19 Events at Newhailes

  • Newhailes Nature Detectives club Lothian Ranger Events

    Newhailes Nature Detectives club

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 18 Jun - Sat 17 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Newhailes Nature Detectives Club is for children from 7 to 12 years old and runs on the 3rd Saturday of the Month

    Details

    If your child wants to learn about nature or loves the outdoors then this programme is for them.

    Programme for 2016

    16th January - Winter Wildlife Helpers

    20th February - Snowdrop Safari

    19th March - All you knead to Know

    16th April - Adventures in our Wonderland

    21st May - Shell-Tastic Walk

    18th June - Seabird Madness

    20th August - Pond dipping

    17th September- Were on Dusk Patrol

    15th October - Green Energy Walk

    19th November - Survival Skills

    17th December - Christmas Crafts

    Important information for parents/guardians.................

    The fee for the whole year, including 11 activities in £20 per child

    Meeting points:

    January, April, September and November :

    Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY

    February, August and December :

    Inveresk Lodge Garden, 24 Inveresk Village, Musselburgh, EH21 7TE

    March :

    Breadshare Community Bakery, 11-12 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh EH15 1EB

    May : Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh (note: pick up at Newhailes at 12:00)

    June : The Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, East Lothian

    EH39 4SS

    October: Winton House, Pencaitland, East Lothian, EH34 5AT

    (follow signs for the car park – we’ll meet at the Potting Shed)

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Jun 2016 - 18 June 2016 : 10:00 - 14:00
    • 20 Aug 2016 - 20 August 2016 : 10:00 - 11:30
    • 17 Sep 2016 - 17 September 2016 : 19:00 - 21:00
    • 15 Oct 2016 - 15 October 2016 : 10:00 - 11:30
    • 19 Nov 2016 - 19 November 2016 : 10:00 - 11:30
    • 17 Dec 2016 - 17 December 2016 : 10:00 - 11:30

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Pre booking is required
  • Nature Nippers

    Dates:Dates between : Thu 4 Aug - Thu 3 Nov Location:Newhailes

    Nature Nippers for Children from 0 to 5 to have fun and learn all about nature and outdoors.

    Details

    5th May – Charming the worms of Newhailes estate.

    Learn how to worm charm and find out how amazing worms are, be prepared to get a little muddy.

    4th Aug – Meadow safari

    Let’s have some fun on the grasslands of Newhailes. We will meet our skylark friends and find out what bugs and beasties are in the grass.

    1st Sept – Batty Bats

    Find out what bats we have at Newhailes estate and where they live. Enjoy some batty games and crafts to finish.

    3rd Nov – Leaves and Fruit

    What Natural art can we make out of leaves and fruit (Be prepared to get mucky).

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will be outside so warm, waterproof clothes are a must.

    Dates & Times:

    • 04 Aug 2016 : 10:00 - 11:00
    • 01 Sep 2016 : 10:00 - 11:00
    • 03 Nov 2016 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential
  • Historic Herbal Products Workshop

    Dates:Sun 29 May Location:Newhailes

    A half-day workshop taught by a professional herbalist! Learn how to make your own natural products...

    Details

    In the 18th century advances in foreign travel and exploration, along with innovations in manufacturing, brought major changes in domestic practices relating to health and beauty. Come and explore 18th century home pharmacy at Newhailes and learn to make some traditional remedies and body care products to take home.

    All products will be provided, including containers for taking your concoctions home with you!

    Tickets cost £45 per person and include light refreshments.

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 May 2016 : 11:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 45.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Wildflower Walk

    Dates:Sat 18 Jun Location:Newhailes

    Join the ranger to find out more about the wildflowers growing at Newhailes and learn about identifying them.

    Details

    Wear outdoor clothing. Suitable for children over 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Jun 2016 : 12:00 - 14:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00
    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Booking essential
  • Miss Christian cordially invites you to Newhailes ...

    Dates:Sat 18 Jun Location:Newhailes

    Join Miss Christian in the 1800s at her home Newhailes House, famous for its balls and soirees.

    Details

    You can have a nosy at Miss Christian's new house improvements, meet her illustrious guests and get advice from her on the essential etiquette techniques of the day. Ella, Miss Christian’s maid, will be working hard behind the scenes. Join her and take a peek below stairs to find out about servant life and learn the art of napkin folding. This is a hands-on activity based, costumed interpretation tour, 45min-1hr.

    Spend the day with us!

    At our Visitor Centre we will have further activities for the whole family included in the admission ticket. Try your hand at writing a letter using ink and quill, play traditional games, try on costumes and go out and explore the historical landscape of Newhailes with our family heritage trail.

    Price is included in the admission ticket. To avoid disappointment purchase your ticket in advance.

