From golf to music, and from art to comedy, there’s something for everyone in East Lothian this summer and autumn.

It’s truly a summer of golf this year as we’ve hosted the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open  and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open  at Gullane Golf Club.

From 14-16 September, the Staysure Tour, Scottish Senior Open  comes to Craigielaw for the first time, with a pro-am tournament taking place on Thursday 13 September.

From 3 – 12 August, it’s festival time focused on North Berwick for Fringe by the Sea. Newly extended to a 10 day extravaganza showcasing some of the most exciting names in music alongside well known comics, entertainers and world-renowned authors.

Running from 19-25 August, Dunbar is home to the Street Art Trial  featuring national and international artists’ exhibitions in High Street shop windows and daily workshops on photography, life drawing, stone balancing, graffiti and painting.

And it’s festival time again from 14-23 September when The Lammermuir Festival  brings ten days of beautiful music to beautiful places across East Lothian. This year is the 9th festival, and the most ambitious to date, with the programme including Scottish Opera for the first time. An exciting new community opera, has been specially written for the Lammermuir Festival. It involves over 150 local performers from the community of Dunbar and East Lothian, Dunbar Voices, Dunbar Music School, pupils from Dunbar Primary School, who all perform alongside professional singers and instrumentalists.

Other highlights include the clarinettist and composer, Mark Simpson; The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish String Quartet, renowned mezzo soprano Anna Stéphany, and the very fine vocal ensembles, Marian Consort and Stile Antico. The festival visits 14 venues, including three new ones for this year: the 16th century mansion Fountainhall, Loretto School’s Theatre and Pencaitland Parish Church.

Just edging into the start of winter, and just in time to brighten everyone’s mood is the Saltire Festival from November 26 to 1st December. The Saltire is an annual celebration of St. Andrew’s Day, bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag from food and drink to music and comedy. More details will be available at a later date.

There will be a chance to work off those extra summer holiday pounds from 3 November at the FoxTrail Winter Running Series – races spread over the winter months varying in distance from 5k right up to an Ultra Marathon – there’s something for everyone whether you’re a seasoned runner or a total novice.



Published: Friday, 20th July 2018