Paintbox Artist Bootcamp

Stuck in a rut in your creative practice?  Want to know how to promote your work, be social media savvy, write an Artist Statement and just generally “get yourself out there”?
Run by experienced Artist and Tutor, Jemma Derbyshire, this 2 Day seminar will arm you will all you need to get yourself up and running and get you out there on the Arts Scene!


The seminar will cover –

  • Artistic Identity
  • Writing an Artist Statement
  • Gathering a following
  • Navigating Social Media
  • Exhibiting, Residencies, forming Artistic Relationships



Our first Artist Bootcamp will take place on the 18th & 19th of November, 10 am – 4pm, in the Paintbox Studio at Cockenzie House & Gardens.
All you will need is a pen and paper, lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.- £200 (inc VAT)

 

The search for inspirational young foodies

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 ended on Sunday 17th September, having spent 16 days celebrating all those who grow, make, cook and sell Scottish produce and encouraging the great Scottish public to change one thing (#onethingfortnight) by choosing more Scottish food and drink.

Having reached around a million people throughout the Fortnight, the organisers have now turned their attention to 2018, which will see Scotland celebrate The Year of Young People.

The Year of Young People (#YOYP2018) 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. It’s all about inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions.

What better way to inspire a generation than through the love of great Scottish food and drink?

Scotland Food & Drink, the organisers behind Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, are looking for inspiring stories and inspirational young people who showcase just how accessible and exciting the food and drink industry is, whether it be in terms of offering rewarding careers or providing tasty and nutritional meals.

Do you know someone under the age of 26 who has been doing wonderful things within the Scottish food and drink industry? Perhaps they are a young farmer who has grown a business from nowhere, perhaps they work in your restaurant, school canteen or café, perhaps they volunteer at a charity soup kitchen or perhaps they share their culinary passion via a blog or on social media? We would love to hear their story.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“We are delighted to have celebrated a superb Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight this year and so many people have engaged with our #onethingfortnight challenge by changing just one thing about how much Scottish food and drink they eat.

“We now look ahead to The Year of Young People in 2018 and are seeking inspirational young people with great food or drink stories to help us better tell the world about Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight when it comes around again next year.

“Please let us know what you are up to, or what a young person you know is contributing to the Scottish food and drink industry. We would love to hear from you.”

Please get in touch on Twitter using this year’s hashtag #onethingfortnight or by emailing fortnight@foodanddrink.scot

PUBLIC URGED TO SUPPORT SCOTTISH FOOD AND DRINK FORTNIGHT NEXT MONTH

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. Once again, the Fortnight is encouraging the great Scottish public to take part by changing just one thing (#onethingfortnight) about how much Scottish food and drink they buy and eat.

This year’s celebration will take place between Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 17th September 2017 inclusive, and we would love everyone across Scotland, of all ages, to join in to champion Scotland’s delicious larder and change one thing (#onethingfortnight) for 2017.

Tying in with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is profiling the following daily food themes and asking everyone, to simply change one thing (#onethingfortnight):

Sat 2nd Sept Picnic Sun 10th Sept Weekend lunch
Sun 3rd Sept Afternoon tea Mon 11th Sept Coffee break
Mon 4th Sept Office meeting Tues 12th Sept Breakfast
Tues 5th Sept Packed lunch Wed 13th Sept Family meal
Wed 6th Sept TV dinner Thurs 14th Sept Street food
Thurs 7th Sept Sport snack Fri 15th Sept BBQ
Fri 8th Sept Children’s party Sat 16th Sept Fine dining
Sat 9th Sept Drinks party Sun 17th Sept Brunch

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, said:

“Using the daily themes as inspiration, we are searching the archives for historical recipes and asking chefs to provide us with recipes that offer their own modern take on a theme. We will be sharing these recipes, old and new, with the public, alongside other fascinating and delicious hints, tips and facts about Scottish food and drink.

“All the while, we’ll asking people to make use of these ideas to change ‘#onethingfortnight’ about the way in which they interact with Scottish produce. For example, an office worker may switch to Scotch Beef or Scottish Salmon in their daily sandwich; families may seek out Scottish labels on food and drink at the supermarket or visit their local butcher or baker – the possibilities are endless.

