Events and Activities

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Tiny Tuesdays – Autumn Term

Prestongrange Museum I Every Tuesday 26 August to 30 September I 10–11am I £3.60 per child, includes refreshments

Tiny Tuesdays is our programme for under-5s and their families. Families can bring their baby or toddler along to find out more about Prestongrange by exploring through songs, stories, games and crafts. Refreshments are included and families are invited to stay on and enjoy the museum at their leisure. Book beforehand on 0131 653 2904 or email

Dates        Session Topic
26 Aug     Nature
2 Sep       Trains
9 Sep       Seashore
16 Sep     Scotland
23 Sep     Autumn
30 Sep     Pirates


Family History Day

John Gray Centre
Saturday, 30 August I 10.30am–4pm I Free event, donations welcome I Drop-in event, booking required for some activities

Launching Archaeology & Local History month, our theme this year is World War One and East Lothian’s military past. Join us for workshops on researching ancestors who were in the armed forces, related talks, behind the scenes tours and sessions on using our research resources, as well as children’s activities and storytelling and a Star Speaker in the Star Room. Workshop places are free but must be booked. Check the Archaeology & Local History Fortnight brochure and for details closer to the time.


John's Friday Friends

John Muir's Birthplace  I  2:30pm-4pm  I  £3.60 per child I  Book on 01368 865899 or email
5 September—Messy Nature Art. Make some beautiful pieces of art inspired by the natural world, and don’t worry about making a mess!

19 September – Plant Power Find out how to identify plants and try some scientific experiments!

3 October – Celebrate Autumn. Summer is truly over, but we celebrate to season of mists an...d mellow fruitfulness in all its glory. We love Autumn!

31 October – Scootchers and Witches. Come dressed up for Halloween and ready for a spooky time! Find out about John Muir’s Scootchers and hear stories of some of the witches locked up in Dunbar Town House. (please note this workshop will take place in Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery)


Swords and Shields at the ready!

Prestongrange Museum I Saturday, 13 September I 12.30–3.30pm I £5 per sword and shield set I Drop-in

It’s time to prepare for the Battle of Prestonpans! Using paintings, illustrations and the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry as inspiration, children will decorate their own Jacobite sword and shield. Take them to the Battle of Prestonpans Re-enactment event the following weekend in Prestonpans, and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s favoured shield will win a prize!

Battle of Prestonpans Talk

Prestongrange Museum I Sunday, 14 September I 2–3.30pm I £3.60 per person

Join Arran Johnston to discover more about the Battle of Prestonpans. Find out more about the battle from both the Jacobites’ and Red Coats’ perspective, see what the former did right and the latter got wrong during this historic battle. Tickets include a hot drink and a cake. As this event is expected to be busy, please book beforehand to guarantee a space. Book on 0131 653 2904 or email

Robot Weekend

John Gray Centre Museum I Friday 12th - Monday 15th Sep I £1 donation per activity I During normal opening hours

Throughout the weekend join us each day, in the museum, for different robot activities for the entire family to enjoy:


  • Robot scavenger hunt
  • Decorate a robot mask
  • Build your own robot
  • Robot Scratch Art


End of Season Pirate Party

Prestongrange Museum I Friday, 26 September I 1.30–3.30pm I Families with children aged 3 and above I £3.60 per child

Our party is perfect for little pirates and their adults to attend. We’ll have games, stories, arts and crafts for the whole family. There will also be an outdoor treasure hunt! Come dressed in your best pirate gear. Children under 3 are welcome to join their siblings at the event. Due to the popularity of this event, tickets must be booked and paid for beforehand. Contact Prestongrange Museum on 0131 653 2904 or email 19 Visit East Lothian Council’s Museums

Crafty Sundays

John Gray Centre I Every Sunday, October–March 2015 I 1.30–3.30pm I 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 suitable for children of all ages and accompanying adults. Find out the latest activity by visiting

Halloween Party

Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery I Friday, 31 October I 2.30–4pm I Primary school-aged children I £3.60 per child

Perfect for young children, this event includes games, dancing, Halloween crafts, dooking for apples and a spooky tour. Don’t forget the fancy dress competition! Due to the popularity of this event, tickets must be booked and paid for beforehand. Booking essential, contact John Muir’s Birthplace on 01368 865899 or email