Out and About with Lynn

Now that we’ve emerged from the festive fog, and the hangover of January, there’s plenty going on in East Lothian to keep you entertained. Our editor, Lynn, recommends her picks for local cultural happenings in February and March.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War is a true story following four miners from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew for a cause they were passionate about. Showing at Prestonpans Town Hall from 7-10 February, tickets cost £8.25-£11.

One of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s best-loved musicals, Evita follows the life of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Peron. The story charts her early life, her rise to power, charity work, and death. It will be showing in the intimate setting of The Strawberry Barn at Belhaven Fruit Farm from 14-17 March, with tickets costing £8-£12.
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One of Scotland’s oldest surviving strongholds, Dirleton Castle is a 13th-century fortress which was, for 400 years, a magnificent fortified residence to three successive noble families. On 31 March they will be hosting a Man at Arms Weapons Talk, with bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life. Visitors can even see a selection of medieval weapons. The talk is included in admission to the castle.

Shepherd House sits in the middle of Inveresk. It has a growing collection of specialist snowdrops, some of which will be on display in their ‘snowdrop theatre’ as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, with entry free for children and £5 for adults.

Following a hugely successful opening season, Rogue Village’s Canteen Street Food Festival returns to Archerfield Walled Garden for 2018. Canteen has quickly established itself as a firm favourite on the food market calendar with foodies and families alike. Positioning street food in a rural environment makes this a truly unique experience – juxtaposing trailers, firepits, DJs, mixologists and kids’ activities with the 18th century walled garden.
Published: January 2018