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.

20-30
Jan-Jun
Haddington 700
Saturday 20th January-Saturday 30th June 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.

22
Jun
The Rocket Man
Friday 22nd June 2018
7:30pm-10:00pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Tribute to the piano rock of Sir Elton John.  Visit here for more information.

30
Jun
Haddington Show
Saturday 30th June 2018
9:00am-6:00pm
East Fortune

An action packed day featuring animals, food, shopping, learning and so much more.  Visit here for more information.

30
Jun
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 30th June 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.

30-8
Jun-Jul
3 Harbours Arts Festival
Saturday 30th June-Sunday 8th July 2018
9:00am-10:00pm

The 13th, 3 Harbours Arts Festival continues to be diverse with artists, music, events and workshops throughout the villages of Prestonpans, Port Seton & Cockenzie.  Visit here for more information.

30
Jun
Ironkids Scotland
Saturday 30th June 2018
11:00am-1:00pm
Preston Links, High Street, Prestonpans

A series of fun, family focused, mass participation running events, with age group races for young people aged between 3 & 14.  Visit here for more information.

30
Jun
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 30th June 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market bringing ten different Scottish traders to every session.  Live DJs provide a soulful soundtrack in the courtyard and there's an open air bar serving Archerfield's signature ales, brewed on site.  Visit here for more information.

3
Jul
Pottery at the Pans
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
9:31am
Prestongrange Mining Museum, Prestonpans

Pop along to Prestongrange to potter with pots.  Have fun learning to  make your very own coil clay pots.  Visit here for more information.

4
Jul
Afternoon Race Meeting
Wednesday 4th July 2018
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

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

7-8
Jul
Prepare to give fire!
Saturday 7th July-Sunday 8th July 2018
12:00pm-4:00pm
Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Be witness to the siege of 1650 as the invading English army attacks the castle.  Included in admission price.

10
Jul
Witch School
Tuesday 10th July 2018
9:06am
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar
Discover some of the stories of the witches kept in Dunbar Town House jail cells, make your own hat and concoct your very own potion!  Visit here for more information.
11-15
Jul
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 2018
Wednesday 11th July-Sunday 15th July 2018
8:00am-6:00pm
Gullane Golf Club

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 2018 returns to Gullane.  With music, entertainment, children's activities and food and drink outlets showcasing local produce, all complementing the world-class golfing action on Scotland's Golf Coast.  Visit here for more information.  

12
Jul
John Gray Centre, Lodge Street, Haddington
Thursday 12th July 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
Who Do You Think You Are?

Team up with our Local History Officer and discover how to research your family tree.  Visit here for more information.

17
Jul
John Muir's Animals
Tuesday 17th July 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

Join us for some of John's favourite animal stores and make your own animal masks to take home.  Visit here for more information.

19
Jul
Prestongrange Mining Museum, Prestonpans
Thursday 19th July 2018
2:00pm-3:30pm
Walk on the Wildside

Discover the natural beauty and heritage of Prestongrange on this nature ramble.  There will also be a craft activity making bird feeders for our gardens.  Visit here for more information.

20
Jul
Hurricane Pace Harness Racing
Friday 20th July 2018
5:30pm-8:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The historic Musselburgh harness racing fixture is one of the premier meetings in the country featuring top Harness racing trainers, horses and drivers.  Visit here for more information.

21
Jul
Famous Musselburgh Pace Harness Racing
Saturday 21st July 2018
1:30pm-6:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The historic Musselburgh harness racing fixture is one of the premier meetings in the country featuring top Harness racing, trainers, horses and drivers.  Visit here for more information.

24
Jul
Picturing Dunbar
Tuesday 24th July 2018
9:45am-11:15am
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

We will challenge you to take your own postcard picture of something you think represents Dunbar.  You will also have the opportunity to enter our Dunbar 2019 Calendar competition.  Visit here for more information.

24
Jul
Family Day
Tuesday 24th July 2018
2:15pm-5:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Enjoy some holiday family fun with seven exciting races and children's entertainment.  Visit here for more information.

26-29
Jul
Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open 2018
Thursday 26th July-Sunday 29th July 2018
8:00am-6:00pm
Gullane Golf Club

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open takes place at Gullane and is one of the premier events on the Ladies European Tour & LPGA Tour.  Visit here for more information

28
Jul
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 28th July 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.