“Just one change can make a huge difference, so please do get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight. We’ll be offering a prize at the end of the Fortnight to the person we deem to have been the most dedicated supporter of the campaign on social media and who has best embraced the #onethingfortnight ethos. Journalists and bloggers will also be in the running for their own prize if they show their support!”

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 will be officially launched at the start of September at an event in Glasgow at which more detail will be unveiled.

LOCAL NURSERY MANAGER SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD

Local nursery manager, Vicky Richardson, who has worked at Fenton Barns Nursery near North Berwick for three years, has been selected as a finalist in the Nursery Manager category within the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017.

Vicky is Nursery Manager at Fenton Barns Nursery and was nominated by nursery owners Caroline Freeman and Nicola Simpson, following support and recommendations from parents, staff and children alike. Vicky has worked in childcare for 14 years, has completed a number of SVQ qualifications and is currently working towards a PDA Level 9 in Childhood Practice.

Fenton Barns Nursery provides a unique, high quality childcare facility in purpose-built premises within East Lothian, where the emphasis is firmly on the outdoors, healthy living and local food.

Vicky said:

“I was delighted, if a little humbled, to be nominated and shortlisted for this Award. I simply enjoy my job here at Fenton Barns Nursery and I am dedicated to supporting children to develop their skills and social understanding in Early Learning and Childcare.

“I am a very hands-on manager and am involved in all aspects of nursery practice. I am a great believer in the importance of children learning through play in an outdoor environment and love to watch the children thrive through their natural curiosity and confidence.”

Nicola Simpson, co-founder and owner of Fenton Barns Nursery, said:

“Vicky’s fellow staff and all our parents and children admire and respect her approach to nursery management and it was an obvious decision for us to nominate her for this Award. She cleverly combines hands-on interaction with the children with efficient and creative management of the nursery and is a true asset to the team.”

Winners of the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017 will be presented with their trophies by Cat Harvey at the high profile Gala Night held on Friday 1st September at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, attended by 400 guests.

PUBLIC URGED TO SUPPORT SCOTTISH FOOD AND DRINK FORTNIGHT NEXT MONTH

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. Once again, the Fortnight is encouraging the great Scottish public to take part by changing just one thing (#onethingfortnight) about how much Scottish food and drink they buy and eat.

This year’s celebration will take place between Saturday 2nd September to Sunday 17th September 2017 inclusive, and we would love everyone across Scotland, of all ages, to join in to champion Scotland’s delicious larder and change one thing (#onethingfortnight) for 2017.

Tying in with the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is profiling the following daily food themes and asking everyone, to simply change one thing (#onethingfortnight):

Sat 2nd Sept Picnic Sun 10th Sept Weekend lunch
Sun 3rd Sept Afternoon tea Mon 11th Sept Coffee break
Mon 4th Sept Office meeting Tues 12th Sept Breakfast
Tues 5th Sept Packed lunch Wed 13th Sept Family meal
Wed 6th Sept TV dinner Thurs 14th Sept Street food
Thurs 7th Sept Sport snack Fri 15th Sept BBQ
Fri 8th Sept Children’s party Sat 16th Sept Fine dining
Sat 9th Sept Drinks party Sun 17th Sept Brunch

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, said:

“Using the daily themes as inspiration, we are searching the archives for historical recipes and asking chefs to provide us with recipes that offer their own modern take on a theme. We will be sharing these recipes, old and new, with the public, alongside other fascinating and delicious hints, tips and facts about Scottish food and drink.

“All the while, we’ll asking people to make use of these ideas to change ‘#onethingfortnight’ about the way in which they interact with Scottish produce. For example, an office worker may switch to Scotch Beef or Scottish Salmon in their daily sandwich; families may seek out Scottish labels on food and drink at the supermarket or visit their local butcher or baker – the possibilities are endless.

“Just one change can make a huge difference, so please do get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight. We’ll be offering a prize at the end of the Fortnight to the person we deem to have been the most dedicated supporter of the campaign on social media and who has best embraced the #onethingfortnight ethos. Journalists and bloggers will also be in the running for their own prize if they show their support!”

