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Save the date for the Saltire Festival

Published: Thursday 17th August 2017

The Saltire Festival is back for 2017 – with exciting events marking St Andrew’s Day taking place across East Lothian from Thursday 30 November until Sunday 3 December.

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Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh – Sunday 2 July

Published: Wednesday 28th June 2017

Nearly 2,000 athletes will compete in this weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh. There will be a number of road closures in place to facilitate the event.

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The Robert Noble Centenary Exhibition

Published: Thursday 25th May 2017

Painting the Landscape of East Lothian is a major new exhibition now on show the John Gray Centre Museum, Haddington until 5 July 2017.

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Richness of East Lothian’s Heritage

Published: Friday 12th May 2017

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, East Lothian’s Museums Service celebrates the richness of East Lothian’s intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage.

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Escape to the Coast this Fringe!

Published: Thursday 9th June 2016

Enjoy the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at The Brunton, Musselburgh.

The Brunton What's On Guide April-July 2016

The Brunton – New season on sale now

Published: Friday 15th April 2016

The Brunton What's On Guide for April to July is now available for download.

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Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile

Published: Tuesday 16th February 2016

East Lothian to walk and run themselves proud for Sport Relief

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Great lineup of speakers for annual tourism conference

Published: Thursday 11th February 2016

Steve Tassell of Microsoft UK has been confirmed as a key speaker for East Lothian Council's 8th annual tourism conference, Connect4.

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Outdoor guide launched at Saltire Festival

Published: Wednesday 2nd December 2015

A guide to the great outdoors in East Lothian – detailing everything from walking to golf to surfing – was launched at the Saltire Festival this weekend.


Cinderella: The Brunton Pantomime

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015

Tue 24 November 2015 - Sat 2 January 2016

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Saltire Festival Returns for 2015

Published: Friday 9th October 2015

The programme for this year’s Saltire Festival has been launched – featuring events celebrating all things Scottish, from enjoying the outdoors to traditional music and food and drink.

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Family History Day

Published: Friday 7th August 2015

Who are we? And where did we come from? Join us at the John Gray Centre for Family History Day, 29th August, and maybe you’ll find some clues to help you find the answers to these eternal questions!

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015

Road closures and parking restrictions on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May 2015.

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East Lothian in the Spotlight

Published: Tuesday 19th May 2015

East Lothian will be in the spotlight at a number of major events over the coming months, including the Big Nature Festival and the Royal Highland Show.

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Get There Greener - Big Nature Festival

Published: Monday 18th May 2015

This weekend, 23 and 24 May, East Lothian will host the fourth annual Scotland’s Big Nature Festival at Levenhall Links, Musselburgh.


Fringe at the Brunton on sale now!

Published: Wednesday 13th May 2015

The Brunton’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe season is on sale now, so for the best in summer sounds and outdoor drama, browse www.thebrunton.co.uk to see what’s coming up and book today.

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Food for thought at 2015 Tourism Conference

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015

Another highly successful tourism conference took place at the Brunton, Musselburgh, this week and gave attendees food for thought in more ways than one.

Earth Hour 2015

Light's out for Earth Hour!

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015

East Lothian Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet.

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The Butterflies...

Published: Friday 20th March 2015

The mysterious Butterflies sculpture, made from books and anonymously found in cultural locations in Edinburgh in 2011, were given as gifts to the people in the city of Edinburgh.

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New Spring Programme at The Brunton

Published: Friday 20th March 2015

East Lothian’s main live events programmer is in full bloom with events running from April until July featuring the most entertaining productions by some of the best companies touring the UK today.

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Puppet Animation Festival returns to East Lothian

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015

The Puppet Animation Festival returns to venues across East Lothian this spring, as the region plays host to 8 puppet theatre companies and, for the first time, 2 puppet workshops.

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Be Online this Spring

Published: Tuesday 10th February 2015

Events to help you get online this Spring

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What's On this February at the John Gray Centre!

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015

February is going to be a very busy month at the John Gray Centre, with events for adults and children alike!

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Debi Gliori and Gavin Francis take a trip to Antarctica

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015

Join Debi Gliori and Gavin Francis for this unique family event at Haddington Library on 7th February for National Libraries Day.

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National Libraries Day 2015

Published: Monday 26th January 2015

National Libraries Day returns in 2015 on Saturday 7th February, with events taking place all week starting on 2nd February in libraries across East Lothian.

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Book your place at this year's tourism conference

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015

Featuring high profile speakers and with a focus on 2015’s Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, East Lothian Council’s 7th annual Tourism Conference looks set to be another big success.

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The results are in!

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014

Winners of the 2014 Saltire Festival competitions and races revealed.

Community Partner Award 2014 - Knox Academy Employability Skills Programme

Double winners for the Viridor-sponsored Community Partner Award

Published: Wednesday 10th December 2014

This year’s Star Award for Community Partner, sponsored by Viridor, was split into two: an individual and a team award.

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Planning for Musselburgh's future

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014

Musselburgh Main Issues Report consultation event.

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Fireworks display

Published: Thursday 30th October 2014

Annual fireworks display at Fisherrow Links, Musselburgh

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Brunton!

Jack and the Beanstalk comes to The Brunton

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014

Fee-fi-fo-fum! Jack and the Beanstalk is this year's pantomine at The Brunton theatre, running from Tuesday 25 November 2014 until Saturday 3 January 2015. Get your tickets now!

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Hogmanay in the 'Honest Toun' 2014!

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014

The Brunton is the place to be for Family Hogmanay.

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Doug Allan comes to The Brunton for Book Week

Published: Monday 20th October 2014

Legendary wildlife cameraman Doug Allan will be talking about his debut book, Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on the Ice, on 24th November at the Brunton Theatre.

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Turning the tide on litter

Published: Wednesday 17th September 2014

Join the Seabird Centre, North Berwick in Bloom and East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service and help turn the tide on litter with a community beach clean at North Berwick’s East Beach.

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Murder Mystery at East Lothian Libraries

Published: Tuesday 16th September 2014

Popular author Ann Cleeves has created a Shetland themed murder mystery as part of a celebration of libraries up and down the country.

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East Lothian celebrates Queen's Baton Relay

Published: Friday 20th June 2014

People welcomed the Queen's Baton Relay into East Lothian

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Pass It On!

Published: Friday 13th June 2014

Come and celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay Fun, food and festivities at Haddington Corn Exchange Tuesday 17th June, 3.30pm-7.00pm

Trad on the Tyne

Trad on the Tyne

Published: Tuesday 24th July 2012

Trad on the Tyne, the new music festival created and run by Haddington Pipe Band, has been shortlisted for the Best Small Festival award in this year’s Scottish Event Awards.

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Armed forces honoured

Published: Monday 25th June 2012

A short ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day flag raising was held in the Town House, Haddington, at which East Lothian Provost Ludovic Broun-Lindsay was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, Sir Garth Morrison, armed forces representatives, veterans, and community representatives.

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Saltire 2011

Published: Wednesday 16th November 2011

East Lothian is delighted to be staging The Saltire 2011, a festival of music, culture and heritage

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