Event Details

Victorian Miners' Gala Day
Saturday 14th May 2016This event has passed.

Join us this Festival of Museums weekend at Prestongrange Museum for a special Gala Day to mark the opening of the Museum’s Cornish Beam Pumping Engine. This Victorian marvel brought a golden age of better working conditions and higher productivity to Prestongrange.

Join the engineers for a well-earned rest and a chance to embrace the holiday atmosphere in this fun packed gala day including afternoon tea and fairground inspired treats.  Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band will play three half-hour concerts in front of the iconic pithead baths. Enjoy choral performances of Victorian and well known songs from local singers. Storytellers will create intrigue and will bring a cabinet of curiosities for the brave to peer into! There’ll be special tours of the beam engine and a puppeteer will deliver Punch and Judy Shows.

Suitable for all ages.

Show times

12pm - 4pm


For centuries Prestongrange was a place of intense industrial activity. A harbour, glass works, pottery, colliery and brickworks have all left their marks on the landscape. Cradled by woodland with views out over the Forth the site is now a haven for wildlife where you are free to roam and explore monumental relics of Scotland's industrial heritage.

Discover giant machines such as the pit head winding gear and a Cornish beam engine, fantastic structures like the powerhouse and a vast brick kiln as well as coal wagons, a steam crane and much more besides. The site is free to visit all year round but it comes alive between between April and September when the Visitor Centre, exhibitions, café and other buildings are open. Take a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable members of staff and discover the history of the site – a story of monks, mining and industrial might spanning over 800 years. We also run a programme of unique fun events for all ages.

There is lots for kids to do at Prestongrange with activity sheets, outdoor games and toys and an indoor play area for smaller children.

Prestongrange Museum
Morrison’s Haven Prestonpans EH32 9RX


0131 653 2904

Organised by East Lothian Council Museums

Entry prices

Free but with a £2 suggested donation per family

Prestongrange LGE


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