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 will be officially launched at the start of September at an event in Glasgow at which more detail will be unveiled.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight highlights the abundance of quality food and drink available in Scotland, some of the best in the world, and encourages people to discover, appreciate and enjoy it.
There are many things you can do to help the campaign come to life. Here are some ideas:

  • Try a new Scottish product and share what you tried on social media using the hashtags #scotfoodfort and #onethingfortnight
  • Look to see if there’s just one thing you could change on your weekly shopping list that would benefit the Scottish food and drink industry at the same time and share with #onethingfortnight
  • Celebrate your local farmer or fishermen by visiting your local butcher or fishmonger
  • Attend one of the dozens of foodie events taking place throughout the country over coming weeks
  • Ask your local café or restaurant if they can use more Scottish produce on their menu

Remember, we are simply asking you to select just one thing (#onethingfortnight) that you can do this year which will make a positive contribution towards the Scottish food and drink industry.

Then simply share your #onethingfortnight experiences, activities and photos with us on social media, or via email, or with the media, so that we can all celebrate Scottish food and drink together. Email fortnight@foodanddrink.scot and join the conversation on Twitter using #scotfoodfort and #onethingfortnight.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 will be officially launched at the start of September at an event in Glasgow at which more detail about the themes will be unveiled. To receive updates, please email anna@sceneandherdpr.co.uk

Further information about the Fortnight can be obtained from www.foodddrinkfort.scot or by emailing fortnight@foodanddrink.scot

See the Scottish Senior Open for free this August

The Scottish Senior Open, one of the most enduring events on the European Senior Tour, celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer – and admission for spectators in 2017 will be free of charge.

 

Some of the leading names in European senior golf, including past Ryder Cup captains, are set to play at the spectacular Renaissance Club, situated between Gullane and North Berwick in the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast.

That impressive stretch of East Lothian golfing territory will be hosting the event for the third successive year, from August 4-6, with the first 36 holes contested over the popular Alliance Pro-Am format where amateur players are paired with a professional.

 

The final round on Sunday, August 6 will be for pros only, with the winner taking home a cheque for £37,500 from the prize fund of £250,000.

 

Entrance to the only European Tour event in the Lothians region in 2017 will be free to everyone, with a nominal charge being made for car parking, situated just a short walk from the first tee and 18th at the internationally-acclaimed Tom Doak-designed course.

 

Cars with solo occupancy will be charged £5 per day, while vehicles with one or more passenger will pay £10. All proceeds will be donated to the official event charity, which will be determined at a later date.

 

Sponsorship opportunities, including information on securing a place in the Alliance Pro-Am, are currently available for this year’s Scottish Senior Open. For all enquiries, email info.senior@europeantour.com

 

The impressive venue, situated between Gullane and North Berwick, is easily accessed by road and rail, with a regular train service between North Berwick and Edinburgh and bus stops outside the venue on the A198.

 

The Scottish Senior Open was first played at Royal Aberdeen in 1993 and has been contested every year subsequently. Tommy Horton, the inaugural winner, and Barry Lane in 2010 and 2011, are the only players to have won the title more than once. Europe’s winning Ryder Cup captain, Sam Torrance, will be attempting to add to his 2006 victory while England’s Paul Eales, who triumphed at close-by Archerfield Links in 2016, will defend his title.

 

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events with VisitScotland said: “Scotland is the Home of Golf with a proud history of hosting the game’s biggest tournaments and we are delighted to once again be supporting the Scottish Senior Open. The stunning East Lothian coastline will provide a fitting backdrop to the event and with free entry we hope that strong crowds will turn out to support some of the biggest names in senior golf on Scotland’s Golf Coast.”

John McMillan, East Lothian Council Provost and Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “To host the Scottish Senior Open on the occasion of its 25th anniversary is a real honour for East Lothian.

“The Renaissance Club is, of course, one of the newer jewels in the crown of Scotland’s Golf Coast and has further enhanced our global reputation for having a mix of beautiful and challenging courses.

