Events and Activities

We have a variety of events and activities running throughout the year with activities for different ages, for groups and individuals. Here you can find details of our regular activity programme. Click here to go to the special and upcoming events page!

Children's University

We are delighted that all our museums are Learning Destinations for the Children's University. The Children's University is a fabulous charity that encourages children aged 5 to 14 to try new experiences and develop new skills and interests by participating in Learning Activities outside school. Remember to bring your Learning Passport with you when you visit! Interested in the scheme and want to know more - just click on the link above and you'll find all the information you need!

Passport to the Past

Come and be a museum detective or test your wits with our activity sheets, and pick up a free Passport to the Past at any of our museums. Collect stickers and stamps when you visit one of East Lothian Council’s museums to win our special Museum Challenger badge! Suitable for children up to approx age 14

Holiday and weekend activities

Are you looking for something to do with the kids? Pick up a copy of our leaflet, check this website or contact a musuem for information about our fun crafty drop-in activities and events at all our venues. There is always something fun for children to do at an East Lothian Council Museum! Suitable for children of all ages and their accompanying adults, suggested donation of £1 per child.  

Summer Holiday Workshops

Join us for our popular workshops over the summer holidays. Full details of workshops and how to book will be online from mid-May onwards. Please contact individual museums for details of availability. Workshops last 1.5 hours and are designed to be accessible to all.

Tiny Tuesdays

Join us at Prestongrange Museum for wee crafts, stories and dance to stimulate children’s creativity. Tiny Tuesdays are a great time for adults to meet, find support and bond with their babies and toddlers. Every Tuesday in April–September 10.30am-11.30am. Suitable for 0-3 year olds, £1 per craft.

Crafty Sundays 

Drop in to the John Gray Centre Museum every Sunday between October and December for themed crafts activities, scavenger hunts, storytelling and more, and let your wee ones explore their creative side! Activities are suitable for children of all ages and accompanying adults. 1.30–3.30pm, suggested donation £1 per child 

Museum Audio Guides

The main exhibition at the John Gray Centre Museum has been largely audio-described, with vivid descriptions of the objects on display and fascinating background information about them. It has been developed to bring the exhibition to life for visually impaired people, and includes optional navigational guidelines for getting around the exhibition. Suitable for all visitors, especially older children and adults. The audio guide is free although donations are welcome.

Treasure Tours

Bring your group to the John Gray Centre to discover the unique and wonderful collections in our Archive, Local History Centre and Museum. The tours are suitable for groups of all ages and are free, although there is a small charge if refreshments are required. Please get in touch to book as these tours must be arranged at least three weeks in advance.

Good Memories Cafe

Now a regular fixture on the calendar at the John Gray Centre the Good Memories Cafe is for anyone who has dementia and their carers. We would love to welcome you for an afternoon of relaxed chat, refreshments, storytelling/reminiscing, games, and if wanted, a tour of the museum. We have some lovely new handling objects that people can explore, and would be delighted to look out any photos from East Lothian’s past that would spark memories and conversations – let us know if there are any themes you think would be popular. Check the John Gray Centre website for the next cafe date!