5 April – 21 April
John Muir’s Birthplace
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm
Drop in to John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar to design and make your own flag to celebrate the opening of the new John Muir Way. Everyone welcome, no booking required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. John Muir’s Birthplace is free to visit and is the Dunbar terminus of the new John Muir Way, officially being opened on 21 April. Come and learn more about the man who inspired the John Muir Way and the John Muir Festival. Find out more at John Muir's Birthplace.
5 April - 3 May
Dunbar Town House
In a Natural State
An exhibition at Dunbar Town House by the Scottish artist Emma Herman-Smith. The exhibition comprises selected sculptures and prints, which capture the dynamic actions of nature in the process of growth and decay. Presented by North Light Arts, the exhibition comprises selected sculptures and prints, which capture the dynamic actions of nature in the process of growth and decay. Presented by North Light Arts, an artist-led organisation delivering innovative public arts projects and educational initiatives in and around Dunbar. Free entry. Please visit North Light Arts website or Facebook page for more information.
10 - 22 April
Dunbar Garden Centre are running a 'John Muir themed Easter bunny hunt'!
It is FREE and open to children from all ages to enter. It will be starting on Thursday 10th April and closing on Tuesday 22nd April, the hunt will only take a few minutes to complete. All the entries will be put together and a winner chosen at random on the 22nd. The winner will then be notified that their prize is ready for collection.
Dunbar Film Society, West Barns Village Hall, 3.15pm
Werner Herzog / USA 2005 / 1h44m / 15
Filmmaker Werner Herzog, perennially fascinated by obsession, here takes on the strange case of Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers in Alaska living among grizzly gears and chronicling their lives on video. The animals he loved, however, were to be his downfall. Screening as part of Wild Places: John Muir Film Festival.
Through a programme of films, talks and Q&A events focusing on themes of landscape and wild open spaces, the John Muir Film Festival celebrates Muir’s legacy of engagement with the natural world, and the global influence of one of Scotland’s most famous sons, founder of the modern conservation movement. Tickets £4 (£10 family) pay on door only. Please see www.dunbarfilm.org.uk website for information on the screening. For more information on the film festival visit The Brunton, Facebook or Twitter
Lochend Woods, Dunbar. 10am - 6pm
Celebrating the Launch of John Muir Way
Your Woodland is embracing the spirit of Dunbar's most famous son on Sunday 20th April. We are gearing up for a day of JM fun in the woods!
10am - Bird identification walk - with David Bates, our convenor.
11am - Easter Egg Hunt for the wee ones - with DCWG
12 - 5pm - Log Drum workshop - with Andy Penicuik.
12.30 Food/lunch, setting fire in the clay oven and the camp-fire
2.30 - 'Mad about Muir' - a promenade play in the woods, by Quids In theatre.
3.30 - planting of a sequoia tree, and wild flower.
4.30 - Woodland Barbecue - pay as you eat: venison steaks, venison burgers, wild garlic and nettle soup, baked goodies from the clay oven.
5.30pm - story telling around the camp fire.
Most events will take place at the Gathering Space near the corner of Kellie/Middlemas Road. All Welcome. Please see Dunbar Community Woodland Group for more information.
12 April and 3 May Walk with Wendy Robertson Fyfe in the spirit of John Muir.
20 & 21 April
Lauderdale Park, 10am - 4pm
Wild About East Lothian
Visit this Countryside Ranger Service event and go Wild About East Lothian – through rockpooling, storytelling, bat hunts, micro world, art and many other free environmental activities and journeys for all the family.
We will be waiting to guide you on many different themed journeys around the local area to explore the various habitats and discover the wildlife there. Advanced booking is advisable with limited places available on the day. All events are free. Some of the events on offer include:
Rockpooling: Rocks are tough, but rockpool animals are tougher still! Come along to discover and record the fascinating marine life that frequent our rocky shores, and learn about the amazing ways they manage to survive and thrive. Wellies advisable.
Seabirds: The Firth of Forth is a summer home to over half a million seabirds. Join us as we head off in search of diving gannets, crying kittiwakes and maybe even pretty puffins on this leisurely 90-minute walk along the coast.
Tracks and trails:Join us on a quest to uncover which animal placed that print or plopped that poo. Learn about feather and fur identification and hone your skills as a nature detective!
There will also be ongoing drop-in environmental activities at the hub such as:
Drop in to find out how the mushroom got its spots, make some pictures with fungi paint and try a mushroom supermarket challenge.
Willow weaving workshop Discover the art of natural weaving – no experience necessary! Come and have a go at making a willow and rush fish to take home.
Click here for full programme details.
21 - 28 April
Emma Herman-Smith: Beach Hut Artist Residency
Emma Herman-Smith will take up a week long Beach Hut artist residency on Dunbar 's Victoria Harbour. Emma, originally from Helensburgh, will be continuing her research into the nature of the John Muir Way and discussing her plans for her walk across Scotland in 2014. Free. Presented by North Light Arts, an artist-led organisation delivering innovative public arts projects and educational initiatives in and around Dunbar. Please visit North Light Arts northlightarts.org,uk or the Facebook page for more information.
