Family Hogmanay at The Brunton

Hogmanay in the Honest Toun 2015

The Brunton is the place to be for Family Hogmanay

On Thursday 31 December The Brunton, Musselburgh hosts a day packed with fantastic activities for families, to celebrate Hogmanay. Ticketed activities and events run from 11am – 5pm, for all the family to enjoy, with an early evening FREE Lantern Parade and spectacular FREE Fireworks Display at Fisherrow Links.

Paid for ticketed activities include:

Family Ceilidh: Lively fun for all the family with pipers, ceilidh band and Scottish Country dancers.

Illuminated lantern making: To carry in the evening parade.

Edinburgh Samba School: Drumming workshops.

The Starlicht Runaway: Storytelling and song from Sonsie Music.

The Fisherman and the Seal: Puppetry, storytelling, music and movement from Yugen Puppet Theatre.

Cinderella: Traditional family pantomime.

Hogmania!: See in the New Year at this family ceilidh with live band, food, pipers and more. Presented by Musselburgh Riding of the Marches 2016 and The Brunton.

There will also be face painting and craft activities running all day, additional charges apply.

The FREE evening events start at 6.30pm as people gather at The Brunton for the Lantern Parade which sets off at 7pm led by the Edinburgh Samba Band, walk-about illuminated birds and Jacks of Frost. This leads to Fisherrow Links for a spectacular fireworks display from 7.30pm to 8pm.

Hogmanay Celebrations in the Honest Toun are delivered by East Lothian Council and The Brunton and are part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by VisitScotland.

Information and booking: / 0131 665 2240.


Lantern Making (45 mins)

11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm


Make your own illuminated lantern for the 7pm parade.

Completed lanterns will be kept at The Brunton to be collected from 6.30pm for the parade.

Edinburgh Samba School Drumming Workshop (45 mins)

11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm


Learn some new skills and have fun with our drumming workshops.

Sonsie Music: The Starlicht Runaway


£5 adult, £4 child, £1 baby under 12 months

Come flying through the sky on a magical musical starlicht journey of storytelling, twinkles and song for 3-6 year olds and their families. With live music and the chance to find your Dad’s lost keys! Written and performed by Joanna Nicholson. For ages 3-6.

Yugen Puppet Theatre: The Fisherman and the Seal

2pm & 4pm

£5 adult, £4 child, £1 baby under 12 months

Based on the myths and legends of the Scottish Selkie, a comic tale of a lonely fisherman, falling in love with a seal. In matters of love things don’t always go according to plan. For ages 4 plus.

The Brunton presents: Cinderella

1pm & 5pm

£17.50 (£14.50) £62 family of 4

A fun, traditional pantomime for all the family.

Family Ceilidh

3pm – 5pm

£7.50, £28 family of 4

Lively fun for all the family with pipers, a live ceilidh band and Scottish Country dancers. Watch the dance display then join in, a caller will keep you right. No dance experience required.

Free Early Evening Events

6.30pm – 8pm

Join us for the Lantern Parade led by Edinburgh Samba Band, illuminated walkabout birds and Jacks of Frost. Carry your lantern in the parade or just come along with your own lantern or torch and join in the fun. The parade ends at Fisherrow Links for a spectacular display of fireworks

6.30pm: If you made a lantern earlier, collect it from The Brunton.

7pm: Gather for the Lantern Parade outside The Brunton on Ladywell Way.

7.30pm: Enjoy the spectacular firework display at Fisherrow Links.


7.45pm – late

£20 adult, £5 child 5 – 16, under 5s free.

Bring the entire family and celebrate the arrival of the New Year, with live band, food, pipers and more!

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