On the surface Haddington is a pretty place but there are some horrible secrets lurking in the town’s past……
East Lothian Archives and illustrator Glen McBeth bring the town’s history to life in the pages Horrid Haddington.
East Lothian Archives and illustrator Glen McBeth bring the town’s history to life in the pages of this wee book. Let us take you back to a time when Haddington was smelly, dirty and wild animals roamed the streets! Read about the horrible hangman, the pesky plague and wicked witches. This fun look at the town’s past brings history to life in all its gory detail.
The launch event for this booklet is on Friday 2nd November at the John Gray Centre 2-4pm so come along and pick up your copy.
There’s kids crafts, how to draw workshops with Glen McBeth & Kingsmeadows P7s will be performing their Haddington 700 songs. We also have storytelling & stocks for those selfie opportunities.
The workshops with Glen are bookable via [email protected] but the rest of the day is drop in.
Pick up your copy of Horrid Haddington. Thanks to funding from the Haddington & Lammermuir Area Partnership, a copy of the booklet will be going to every primary school child in the area.
Final running order
It’s Big Day Eve!
Here is the final running order for events across the town for the whole day. Please have a look to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Also take a minute to have a look at the information we’ve previously provided so you know where everything is and any restrictions in place.
If you have any photos you’d like to share we’re on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram #haddington700 and we’d love to see them.
We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow & really hope you have a good time.
Two sleeps to go!
We’re almost there and looks like the weather is set fair – phew!
Please take a look at our FAQs about the day and in particular the main event at The East Haugh. Also due to the nature of the event there are some things we are asking you not to do on the day so please be aware of these. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the latest news.
The parade will assemble at Lodge Street from 1:30pm and we will set off at 2pm led by Haddington Pipe Band. Please come and join us if you can. Costume would be great but not essential
Some more Big Day information
We’re busy beavering away pulling the final details together for the Big Day but at least Haddington Bear is organised with his costume!
Some more details about the day here which includes the fabulous Play the Medieval Way, supported by the Haddington & Lammermuir Area Partnership. A FREE event with virtual reality, a treasure hunt, mural making, loose parts play and more. Sounds fantastic!
We have a location plan which gives details of other events across the town and you can check out the site plan for the main event at the East Haugh. Fairground rides, food and drink, kids activities, storytelling, face painting, inflatable jousting and brilliant music including a FREE concert from the Red Hot Chili Pipers – what more could you want?
It’s going to be a brilliant day in Haddington. Now all we need is the sunshine
Not long now!
Not long now until the Medieval Big Day! Hope you can make it along on August 25th.
Lots and lots going on for everyone. We have the medieval play event in the morning which will have loose parts play, Viarama transporting folks in to medieval times through virtual reality, street games with a medieval theme There is also an option to take part in creating a children’s mural and watch out for Robert the Bruce too. This will be at Neilson Park Road/Lodge Street.
Then come and take part in the parade. We will leave from Neilson Park Road at 1:30 and lead to the East Haugh (near the Poldrate) Here there will be food, drinks, fairground rides, displays, music and more. The day will be topped off with a performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers with a display of pyrotechnics.
We’ll be putting out more information about specific parts of the day over the next couple of weeks but if you have any questions please just ask away!. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at [email protected]
The Medieval Big Day
Get your medieval frocks and suits of armour looked out – the Haddington 700 Big Medieval Day is on August 25th!
Sure to be a cracking event with a parade through the town, craft demonstrations, kids activities, fairground rides and food and drink stalls.
Spread the word about what is sure to be a great day. We’ve even got a FREE concert from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
The Slosh – World Record Attempt
Haddington’s world record attempt at ‘The Slosh’ will be taking place on June 16th as part of Haddstock. We’re looking for as many people as possible to take part – 700 would be a nice fitting number!
Robin from Feel the Buzz fitness will be there along with Buddy Bear and Robert the Bruce. All ages and abilities are welcome to take part.
It will be taking place in the council car park. Enter via Brewery Park and turn right. Gates open at 2, warm up at 2:30 and record attempt at 3.
In case you need a refresher of the steps pop over to our Facebook page to watch the fab video from Robin & friends
Programme for July to December
Thanks for all your events for the second H700 programme – it’s looking brilliant! Here’s a wee sneak peek at the cover with our very own John Knox in full flow!
This is in the final stages of design and will be officially launched at The Slosh event on June.
Look out for your copy to discover what fabulous events are taking place in the town over the next six months.
Introducing Haddington 700 Bear, isn’t he irresistible? If you’re looking to give him a home he’s on sale now for £10, all proceeds to Haddington 700. Available from The John Gray Centre, The Malt Kiln, Erica’s, Gibson’s, The Deli Box, Joe Forte, Leisure Time and Graham The Jeweller.
Haddington 700 advent
Fancy a sneak peek at some of the events coming up next year? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as we reveal just some of the exciting events and projects you can look forward to in 2018. The Slosh seems to be particularly popular!!
All the fun of the (medieval) fair!
Thanks to Haddington Common Good fund, we have secured funding for a Medieval Fair for next year. This FREE event will take place at various sites across the town 25th & 26th August 2018.
There will be a pageant through the town, markets, demonstrations of traditional crafts, reenactors, a kiddies kingdom and traditional food and drink – hopefully plenty to attract locals and visitors alike.
Get practicing those tunes on your lutes and dust of your best medieval frocks! Watch this space for more details or find us on Facebook
We are currently looking for community groups and businesses to get involved by putting on events. We’re really looking to make Haddington ‘buzz’!
It might be an event already happening in the town or something brand new. These events do not need to be history related as we are looking to celebrate everything Haddington has to offer.
Perhaps it could be an open air concert, a new town walking trail, art workshops, yarn bombing. Maybe commemorative food or drink? Its up to you!
If your group or business are interested in getting involved please email us at [email protected] with a rough outline by 29th September.
We’re looking to create and publish a programme advertising all that is happening in the town for next year. It promises to be a great year for the town but will be made even better by community involvement.
Fancy playing your part in history? Why not come and join our committee and contribute your skills and knowledge to making 2018 a year to remember?
We are currently looking for the following posts on the Haddington 700 committee
Social media coordinator
Publicity and Marketing
We also looking for willing volunteers to give what time and experience they can.
If you think you might be interested in helping please get in touch by 1st September at [email protected] We promise top notch biscuits at every meeting!