    This event is FREE to NTS members, please book in advance on 0131 65305599 or email Newhailes@nts.org.uk

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Jun 2016 : 11:00 - 17:00 (15 min intervals)

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 12.50
    • Child : £ 9.00
    • Family : £ 29.50
    • Concession : £ 9.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Heartbreak Productions' Ratburger

    Dates:Fri 24 Jun Location:Newhailes

    David Walliams' Ratburger performed outside on the front lawn of Newhailes by Heartbreak Productions.

    Details

    This is the story of a little girl called Zoe. Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by flobbing on her head. And now the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers is after her pet rat! And guess what he wants to do with it? The clue is in the title…

    Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision. Advanced booking advised.

    Dates & Times:

    • 24 Jun 2016 : 18:30 - 20:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 12.00
    • Child : £ 7.00
    • Family : £ 35.00
    • Concession : £ 10.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Art in the Park

    Dates:Dates between : Tue 5 Jul - Tue 12 Jul Location:Newhailes

    A natural creative session, set in the stunning grounds of Newhailes Estate

    Details

    Join the Community Outreach Ranger to create butterflies, birds and bees from natural materials.

    Wear clothes fit for an outdoor artist. Children must be accompanied by an adult- adults go free!

    Dates & Times:

    • 05 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30
    • 12 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 07860 925398 or email esanderson@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential
  • Cycling Safari

    Dates:Dates between : Wed 6 Jul - Wed 13 Jul Location:Newhailes

    A wildlife tour of Newhailes Estate by bike. Join the Community Outreach Ranger for a cycling experience like no other!

    Details

    We'll be spotting wildlife, learning about the Dalrymple family and stretching our legs around our beautiful landscape.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults go free! Participants must bring a working bicycle and helmet and be able to cycle for up to an hour and a half.

    Dates & Times:

    • 06 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30
    • 13 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 07860 925398 or email esanderson@nts.org.uk
  • Bug Bonanza

    Dates:Dates between : Thu 7 Jul - Thu 14 Jul Location:Newhailes

    Get to know Newhailes' friendliest bugs. Join the Community Outreach Ranger to meet the weird and wonderful bugs who live on our Estate.

    Details

    Get up close and learn about our smallest animal friends.

    Wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults go free!

    Dates & Times:

    • 07 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30
    • 14 Jul 2016 : 11:00 - 12:30

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 07860 925398 or email esanderson@nts.org.uk
  • A walk through time in benefit of Scotland's Gardens Yellow Book open Day Scotland\'s Gardens

    A walk through time in benefit of Scotland's Gardens Yellow Book open Day

    Dates:Fri 8 Jul Location:Newhailes

    We are undertaking an exciting conservation project to restore the Newhailes historic landscaped garden. Join us as we reveal the history and future of this beautiful garden.

    Details

    An 18th century designed landscape surrounds the main house and includes a raised walkway, the enchanting and mysterious shell grotto, tea house, a water garden and a number of different walks and paths. In 2015 the Trust embarked upon a major project to restore several areas of the landscape including the Flower Garden, Ha Ha and the Walled Kitchen Garden utilizing extensive archive research including the papers of Miss Christian Dalrymple and archaeological excavations.

    Guided talk £2.00, non-member parking £2.00. Normal admission applies if visiting the house.

    Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds.

    Dates & Times:

    • 08 Jul 2016 : 14:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 2.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Bat Walk

    Dates:Fri 29 Jul Location:Newhailes

    Join the NTS rangers as they take you on a bat walk at Newhailes.

    Details

    If you would like to know the difference between a common and soprano pipistrelle bat then this walk is for you.

    A Lothian ranger will do a brief talk on bats then we will be using bat detectors to find the bats' echolocation sounds.

    There will be a chance to see a bat box where bats have roosted and to ask the ranger lots of questions about bats.

    Outdoor shoes and warm clothing a must.

    It's advisable to bring a torch.

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Jul 2016 : 20:30 - 22:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00
    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Booking essential
  • Festival Players' Hamlet

    Dates:Sat 30 Jul Location:Newhailes

    Fast-paced 2-Hour production Hamlet performed in front of Newhailes house.

    Details

    In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, The Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet. Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-Hour production.

    Dress warmly and bring a picnic and rug or low seating. No wet weather provision. Advanced booking advised.

    Dates & Times:

    • 30 Jul 2016 : 19:00 - 21:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 12.50
    • Child : £ 7.00
    • Family : £ 36.00
    • Concession : £ 11.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Historic Herbal Products Workshop

    Dates:Sun 18 Sep Location:Newhailes

    A half-day workshop taught by a professional herbalist! Learn how to make your own natural products...

    Details

    In the 18th century advances in foreign travel and exploration, along with innovations in manufacturing, brought major changes in domestic practices relating to health and beauty. Come and explore 18th century home pharmacy at Newhailes and learn to make some traditional remedies and body care products to take home.