“With spectator admission being free of charge we are hopeful that an even bigger crowd will be drawn to the event. And with so much else to see and do on the venue’s doorstep, visitors can be sure of a warm welcome while sampling the delights and hospitality of East Lothian.”

David MacLaren, Head of the European Senior Tour, said: “We are delighted to offer free admission to the Scottish golfing public this August. Renaissance Club is a wonderful venue and the event promises a great inside-the-ropes experience for the amateurs taking part, while the 25th anniversary edition of the Scottish Senior Open promises great action and excitement.”

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR GOLDEN TICKETS TO GARDENING SCOTLAND 2017

Gardening enthusiasts up and down the country are being urged to keep their eyes open for golden tickets to Gardening Scotland 2017.

The organisers of the national outdoor living event, which takes place from 2nd-4th June 2017 at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, will plant 25 golden tickets in a number of garden centres and plant nurseries which are exhibiting at this year’s show.  The golden envelopes contain fantastic prizes such as pairs of free tickets and packets of plant seeds.

Those keen to get their hands on the prizes are being urged to monitor Gardening Scotland’s twitter feed (@gardenscotland) for clues and tips on where to find them.  The envelopes will be planted from week commencing 22 May – two weeks before the start of the show – in nurseries from Renfrewshire to Fife, the Lothians and Dumfries & Galloway.

Jimmy Gilchrist, Gardening Scotland’s chairman said:

“Gardening Scotland is just like Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory for plant enthusiasts and nature lovers.  That’s what gave us the idea of planting golden tickets to the show.  We hope potential visitors enjoy hunting for the prizes – keep an eye on our twitter feed for more information coming soon!”

Now in its 18th year, Gardening Scotland is a celebration of all things related to the great outdoors. It is the biggest plant fair in Scotland and will take place from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th June 2017.

Promising to provide everything from an abundance of beautiful plants to tools, equipment, garden furniture and all the inspiration you could need to make your garden grow, Gardening Scotland is a great day out.

Seabird Centre teams up with East Lothian’s Lori’s Creations for Easter photoshoot

Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, teamed up with East Lothian business, Lori’s Creations, to create dolphin-tastic and crab-alicious looks for their Easter photoshoot.

Lori’s Creations is owned and run by Longniddry resident, Lorraine Walker. The Seabird Centre put out an appeal on social media to find a high-quality facepainter and Lori was recommended.

Lori said: “I was really excited to receive the brief from the Scottish Seabird Centre, to transform some young Seabird supporters into dolphins and crabs to promote their Easter activities. Following lots of research and practice at home, I devised my own designs and I’m really pleased with the results.”

Laura Adamson, Marketing Manager for the Scottish Seabird Centre, adds: “We had a vision of how we wanted the kids to look for the shoot and Lori nailed it. The kids all loved how they looked, which gave them even more confidence while getting their photos taken.

“So, a massive thank you to Lori and also the kids who took part: Lewis and Isobel Muckett from Tranent, Caleb Watson from Prestonpans and Anna Blair from North Berwick.”

The family-friendly events at the Seabird Centre this Easter include What’s for Snack?, an interactive puppet show with new Seabird team member Craig the Crab, ideal for age 2+, and Ocean-a-rific with Dr Dolph Lingerin-aboot, ideal for age 6+. There’s also Whale and Dolphin Weekend from 14 to 17 April, with extra marine fun.

 

Events every day from 1 to 17 April. All included with admission. Adult £8.95, child £4.95, family tickets £25. Please request tickets on arrival at the Centre.

New services and improved timetables coming to East Lothian

(with effect from Sunday 23rd April)

NEW Service X5 North Berwick – Edinburgh

East Coast Buses new express service running Mondays to Fridays between North Berwick and the West End (Semple Street), with 7 return journeys during the day.

NEW Service 106 Musselburgh – Haddington/Dunbar

A new service running between Musselburgh and Dunbar in the early morning and late evenings, with buses running between Musselburgh Tesco and Haddington up to every hour during the day Monday to Saturday. Service 106 is timed to connect with service 107 in Haddington, making travel between Musselburgh and Dunbar easy.

