Events and Activities

We have a variety of events running throughout the year, some big and some small. Coming soon:


Saturday 5 September
Prestongrange Museum
11am to 4pm
£2 donation per family/group
Step into recreated military camps and try out hands-on activities for families. Meet Romans, Jacobites, a Queen and everyone in between on this time-travelling day of East Lothian’s living history. Archery Activity and Sword & Shield Craft Sessions will be an extra charge.


Pirate Party!
Friday 25 September
Prestongrange Museum
2pm to 4pm
£3.65 per child

Suitable for primary school age children
Gather young pirates for games, stories, crafts and an outdoor treasure hunt! Our party is perfect for children and their adults to attend. To avoid disappointment please book in advance by calling 0131 653 2904 or by emailing


Regular activities:

School Holiday Drop-in Activities

Dunbar Town House, John Muir’s Birthplace and John Gray Centre Museum 

14–22 February, 3–19 April, 4 July–16 August, 11–14 September and 9–19 October

£1 donation per child

Drop-in craft activities suitable for children of all ages, and accompanying adults. 


Passport to the Past and the Great Museum Challenge

During museum opening hours  

Under-14s | Any museum

Free, donations welcome

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


Crafty Sundays 

John Gray Centre

Every Sunday, October–December


Suggested donation £1 per child 

Drop in 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. 


Museum Audio Guides

John Gray Centre |Over-15s | Available daily during opening hours | Free, donations welcome 

The main exhibition 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.


Monthly talks at the John Gray Centre

Star Room

Last Tuesday of the month

7–8pm, suitable for adults

£5 (£3 conc) per person 

Alternating art and history, experts come and talk on different themes each month. Our first talk is ‘History on Your Doorstep’ with Ruth Boreham on 24 Mar. More information can be found on 


Prestongrange Museum Guided Tours

Available daily, May–September

Duration 1 hr, suitable for everyone

Join us to discover the history and stories of the site – monks, mining and industrial might that spans more than 800 years. To book a group tour, including refreshments packages, call 0131 653 2904 or go to