    All products will be provided, including containers for taking your concoctions home with you! Tickets cost £45 per person and include light refreshments.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Sep 2016 : 11:00 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 45.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Bat walk

    Dates:Fri 30 Sep Location:Newhailes

    Want to know the difference from a common and soprano pipistrelle bat then this walk is for you?

    Details

    Join a Lothian Ranger for a wee talk on bats then use a detector to find the bats using echolocation sounds. There will also be a chance to see where bats have roosted and to ask lots of questions.

    Dates & Times:

    • 30 Sep 2016 : 20:00 - 22:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00
    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Booking essential book online
  • Nature Activity Days Day 1

    Dates:Tue 18 Oct Location:Newhailes

    If your child likes anything to do with nature and being outdoors then this is the event for them.

    Details

    Day 1 will consist of

    Minibeast Hunt

    Natural Bird feeder making

    Natural art

    The activity days are very popular and online booking is required.

    Children will be dropped off and picked up at Newhailes Estate.

    Warm out clothing and outdoor shoes are a must

    Children must bring a packed lunch with them

    Children will receive a certificate for attending the day.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential for children from 6 upwards
  • Nature Activity Days, Day 2

    Dates:Wed 19 Oct Location:Newhailes

    If your child likes anything to do with nature and being outdoors then this is the event for them.

    Details

    Day 2 will consist of

    Den building

    Water filtration

    None traceable fire lighting

    The activity days are very popular and online booking is required.

    Children will be dropped of at Newhailes Estate

    Children must bring outdoor clothing and shoes

    Children must bring a packed lunch

    Certificate will be given to children for attending the day

    Dates & Times:

    • 19 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential for children from 6 upwards
  • Newhailes Hallowe'en with Mercat Tours

    Newhailes Hallowe'en with Mercat Tours

    Dates:Dates between : Fri 28 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Location:Newhailes

    See another side of this beautiful house as darkness falls and your guide chills you to the core with sinister tales of curses, witches and death...

    Details

    This event is very popular, so make sure to book your tickets early!

    Tours at 18.00, 19.45 & 21.30

    Booking is essential with Mercat Tours, please visit www.mercattours.com/online-booking.asp or call on 0131 225 5445

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30
    • 29 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30
    • 30 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 18.00
    • Child : £ 10.00
    • Family : £ 50.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Spooky Halloween Trail & Crafts

    Spooky Halloween Trail & Crafts

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 29 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Location:Newhailes

    Join us in the Stables Courtyard to start your spooky trail and afterwards join in on some crafty fun!

    Details

    A prize for all who return safely from the trail…

    Fancy dress with wellies and waterproofs encouraged.

    £5 for trail and arts & crafts if booked ahead, £6 at the door. Adults go free!

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Oct 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 30 Oct 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Santa's Grotto at Newhailes

    Santa's Grotto at Newhailes

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Come join us for festive treats in the Stables Visitor Centre! Santa will be in his grotto, the shop will be selling gift items, and the café will be serving Christmas goodies!

    Details

    £4 per child for Santa’s Grotto if booked in advance, £5 at the door. Adults go for free!

    FREE entry to Newhailes Visitor Centre

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 11 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 18 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 4.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa. Newhailes is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland.

There are sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to the exquisite Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces.

A major part of the house’s charm is its mellow feel. Newhailes has been allowed to grow old gracefully through a pioneering conservation policy which does ‘as much as is necessary, but as little as possible’ to keep the house in good order without disturbing its ‘untouched’ atmosphere.


Newhailes Guidebook

Newhailes Guidebook

With much of its original decorative scheme intact, you can enjoy the Chinese hand painted wallpaper, painted woodwork and furnishings of Newhailes as they have mellowed over time. The library of Sir David Dalrymple, one of Newhailes' most …

Newhailes Guidebook£5.95
 

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Opening times & Prices

24 May
  • House (Tours only): Closed
  • Visitor Centre: Closed
  • Shop: Closed
  • Stables Café: Closed
  • Estate: all year daily
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
House admission by guided tour only. Tours start at 12 noon, there is a family tour at 2pm and the last tour starts at 3.30pm. To book a tour or for more information please call 0131 6535599. We advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
Newhailes House, Visitor Centre and Car Park will be closed for a private event from 11am on Wednesday 1st June to 9pm on the Thursday 2nd June. The estate will be open during this time with limited access to direct paths around the house.
Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • House Tour
    Adult: £12.50
    Concession: £9.00
    Family: £29.50
    1 Parent Family:£23.00

    Family Tour
    Adult: £9.00
    Concession: £6.50
    Family: £22.00
    1 Parent Family: £17.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 5 Star
  • Visit Scotland Accredited - Taste our Best - Visit Scotland Accredited - Taste our Best