Sunday 20 April
Dunbar Community Woodland Group
Celebrating the Launch of the John Muir Way
10am till 6pm in Lochend Woods - The Gathering Area, (by the John Muir Stone, corner of Kellie and Middlemass Roads)
10am - Bird I.D. Walk - with David bates, DCWG convenor,
11am - Easter Egg Hunt - for the wee ones, with DCWG,
12 - 5pm - Log Drums - a workshop with Andy Penicuik
'Pay As U Eat' - from 12.30 - lunch buffet, from 4.30 Barbecue
2.30pm - 'Mad About Muir' - a promenade play in the woods, by Quids In Theatre
3.30pm - Sequoia planting - linking Dunbar's Wood with John Muir's California
4.30pm - Woodland Barbecue - Venison steaks and burgers, Wild garlic and nettle soup, goodies from the clay oven.
5.30pm - Stories around the camp fire.
John Muir Birthplace Trust & West Barnes Inn, Belhaven Bay
Dunbar Writers’ are preparing a dramatic presentation to celebrate John Muir as an ecologist and also an inspiring writer.Readings concerning John Muir, as he relates to Dunbar but also covering wider issues will be connected by a narrator. The first reading will take place at John Muir’s Birthplace, then open air readings and a reading at the West Barnes Inn at Belhaven Bay. Visit Dunbar Writers or Discover Dunbar for further information.
Dunbar Harbour, 2pm
Dragon Boat Ceremony
In recognition of the inspiration that comes from connecting to the environment, artist Emma Herman-Smith will bring the Port Edgar Dragons to Dunbar during the John Muir Festival meeting with the local skiff rowing teams. Free. Presented by North Light Arts, an artist-led organisation delivering innovative public arts projects and educational initiatives in and around Dunbar. Please visit North Light Arts website or Facebook page for more information.
John Muir Birthplace Trust
A soundscape project, by artist LesleyMay Miller and writer Elspeth Brown. Celebrating the ethos of John Muir, it explores the innovative fiction of John Muir conversing with two other great Scots, James Clerk Maxwell and Patrick Geddes. Starting point is the John Muir Birthplace Trust. Free, no booking necessary. All ages welcome. For further information please visit LesleyMay's website or [Elspeth Brown's website] (http://www.elspeth-brown.co.uk).
21 April - 26 April
Glebe Park, 12.30pm and Various Locations
Soulwind Songline is a community event running in parallel with the John Muir Festival. It will bring songs and communities together in song along The John Muir Way from coast to coast. The Songline is starting in the Glebe Park in
Dunbar at 12.30pm to send off the walkers, cyclists and runners.
Fashion School, Old Library, Belhaven Road 10am - 4pm
Reflections Of Nature
A wonderful collaboration of work by home-grown international fashion designer Jacqui Burke. Her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is inspired by Karele`s beautiful horses, East Lothian's rugged coastline, captured by professional local photographer Jon Savage. Please see the Fashion School for further information.
Dunbar to Helensburgh
Ramblers Scotland Relay
Ramblers Scotland groups will be staging a relay along the route. Starting in Dunbar on the 21 April, they'll be leading walks along a section of the trail each day until reaching Helensburgh on 26 April. Different groups will be leading each day, and it's a great opportunity to try out a Ramblers walk. To find out about the walks available please see the Ramblers website, Facebook page or Twitter.
All walks will be free and organised on a turn up and walk basis. Participants can be of any age, but if under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardians and capable of completing the walk distance in the time indicated.
Dunbar, Outside Leisure Pool. All day.
Cycling: The John Muir Way
In celebration of John Muir, Belhaven Bikes of Dunbar are offering free cycle hire to visitors attending the John Muir Festival Opening Ceremony, 21 April 2014. Free bike safety checks will be available too! Book your bike in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01368 860300 ; refundable deposits apply. See Belhaven Bikes for more information
Dunbar Opening Ceremony, 10.30 - 2.30pm
John Muir Trust
Join in with some fun, free missions – suitable for everyone who dares to explore the world with Muir’s spirit of adventure and curiosity. These activities will be taking place in Dunbar, North Berwick, Helensburgh and Balloch during the Festival. See website, Facebook or Twitter for more information.
Dunbar primary school children have been working on a tapestry for the opening of the John Muir Way and it will be on display on the day of the official opening of the new pathway.
Dunbar Primary school's John Muir tapestry
On display at Our Lady of the Waves Church Hall
10am - 3pm, 21 April. Admission free
Dunbar Golf Club, East Links, Dunbar EH42 1LL;
Homecoming Scotland 2014: John Muir Golf Challenge
Entries are encouraged from individual players as well as teams of 4 for this Texas Scramble. Individual entrants will be entered into teams. In addition to the links golf all players will receive a commemorative Glencairn whisky glass, tea / coffee and a hot roll before play. The cost is £35 per player. Clubs are available for hire. Prizes for top teams and individual holes.
Dunbar is the birthplace of John Muir (21st April 1838) widely recognised as the founder of America's National Parks, pioneer of conservation and founder of the Sierra Club.