Free Community Journalism Course

This practical course is designed to help people develop basic journalism skills -  whether that be through creating their own newsletters, websites or dealing with traditional media - and give community groups the ability to take a more proactive role in developing a  media presence and public profile.


The Community Journalism course is due to start next week and will run over 6 Tuesday nights between now and April at the Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington Rd Musselburgh.


Places on the course can be booked at  and more information is available from George Paterson, East Lothian Community Care Forum, 01620 822 212 or


This course is free for participants and is being delivered as part of the East Lothian Learning Partnership's Community Capacity Building Training Calendar


Christmas Shopping Event & Craft Fair

Christmas Shopping Event & Craft Fair, Sat 14th December 12 - 4pm in Hope Church, 49 Bridge Street, Musselburgh.

Handmade Jewellery – Confectionery – Handknitted Items – Bakery - Christmas Decorations – Make Up – Stocking Fillers – Retro Gifts – Face Painting & much more

 Free entry to fair, there will be raffle, refreshments on sale.


* there are still a few stall available if anyone would like to book one, £20 for a stall, plus donation for raffle from table - please contact Gaileen Mackinnon

The British Museum of Travelling Inventions comes to Musselburgh!

Visit this travelling museum on a bus, packed with 100 inventions! From the jet engine to the NHS, gravity to radar, the museum features a roll call of British achievement. Admission is free and the bus is designed for people of all ages. No need to book, just turn up and step on board! Please see for more information.

Saturday 30 November - 2pm-4pm – Tesco Musselburgh

Other dates in East Lothian:

Friday 29 November - 2pm-3.30pm, North Berwick Harbour (behind the Seabird Centre)

Saturday 30 November - 9am-12 noon, Haddington High Street, outside the John Gray Centre.



Book Week in Musselburgh

Book Week Scotland is about celebrating books and reading in every part of life in Scotland. Between 25 November and 1 December 2013, people of all ages and of all walks of life will be able to come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.

They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of free projects and events to life.

Book Week events in Musselburgh Library

CHILDRENS AUTHOR Lari Don  - Monday 25th November 1.45pm (primary 3-4)

This fantastic children’s author will be visiting during Book Week Scotland. She’ll  be talking to invited primary school audiences, but each event is open to all. Feel free to join us.

 AN HONEST READ  - Wednesday 27th November 7pm

A panel of well known faces from Musselburgh will discuss three books that made an impact on their lives in some way. Questions and comments from the audience are very much encouraged. Light refreshments available. Copies of Treasures, the free book published by the Scottish Book Trust which contains stories or poems about treasured possessions, will be given out.

TEDDY BEAR SLEEP OVER – Thursday 28th November

Under 7s can register their teddy bears to take part in our sleepover from 11th November. All teddies taking part should be with the library for 3.30pm on Thursday 28th November. We’re fairly sure they’ll behave themselves, but who knows what they’ll get up to when we’ve gone home? Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out if they’re being good little bears...

 Click here for Book Week events in other libraries across East Lothian.


Christmas Fair - fundraising for the Sick Kids Hospital

Christmas Fair - Friday 15th November from 12.30-2.30 @ Our Lady of Loretto & St Michael's Church Hall, Newbigging.

Admission is £2.00 per adult (includes coffee and a slice of Cake) £1.00 per Child (includes a drink and a snack).

There will be Christmas Stalls, Face-painting and more.

All proceeds will be donated to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Christmas Craft Fair

The Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh. Saturday 16th November from 10am - 2pm.

Many craft items including jewellery, stained glass, knitwear and crochet, Fair Trade gifts, hand painted silk, cards, cushions and much more......  

  • Entry 50p (accompanied children free)
  • ample parking
  • tea / coffee and snacks.

To book a table, please contact Fisherrow Centre on 0131 665 7590.

Fireworks Display

Free Public Firework display Fisherrow Links, Musselburgh.

Tuesday 5 November. Fireworks start at 7pm.

Refreshments for sale

Please note public parking will be restricted during this event with a designated parking area for Blue Badge holders only in Mountjoy Terrace. Public are advised to walk or use public transport to the event.

Do not bring your own fireworks for use at this event and please do not bring dogs to this event.

The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh Exhibition

Until 30th November

It’s your last chance to see this unique exhibition about a fascinating local battle. The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, which took place in the open country between Inveresk and Wallyford, was the biggest and bloodiest battle ever fought in Scotland. This exhibition uses accounts and images made by eyewitnesses of the battle, combined with modern archaeological studies, to show that you can still read the story of the battle in the landscape today.

Musselburgh Museum
Free entry, donations welcome

Open Thursday-Saturday, 10.30am-4pm


Black History Month events at Brunton Hall

Black Awareness and Cultural Events (BAACE) proudly present its first Black History Month events!
BAACE brings a diverse set of people together to celebrate the contribution of Black people past and present. It provides a platform for promoting community cohesion through building trust and confidence among our diverse communities.

