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.

13-22
Sep
The Lammermuir Festival
Friday 13th September-Sunday 22nd September 2019
Various venues throughout East Lothian

A festival of beautiful music played by internationally-renowned artists in celebrated venues throughout the historic county.  Visit here for more information.

21
Sep
The Wheels & Wings Show
Saturday 21st September 2019
10:00am-5:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

See amazing bike stunts & enjoy majestic bird of prey displays, then zoom into our interactive zone and have a go on bikes, segways & more.  Visit here for more information.

21
Sep
Belhaven 300th Birthday Bash
Saturday 21st September 2019
11:00am-9:00pm
Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar

A family weekend festival celebrating the very best of Scottish music with local food, family fun and of course Belhaven Beer.  Visit here for more information.

22
Sep
Belhaven Brewery Open Day
Sunday 22nd September 2019
11:00am-4:00pm
Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar

Belhaven Brewery will be opening their doors from 11am with tours running throughout the day.  Visit here for more information.

27-29
Sep
Dunbar Traditional Music Festival
Friday 27th September-Sunday 29th September 2019
venues throughout Dunbar

Two days of traditional music including Scottish, Folk, Celtic, Blues, Pop & Rock will be performed at various venues throughout the beautiful coastal town of Dunbar.  Visit here to see the full lineup.

28-29
Sep
Doors Open Day 2019
Saturday 28th September-Sunday 29th September 2019
throughout East Lothian

Celebrating 30th years of Doors Open Days with an incredible programme of events.  Visit here for more information.

28
Sep
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 28th September 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

28
Sep
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 28th September 2019
12:00pm-6:00pm
Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

The last Canteen Street Food Festival of the year! Featuring a selection of UK's most acclaimed street food traders with a family-friendly carnival atmosphere.  Visit here for more information.

29
Sep
Honest Toun Family Race Day
Sunday 29th September 2019
2:10pm-5:25pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

In association with Musselburgh Festival, an afternoon of fun, including Massed Pipe bands, interactive displays from the Armed Forces, FREE children's rides, face painting and more much.  Visit here for more information.

5-6
Oct
Funbox: The Space Race
Saturday 5th October-Sunday 6th October 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6RU

Join Anya, Kevin, Gary & Bonzo as part of the crew of the Starship FUNBOX as they take a space odyssey across the universe to explore strange new worlds and dimensions on their galaxy hopping quest to find their keys.  Visit here for more information.

14-18
Oct
Reach for the Skies
Monday 14th October-Friday 18th October 2019
12:00pm-4:00pm
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Explore the site and take part in a range of family activities during half term.  Visit here for more information.

14
Oct
Flat Season Finale Race Meeting
Monday 14th October 2019
2:20pm-5:25pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

A great afternoon of racing to round off the flat season!  Visit here for more information.

16
Oct
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Wednesday 16th October 2019
2:30pm-3:30pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh

Based on the classic nursery rhyme, this magical show is heart-warming family fun, written especially for grown ups to enjoy with children.  Visit here for more information.

20-24
Oct
World Hickory Open Festival 2019
Sunday 20th October-Thursday 24th October 2019
10:32am
Dunbar, Kilspindie, Gullane 2 & 3 Golf Clubs

The tournament returns to Scotland's Golf Coast and features all links courses guaranteed to test the skills of each and every golfer in the field.  Visit here for more information.

26
Oct
Haddington Farmers' Market
Saturday 26th October 2019
9:00am-1:00pm
Court Street, Haddington

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

6
Nov
Start of the Jumps Race Meeting
Wednesday 6th November 2019
12:45pm-3:30pm
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh

The first day of the 2019-20 jumps season!  Visit here for more information.

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. 

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.

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! 
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.

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.