Summer of Events in East Lothian

June 10, 2024

East Lothian, known for its stunning coastline, historic sites, and charming towns and villages, transforms into a hub of activity every summer. With a calendar packed full of exciting events, there's something for everyone, from nature lovers to art enthusiasts and from sports fans to music aficionados. Read on to discover some unmissable festivals and events taking place over the coming months.

Medieval Weekend

15th & 16th June, Dirleton Castle

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Middle Ages at Dirleton Castle. Wander through the living history camp to experience what life was like in medieval times.

Haddington Show

29th June at East Fortune Race Circuit, North Berwick

Held annually, this show is one of the oldest in Scotland offering a glimpse into the region’s rural life. Featuring a variety of livestock competitions, equestrian events and displays of the latest agricultural machinery, it’s a fantastic day out. There are plenty of activities for children, including face painting and fancy dress as well as lots for adults to explore with a variety of stalls featuring local crafts, produce and handmade goods.

European Land Art Festival & Stone Stacking Championships

9th-14th July at The Eye Cave, Dunbar

See art and nature merge beautifully as you watch impressive stone stacking displays by the world’s best land artists and stone balancers, held in the birthplace of conservationist, John Muir. For the first time this year, the coastal town will host the World Rock Stacking Championships with experts travelling from around the world to participate in this global competition usually held in Texas. Participate in workshops and learn the art of creating beautiful sculptures from natural materials, as you enjoy a hands-on and educational day out.

Genesis Scottish Open

11th-14th July at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick

Watch the world’s top golfers tee-off on Scotland’s Golf Coast as this prestigious event returns to the Renaissance Club. Among the Major Champions, Rolex Series winners and World Number Ones battling it out for the trophy are defending champion, Rory McIllroy, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, rising star Tom Kim and home favourite Robert MacIntyre, who won his first PGA Tour title in the RBC Canadian Open alongside his dad as caddie.

Be entertained in the fan zone as our very own Fringe by the Sea showcases ‘Fringe by the Tee’ offering a fresh, family-friendly entertainment experience to complement the world-class golf. Radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman, former professional footballer turned DJ Pat Nevin and Fred MacAulay are just a few who are lined up to entertain the crowd.

Fringe by the Sea

2nd-11th August, North Berwick Lodge Gardens

Fringe by the Sea brings the spirit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the pretty seaside town of North Berwick. Featuring over 250 incredible shows, this eclectic event offers a diverse programme from music, comedy, theatre and dance to interactive sessions, award winning authors, foodie masterclasses and kids illustrators. The Street Food Village is a gastronomic haven with a mix of local food traders bringing flavours from around the world catering for all tastes and preferences.

Ladies Day

9th August at Musselburgh Racecourse

Experience style, elegance and glamour at Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious 5-star Ladies Day. Combining thrilling horse racing with high fashion, as attendees dress to impress in their finest outfits. With live entertainment, delicious food, and a fantastic party atmosphere, this is a memorable experience of style and sport. Everyone is welcome, it’s not just for the ladies!

360 Fest

31st August, National Museum of Flight

A brand new event for 2024! Be wowed with 360 stunts from cycle team, The Clan, plus circle displays and lots of have-a-go-activities. Join a hoolahoop workshop, try some plate spinning and learn about the science of spheres with STEM science activities. Full programme will be announced very soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

Lammermuir Festival

5th-16th September at various venues throughout the county

The Lammermuir Festival offers an unforgettable blend of music and scenery, perfect for those looking to indulge in culture and natural beauty. Experience finest classical music from internationally renowned artists and ensembles set in the beautiful surroundings of East Lothian’s historic buildings and picturesque landscapes.

With such a variety of events, East Lothian is the ideal summer destination for visitors of all interests. To find out more and to help you plan your visit to East Lothian go to


Jackie Gardiner
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