Saturday 12th October, from 12 noon at Brunton Hall Musselburgh

Afternoon entertainment: Drumming Workshops, Dancing Workshops, African Films/Movies, Story Telling Workshop, Face Painting, Musicians, Product Stalls, Raffle Prizes

Evening Entertainment: In House Bar, Drums with Bag Pipes, Comedy, Buffet, Musicians, Zulu Singers, Makossa Band, Raffle Prizes, Ghanama Trio - Sam A, Peter & Benny. Including live music from: DJ Yaw - Groove City Radio, Makossa, Samba Sene, Benny Tetteh-Lartey, Sylvain Ayite Ayikutu, Helen of Troy, Fidelia Ijomah , Zawaldi Alba Choir

Tickets for workshops, films : £4 adults, £2 child* (All children attending workshops must have a parent/guardian present) - available to buy on the day
After Party: 7pm – 12 midnight Tickets for After Party: £5 adults, £3 ages 10 – 16, ages 6 – 10 £1.50, Under 6s Free!

** For more information or to book contact Brunton Theatre now on 0131 665 2240 **

'Forgotten Houses and Gardens of East Lothian'

A talk and presentation by Ailsa Fortune for the Musselburgh Horticultural Society - everyone welcome and entry is free.

It will be held on Monday 7th October at 7.30pm in The Hollies Day Centre, High Street, Musselburgh.


MECA youth clubs start back after the school October holidays 2013.

Tuesday Youth Club P7 – S2 starts on Tuesday 22 October 2013    7.00 – 9.00pm cost £1 per week.


Friday Youth Club P4 – P7 starts 25 October 2013    6.45 – 8.15pm cost £1 per week per child.



Just turn up on the first evening  to Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington Road, Musselburgh

or contact Caroline Davis 0131 653 4071 or email for more information.


FAMILY FUNDAY - @ Musselburgh Rugby Club

Saturday 14th Sept. from 1pm @ Musselburgh Rugby Club 

The funday is part of our celebrations for Musselburgh Mini Section being 40 years old this season 

The Mini & Midi sections are getting together to organise a Family Funday in support of the First XV fixture against Livingston. We want to encourage the families of our starts of the future to come and get in to the habit of supporting the senior sides.

Bring friends and family with kids along to enjoy the great atmosphere at Stoneyhill. 

The Mini and Midi sections will be selecting an age group to play against their counterpart from Livingston. The aim is for a S1 side to play for around 20' just after 13:00 before the seniors use the pitch for warm up and preparation. There will then be a P6/7 game for 10 - 15' immediately before the first XV kick off at 15:00.

There will be a BBQ , Bouncy Castle , Face Painting and other activities on offer to the kids on the day . 

So please come along with the family and support your club and have a great day watching rugby.

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh: exhibition and commemoration

Archaeology & Local History Fortnight has events on all over the region, and this exhibition is one of the many associated activities.

From 29 August, the exhibition will be open in Musselburgh Museum – in Musselburgh High Street, near the Tolbooth – on Thursdays to Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.

The annual commemoration of the battle by the Old Musselburgh Club will be held on 10 September at 1pm at the Memorial Stone site off Salter’s Road at the A1 junction.

Fisherrow Centre - Open day / car boot sale.

Open day / car boot sale. Saturday 7th September,10am – 2pm.

  • Art / craft displays, demonstrations and sale
  • stained glass, woodwork, silk painting
  • musical performance
  • children's stories, songs and arts/crafts
  • borders scrap store
  • photography exhibition
  • teas, coffees and snacks 

For Information contact The Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh on 0131 665 7590 .

Car boot £10 - bookable in advance  

Registered Charity No SC036128

** In addition to activities listed above there will also be information available about the range of courses available in the Musselburgh area to help residents to develop skills, learn something new or improve their job seeking skills. **  

Musselburgh and District Athletic Club - 'Come and Try'

Musselburgh and District Athletic Club has arranged a ‘Come and Try’ session for adults who want to take up running, get back into running, get quicker, or run further.


The session will take place on Wednesday 28August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, meeting at Pinkie Playing Fields, Musselburgh beside the running track.  There is no charge for the ‘Come and Try’.


The session is designed for people of all abilities, and we will make sure that you are running together with others with similar levels of fitness.  Each group will be led by experienced runners to help you "get on the right track"!  We know it can be easier to run in a group and we hope people will make new friends who they can continue to run with once the session is over.


The Architecture and History of Inveresk Village

Sunday Sept 1, 2-5pm

A guided tour of Inveresk Village by Stephen Edwards, Committee Member, Inveresk Village Society. A walk through the village, starting at St. Michael's Church, looking at key buildings and gardens, finishing at the National Trust for Scotland's Inveresk Lodge Garden. Reference will be made to architectural details and points of historic interest.

Cost: £4.

Booking required: telephone 01620 827 408 or email

Harbour Delight

Free Community Concert at Fisherrow Harbour, Sunday 18th August 2pm.

Presented by Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council as part of their Musselburgh on the Fringes programme.

Launch of 'Honesty' the coastal rowing skiff at Fisherrow

'Honesty' the new community skiff for Musselburgh will be named and launched at 1pm on Sunday 18th August at Fisherrow Promenade.

This traditional rowing boat has been built in under a year by local volunteers, using the St Ayles skiff design. 'Honesty' will join a thriving national community of coastal rowing boats, bringing together serious racers and fun-seekers alike - and will provide a great opportunity for Eskmuthe Rowing Club to link the community at Fisherrow with the other coastal communities across East Lothian.

Come join us for a chance to see the boat, find out more about how you can get involved, refreshments and home baking.

Find out more at