NEW Services 104 and 113

Lothian Country Buses services are joining EastCoastbuses with the transfer of services 104 and 113 to our fleet, with service 113 extended Monday to Saturday to West Granton. Lothian Country Buses Single Tickets, Day Tickets and Fares Zones will be replaced by East Coast Buses Tickets & Fares Zones with great value m-tickets, Single Tickets Day Tickets and Season Tickets available. Lothian Country Buses Ridacards for Zones C&D will continue to be valid for travel.

NightHawk now going to Edinburgh City Centre

When East Coast Buses introduced NightHawk in November, it only ran from Edinburgh to North Berwick or Dunbar. Now from April 23rd, both NightHawk N106 and N124 will include return journeys.

Service 107 route change

This service now includes additional peak-time journeys and is extended from Dunbar High Street to the ASDA superstore on Spott Road.

Other changes

There will be some minor changes to services 124/X24 and our school routes (125/126/127).

Full timetables and routes will be published in April on eastcoastbuses.co.uk

FOXLAKE OUTDOOR FESTIVAL RETURNS BIGGER & BETTER FOR 2017

After the huge success of last year’s event, the Foxlake Outdoor Festival returns bigger and better for 2017. Head along the East Lothian coast to the beautiful surroundings of Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, in May for an exhilarating weekend offering a world of adventures for all the family.

Following the massive success of this event in 2016, when the first ever Foxlake Outdoor Festival sold out weeks in advance, Foxlake Adventures in partnership with East Lothian Council, have decided to extend the festival to a full weekend across the 20 and 21 May 2017, offering families and individuals the opportunity to get outdoors and begin their own adventure in East Lothian. There will be tickets available for each day, weekend tickets and once again children’s tickets will be absolutely free. Tickets will start at £17 for an adult day entry and £30 for a weekend ticket, but if you purchase prior to the end of February, you will receive an early bird offer of £14 for an adult day entry and £25 for a weekend ticket. Again children’s tickets will all be free!

Many of the hugely popular elements of last year’s event will return in 2017, including the Industry Wake Parks who will once again run an Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour Event. Bringing some of the most talented wake boarders from around the world to compete, this is a further growth of Scotland’s biggest wakeboard event. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy and watch the thrills of professional wakeboarding.

Also returning is the Decades Music Stage, featuring everyone’s favourite tribute bands, celebrating the last 60 years of music, something for everyone. There will be a talented line-up of East Lothian’s finest local musicians, and joining them this year will be the Comedy Stage, with a selection of Britain’s finest comedians guaranteeing laughs throughout the weekend. To keep the children entertained we will be bringing back our popular Kids’ Zone with the inflatable village filled with every bouncy castle imaginable, they can also take on the challenge of the climbing wall and even get their faces painted.

The weekend is all about getting the family active outdoors, so you will have the chance to try out some of East Lothian’s outdoor adventures for yourself. Try out the Foxfall Course, the UK’s only rope course constructed over water, or get on your wet suit and give wakeboarding a try, or if you prefer to stay dry, hop on and master a segway!

The programme continues to expand and we will be adding activities throughout February to offer the most thrilling world of adventures at the Foxlake Outdoor Festival in May 2017.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism said: “Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Foxlake is located in the heart of East Lothian 25 miles east of Edinburgh, nestled in beautiful woodland on the edge of the John Muir Way. The festival is not only committed to enjoying and celebrating our fabulous landscape but we also want to protect it. So, there will be a shuttle bus service from Dunbar Train Station throughout the weekend, giving the opportunity for all of our visitors to use the excellent rail links from Edinburgh and the North of England and leave the car at home. We guarantee an exhilarating day for all the family – thrills for adults and children alike!”

About: Foxlake Adventures

Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water.

About: East Lothian Council

East Lothian’s Economic Development Strategy works with the local tourism industry to position the county as Scotland’s leading coastal, leisure and food & drink destination.

 

Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017

20 – 21 May 2017

www.foxlakefestival.co.uk

 

 

Location – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Dates – 20 – 21 May 2017

Times – 10.00 – 18.00

Further details and a list of all the events, ticket prices and booking details are available at www.foxlakefestival.co.uk