28
Jul
Scotland's National Airshow
Saturday 28th July 2018
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

A thrilling day out for all the family!  Join us at Eat Fortune Airfield as aircraft old and new take to the skies for an afternoon of breathtaking aerial displays.  Visit here for more information.

28
Jul
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 28th July 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market bringing ten different Scottish traders to every session.  Live DJs provide a soulful soundtrack in the courtyard and there's an open air bar serving Archerfield's signature ales, brewed on site.  Visit here for more information.

29
Jul
David Walliams 'The Midnight Gang' - Outdoor Theatre
Sunday 29th July 2018
6:30pm-10:55am
Newhailes House & Garden, Musselburgh

Heartbreak invite you to join us for a grand opening of The Lord Furt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child.  Tom and his friends will be there too but you might know them as the Midnight Gang.  Visit here for more information.

31
Jul
Minibeast Mayhem
Tuesday 31st July 2018
10:30am-12:00pm
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

Come along and find out exactly how much trouble our planet would be in without these marvellous creatures!  Visit here for more information.

3-12
Aug
Fringe by the Sea
Friday 3rd August-Sunday 12th August 2018
9:00am-11:00am
North Berwick Harbour

Now extended to a 10 day festival, showcasing some of the most exciting names in music, alongside, well known, comics, entertainers and world-renowned authors.  Visit here for more information.

3
Aug
Friday Night at the Races
Friday 3rd August 2018
5:40pm-8:50pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

An evening at the races, packed full of thrilling flat racing and entertainment to suit everyone.  Visit here for more information.

10
Aug
The Archerfield Cup Raceday
Friday 10th August 2018
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The Archerfield Cup Raceday, an afternoon full of top quality racing for sport enthusiasts.  Visit here for more information.

11
Aug
Art of Minature
Saturday 11th August 2018
2:00pm-4:00pm
John Muir's Birthplace, High Street, Dunbar

Ray Bill will take you through the intricate art of painting minifigures.  Suitable for ages 8-16 years.  Visit here for more information.

19-25
Aug
Dunbar Street Art Trail
Sunday 19th August-Saturday 25th August 2018
9:00am-5:00pm
Dunbar

Enjoy local, national and international artist's exhibitions in High Street shop windows and daily workshops on photography, life drawing, stone balance, graffiti and painting.  Visit here for more information.

25
Aug
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 25th August 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.

25
Aug
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 25th August 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

A street food market bringing ten different Scottish traders to every session.  Live DJs provide a soulful soundtrack in the courtyard and there's an open air bar serving Archerfield's signature ales, brewed on site.  Visit here for more information.

29
Aug
Afternoon Race Meeting
Wednesday 29th August 2018
2:00pm-5:00pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Lavish in the final throes of summer for a mid week fixture.  Visit here for more information.

30
Aug
Afternoon Race Meeting
Thursday 30th August 2018
2:00pm-5:10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Lavish in the final throes of summer at a mid-week fixture.  Visit here for more information.

7
Sep
Twilight Flat Race Meeting
Friday 7th September 2018
4:30pm-7:35pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

Gather your work colleagues, family or friends and head down to the races to start your weekend the right way!. Visit here for more information.

14-23
Sep
The Lammermuir Festival
Friday 14th September-Sunday 23rd September 2018
throughout East Lothian

One of the UK's most atmospheric classical music festivals with superb musicians performing great music across the beautiful and historic county of East Lothian.  Visit here for more information.

14-16
Sep
Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open 2018
Friday 14th September-Sunday 16th September 2018
8:00am-6:00pm
Craigielaw Golf Club

The Staysure Tour Scottish Senior Open will return to the heartland of Scotland's Golf Coast for the 4th successive year.   Visit here for more information.

15-16
Sep
Battle of Prestonpans - Re-enactment Weekend
Saturday 15th September-Sunday 16th September 2018
1:03pm

The annual East Lothian Battle Weekend returns to Prestonpans with a wider programme than every before.  Visit here for more information.

15
Sep
The Caledonian Cup Raceday
Saturday 15th September 2018
2:55pm-6:15pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

You can expect a lot more than thrilling flat racing on our Caledonian Cup Raceday.  You'll be able to enjoy live music, sip on some delicious local Caledonian beers and indulge in an array of delicious fresh foods.  Visit here for more information.