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

East Coast Buses Roadshow

Want to find out more about EastCoastbuses? The team is coming to several towns in East Lothian on Saturday 13th August to answer your questions. Why not come along and get the latest information on the new services to North Berwick and Dunbar?

They will be at the following locations:

Dunbar, High Street: 13th August between 9am and 11.30am

Haddington, outside Corn Exchange: 13th August between 12pm and 3pm 

North Berwick, Church Road: 13th August between 10am and 4pm

EAST COAST BUSES LAUNCHES TIMETABLES AND FARES

East Coast Buses has announced timetable and fare information as part of its package to rescue key services in East Lothian.

A wholly-owned subsidiary and part of the Lothian Buses family of companies, the operator is set to introduce new routes in addition to the continuation of existing commercial and school provisions.

The company will commence operations on Sunday 14 August with key routes connecting North Berwick with Musselburgh and Edinburgh, and Dunbar with Haddington and Edinburgh.

East Coast Buses’ fare structure will be based on a simple and customer-friendly zonal system. Along with single fares the company is offering three Dayticket options for passengers. The county Day Ticket provides passengers with unlimited travel across the network, excluding the city zone, for £5, while the countyPLUS Day Ticket will allow unlimited access across all East Coast Buses services in all zones for just £7.50.

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East Coast Buses is also introducing a Network Day Ticket, which will allow East Coast Buses passengers access to all Lothian Buses day services, Airlink and Edinburgh Tram services at just £9 for the day.

Operating from Musselburgh and North Berwick Depots, the fleet of 34 newly liveried and refurbished vehicles will provide a high quality, reliable and comfortable service for bus travellers within East Lothian and into Edinburgh.

The East Coast Buses team will be on hand at special events across the new network showcasing the new vehicles prior to commencing operational service. Events will take place on Saturday 6 August in Haddington and Dunbar and Saturday 13 August in North Berwick. Passengers will have the opportunity to find out more information about timetables and fares and to collect a free day ticket for use on the East Coast Buses routes.

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “These new routes will ensure that residents, workers and businesses across East Lothian will continue to enjoy reliable transport links that support their daily travel needs. We are looking forward to welcoming members of local communities aboard on the launch date and to becoming an important part of the local economy, as well as attracting new customers to the network of services that we will be providing across East Lothian and into Edinburgh.”

Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian said: “I am very pleased to welcome East Coast Buses’ new services to East Lothian.  Their initiative has secured bus services vital to many of our towns and villages, but also saved dozens of jobs and the depots in Musselburgh and North Berwick.  The last time Lothian Buses stepped in when another operator walked away from the County they introduced the 113 service which has just been voted best in Scotland, so I think my constituents have every reason to look forward to enjoying a reliable, responsive, high quality service from East Coast Buses.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said: “The forthcoming start of East Coast Buses operations is great for local communities in terms of securing employment prospects and the ongoing provision of vital bus services.  This is a good news story and I also welcome the announcement of the new timetable and the use of environmentally friendly buses.”

Councillor Michael Veitch, Transport spokesperson, East Lothian Council, said: I am delighted to welcome East Coast Buses to East Lothian. The imminent commencement of these new services represents a hugely significant boost to public transport in the county, and I’m sure that local bus users will be as excited as I am about it.”

Full timetable information will be available at: https://eastcoastbuses.co.uk/

East Coast Buses Ltd will introduce the following services from 14 August 2016:

  • 107 – New 60 minute timetable introduced on all days running (30 minute Mon-Fri peak). Buses run West End, Meadowbank, The Jewel, A1, Haddington and East Linton to Dunbar. This part-replaces First Service X6/106.
  • 124/X24 – New 30 minute timetable introduced Monday to Saturday and 60 minute on Sundays. Buses run Semple Street, Meadowbank, Portobello, Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Longniddry, Aberlady, Gullane and Dirleton to North Berwick. 3 x morning and afternoon buses run Limited Stop as X24. This part-replaces First Bus 124/X24.
  • The following commercial and school services will be continued:
    • 124 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Longniddry and Preston Lodge HS.
    • 125 – 2x morning and 2x afternoon journeys between Musselburgh and North Berwick HS.
    • 126 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Aberlady and North Berwick HS.
    • 127 – 1x morning and 1x afternoon journey between Longniddry and North Berwick HS.

 

Viridor plant to benefit from tech boost

Valmet has signed an agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S to supply automation technology for the new Dunbar energy recovery facility (EFR). Advanced automation solutions will make it possible to efficiently control the renewable energy recovery process and to manage plant operations.

Once in operation in late 2017, the Dunbar ERF will have a capacity to treat approximately 300,000 tons of waste per year. It will generate 30 megawatts (MW) of base-load renewable energy directly to the grid, enough to continuously power 39,000 homes. Additionally, the plant will offer up to 10 MW of heat for local use.

The plant investment is in line with the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver zero waste, encourage waste reduction, boost recycling and recover vital renewable energy.

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund provides the technology for the Dunbar EFR and is responsible for its engineering, procurement and construction. The plant will be operated and maintained by Viridor, one of Europe’s major waste management companies.