Community facilities update

Our offices - John Muir House and Brunton Hall

Our office at John Muir House, Haddington, is currently open to the public from 9.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday. Our office at the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh, is open to the public from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Key points:

  • everyone will be asked health question checks in relation to COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the building
  • access is through the main door only
  • anyone coming into these buildings will be asked for their name and contact details under the Test and Protect system - and should wear a face covering

Most people will have a pre-booked appointment. If you don't have an appointment - and you need to speak to someone urgently - you will be seen but might have to wait. 

Community buildings

A number of community buildings, including halls and centres, remain mothballed. Read our update published on 4 September 2020.


Get information about  current opening hours and services from our East Lothian libraries directory - including which libraries are closed to the public.

Read the guidance for visiting our libraries.

Our Home Library Service is for anyone who is elderly or who needs to stay inside for health reasons.  If you are aware of anyone who has no-one to collect books for them through the click and collect system - we can have books delivered to them.  Email [email protected] identifying who the person is who needs assistance with contact details for them.”

Public toilets

View opening times for public toilets

Coastal and countryside car parks

All of East Lothian’s coastal and countryside car parks are now open with parking charges re-instated at all coastal car parks where they normally apply.


The following East Lothian Council Museums have re-opened:

Musselburgh Museum has also reopened.

Key information:

  • visits need to be pre-booked and details of how to do this are on each site's webpage
  • please maintain social distancing, follow directional signage, use the hand sanitiser or wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering (unless exempt)
  • do not visit if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of coronavirus
  • we have removed some of the activities and interactives from our museums to protect visitors and staff - and have an enhanced cleaning regime in place
  • we have sneeze screens at desks, hand sanitising stations and one way systems around the museums
  • we are not currently able to offer tours or a café and shop at Prestongrange
  • we are not currently able to offer a shop at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery
  • none of our regular events or activities will resume for the time being
  • payment by credit or debit card is preferred at the John Gray Centre Museum and John Muir’s Birthplace Museum

Sports facilities/ enjoyleisure

On 7 October the First Minister made a statement to Scottish Parliament outlining a series of temporary measures tightening restrictions in a number of health board areas, including in East Lothian. These measures are intended to stop the rise in coronavirus cases being seen across the country. 
The temporary measures will be in place from 6pm on Friday 9 October to Sunday 25 October inclusive and include:

  • Adult (18+) outdoor contact sport not allowed, with the exemption of ‘professional sport’. (Indoor adult contact sport already prohibited across the country.)
  • Adult (18+) indoor group exercise activities not allowed.
  • Outdoor adult non-contact group exercise and indoor adult individual exercise can continue. There is no change to sport and physical activity guidance for under 18s.

For full details of any activities or facilities restricted during this period, please contact the facility operator.  

Find out more from enjoyleisure.

Brunton Theatre

The Brunton teams are currently working with their promoters to reschedule many of their events and will provide an update in due course. The box office will be in touch to advise customers of new dates and if they are unable to attend, they will be offered a credit voucher to the value of the tickets subject to a stated time period. Refunds may also be offered.

For the latest updates please visit The Brunton’s twitter and Facebook pages.

Bistro at the Brunton on Facebook