6 Things to Do in Musselburgh this Summer

May 30th, 2018

things to do in musselburgh this summer

Thanks to a spell of good weather (let’s just ignore the haar the other day…!), we are well and truly looking forward to summer now. Hopefully the sun will stick around so we can make the most of all the things to do in and around Musselburgh this summer. From a day at the beach to interesting theatre shows, here are a few things to look forward to this summer in Musselburgh.

Eat homemade ice cream

One of the best things about summer is being able to eat ice cream without needing an excuse! Musselburgh is home to the famous S. Luca’s ice cream parlour, which has been serving their signature homemade ice cream for over 100 years. There’s often a queue out the door on sunny days, but it’s worth waiting for. Sit in an enjoy a decadent ice cream sundae, or get a cone to take away.

Over on Bridge Street, you’ll find Di Rollo who make equally delicious ice cream. Their award-winning ice cream has been made in Musselburgh since 1899, and it comes in a wide variety of flavours including all the classics, as well as more unusual options like bubblegum, New York strawberry cheesecake, and prosecco sorbet.

Go to the beach

We’re lucky to have a beautiful beach here in Musselburgh, and it’s the perfect place to head on a sunny summer day. Whether you fancy going for a walk along the sand, or relaxing on your beach towel, you’re sure to have a good day out. If it’s warm enough, you can even go paddling!

Keep an eye out for the wildlife around the beach – there are always lots of seabirds to spot near the shore, and you might even get lucky and see a seal out in the water.

See a show at The Brunton

If it’s a less sunny day, book yourself some tickets to see a show at The Brunton. This local theatre always has an eclectic lineup of shows, with everything from musicals to plays, suitable for the whole family. Some shows to look out for this summer include a film screening of The Shape of Water, a performance from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and The Rocket Man: A Tribute to Sir Elton John.

Discover Newhailes House

On the edge of Musselburgh is Newhailes House, a stunning country house which stands in 80 acres of parkland. The house is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and is open to visitors for guided tours throughout the summer. Discover more about the history of the house and step back in time to the Scottish Enlightenment, or have fun wandering around the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Explore the Inveresk Lodge Garden

Another garden well worth visiting this summer is Inveresk Lodge Garden. It’s located in the village of Inveresk, just south of Musselburgh, and it’s also a National Trust for Scotland property. The gardens here are tranquil and beautiful, with a charming country feel. There are meadows and woodland to explore, as well as seasonal borders and even a lovely pond full of wildlife.

See a race at Musselburgh Racecourse

Visiting Musselburgh Racecourse can be a really fun day out, with races, entertainment, food & drink and more for all the family. There are several fixtures to look forward to this summer, including Stobo Ladies Day on 2nd June, the Scottish Sprint Cup on 9th June, Family Day on 24th July and lots more.