday 9th November 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

With all the classic hits, The Rolling Stones Story is a high energy concert celebrating the music of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band.  Visit here for more information.

15
Nov
Thank You For the Music
Thursday 15th November 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

This international smash hit tribute show brings all ABBA's number one hits to the stage in a production like no other.  Visit here for more information.

17
Nov
The Magic of Motown
Saturday 17th November 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town!  Visit here for more information.

21
Nov
Gordon Buchanan: Animal Families & Me
Wednesday 21st November 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Join Gordon Buchanan, the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter of the popular BBC Animal Family & Me series.  Visit here for more information.

24-6
Nov-Dec
The Saltire Festival
Saturday 24th November-Thursday 6th December 2018
throughout East Lothian

An annual celebration of St. Andrew's Day bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag.  Visit here for more information.

24
Nov
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 24th November 2018
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere where stallholders offer you a tempting selection of home produced specialities.  Visit here for more information.

24
Nov
Epicurean Encounter
Saturday 24th November 2018
5:00pm-10:00pm
Corn Exchange, Court Street, Haddington

A food & drink event organised by Haddington Wines Whiskies celebrating the best of East Lothian & Scotland.  Visit here for more information.

26
Nov
Saltire Raceday
Monday 26th November 2018
12:45pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Celebrate the run up to St. Andrew's Day with the excitement of jump racing.  Visit here for more information.

27-6
Nov-Jan
Jack & The Beanstalk
Tuesday 27th November-Sunday 6th January 2019
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Join us for a fun packed panto - an up to date twist on the well-known story.  Visit here for more information.

28
Nov
Prestonpans Battlefield by Night
Wednesday 28th November 2018
7:56am
meet at Meadowmill Car Park

Join battlefield historian, Arran Johnston, for an atmospheric exploration of Preestonpans Battlefield, uncovering the forgotten story of the battle.  Visit here for more information.

29
Nov
Heidi Talbot & John McCusker
Thursday 29th November 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Part of the Saltire Festival 2018 - Two of folk music's most highly regarded & celebrated musicians join forces for the first time as a duo.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
Foxtrail 10K Night Run
Friday 30th November 2018
7:30pm-8:19am
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

This race is something special, it's in the dark & Saltire themed with a party atmosphere during and after the race.  Visit here for more information.

30
Nov
Tide Lines with Support
Friday 30th November 2018
8:00pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Part of the Saltire Festival 2018 - Tide Lines are four young guys originally from the Highlands of Scotland.  Forged from the literature & music of the areas they grew up in Tide Lines meld romantic, rural life with a record collection of classic American songwriters.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
Foxtrail Nocturnal Ultra
Saturday 1st December 2018
4:00pm-10:00pm
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar

Participants will run a 5k loop competing to cover the most ground in 6 hours.  Furthest wins, all under darkness.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
Karen Matheson & Band
Saturday 1st December 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic super-group Capercaillie.  Visit here for more information.

1
Dec
Daniel Sloss
Saturday 1st December 2018
8:00pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Don't miss the stunning new show from Scotland's internationally acclaimed & award winning comedy star!  Visit here for more information.

3
Dec
Jumps Meeting
Monday 3rd December 2018
12:20pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Extend your passion for racing from on-screen to on course!.  Visit here for more information.

7-24
Dec
A Christmas Fairy Trail
Friday 7th December-Monday 24th December 2018
1:11pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

An immersive light show with a magical soundtrack, performers and lighting design.  Visit here for more information.

8
Dec
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers
Saturday 8th December 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Buddy Holly & the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine & mince pies!  Visit here for more information.

10
Dec
Christmas Jumps Meeting
Monday 10th December 2018
12:20pm-3:20pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

You'll love an afternoon of jumps action, an ideal opportunity for a festive celebration with your team.  Visit here for more information.

14
Dec
Christmas Country Cracker
Friday 14th December 2018
7:30pm-9:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Join four of Ireland's top country stars for a festive toe tapping cracker.  Visit here for more information.

21-24
Dec
Funbox: Once Upon A Christmas
Friday 21st December-Monday 24th December 2018
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Tis the season for some singalong silliness with Anya, Kevin, Gary & Bonzo the Dog.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay Ceilidh
Monday 31st December 2018
7:30pm-1:00am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

The Hogmanay Ceilidh is back!  Book early before tickets sell out!  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmanay Ceilidh
Monday 31st December 2018
7:30pm-1:00am
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Traditional Hogmanay ceilidh with the Smoking Barrel Ceilidh Band, four course meal and glass of fizz at the bells.  Visit here for more information.

31
Dec
Hogmania
Monday 31st December 2018
7:45pm-0:00am
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Musselburgh welcomes in 2018 with Hogmania!  A family friendly New Year's Party with live music, dancing, piper & traditional Hogmanay snacks.  Visit here for more information.