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.

24
Nov
Santa at Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery
Sunday 24th November 2019
3:00pm-5:30pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, High Street, Dunbar

Dunbar Christmas Lights are bringing Santa to the spectacular Council Chamber at Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery as part of the High Street events leading up to the popular Christmas Light Switch On.  

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. 

28
Nov
Saltire Festival 2019: Prestonpans Battlefield by Night Tour
Thursday 28th November 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.

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.

6-8
Dec
The Santa Experience
Friday 6th December-Sunday 8th December 2019
10:00am-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Come and visit Santa's cosy Sorting Office before he arrives with his little helpers.  Santa will make his entrance and tell a short story before offering children the chance to meet him individually.  Every child will receive a gift.  Visit here for more information and to book tickets.

7-8
Dec
Christmas at East Links
Saturday 7th December-Sunday 8th December 2019
9:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Meet Santa as he arrives on his sleigh train direct from the North Pole then follow him to his grotto where you can meet him and receive a great gift and enjoy lots of great festive activities.  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.

8
Dec
Santa's Grotto
Sunday 8th December 2019
10:00am-7:00pm
Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

Visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a fun gift.  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.

13-15
Dec
The Santa Experience
Friday 13th December-Sunday 15th December 2019
10:00am-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Come and visit Santa's cosy Sorting Office before he arrives with his little helpers.  Santa will make his entrance and tell a short story before offering children the chance to meet him individually.  Each child will receive a gift.  Visit here for more information and to book tickets.

13
Dec
Family Festive Fun
Friday 13th December 2019
1:00pm-4:00pm
John Gray Centre, Haddington

Meet Santa Claus, Christmas Crafts, Christmas carols, live Christmas music, face painting and festive balloon modelling.

14-24
Dec
Christmas at East Links
Saturday 14th December-Tuesday 24th December 2019
9:00am-5:00pm
East Links Family Park, Dunbar

Meet Santa as he arrives on his sleigh train direct from the North Pole then follow him to his grotto where you can meet him and receive a great gift and enjoy lots of great festive activities.  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.

14
Dec
Santa's Grotto
Saturday 14th December 2019
10:51am
Carberry Tower, Musselburgh

Visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a free gift.  Visit here for more information.

18-23
Dec
The Santa Experience
Wednesday 18th December-Monday 23rd December 2019
10:00am-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Come and visit Santa's cosy Sorting Office before he arrives with his little helpers.  Santa will make his entrance and tell a short story before offering children the chance to meet him individually.  Every child will receive a gift.  Visit here for more information and to book tickets.

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.

21
Dec
Haddington Farmers' Market - Christmas Market
Saturday 21st December 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington
Come and enjoy the atmosphere of the market where producers provide a great range of local produce.
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 Ceilidh
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.

8-10
Feb
Reach for the Skies
Saturday 8th February-Monday 10th February 2020
12:00pm-6:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Discover what it's like to work in the sky in the February Half Term.  Visit here for more information.