Archive for October, 2020

Looking for something to do this October holiday?

With the October holidays and Halloween fun set to look a little different this year, due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, we have two new events to entertain everyone during the autumn break!  Our Rally Trail and our Virtual Balloon Race!


Jump in your car and take part in our East Lothian Rally Trail anytime ‪up until 1st November 2020‬. It’s a fun drive through beautiful East Lothian countryside, with lots of clues to spot on the way and picnic viewpoints. Plus, participants are all in with a chance of winning a big Hamper of Treats.

More info/booking rules click here

Get in touch by email here to request sign up info 


Join in our eco-friendly virtual balloon race which lifts off from Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) Transylvania on Halloween 31st October.  The race is like a computer game – you can change your balloon’s parameters to help you win!  

The race simulation is influenced by real weather satellites in real time, and you can track the 7-day race on google maps 24/7. You’ll be racing alongside other charities and there are great prizes up for grabs including £500 and an Apple iPad.  Buy as many balloons as you like, or gift one to a friend.

The Virtual Balloon Race is part of Muirfield Riding Therapy’s 10th anniversary celebrations of their pioneering partnership with NHS Lothian – The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service.

For more info and to sign up click here 

Virtual Balloon Race 2020!

Reaching for the sky – 10th Birthday Virtual Balloon Race!

We are celebrating 10 years of a truly pioneering partnership with NHS Lothian, The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service. We want as many people as possible to join in the fun by taking part in our eco-friendly Virtual Balloon Race!  The Virtual Balloon Race lifts off from Dracula’s Castle, Transylvania on Halloween, 31st October at 12noon!


This eco-friendly online balloon race lasts 7 days and is like a computer game, you can change your balloons parameters – make it bigger or smaller, make the latex thicker or thinner – to help you win!  There are some great prizes up for grabs, 1st Place: £500, 2nd Place: an Apple iPad, 3rd Place: £10 Book Tokens for the next 10 fastest balloons.


You can even track the action online 24/7; the race is influenced by information from real weather satellites in real-time! Be warned – virtual balloons, just like latex ones, can pop if the balloon parameters are not suited to the weather! But even a popped balloon can still win if the wind changes direction.


The race is a fundraiser for our Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service.  In 2010 NHS Lothian and Muirfield Riding Therapy (MRT) launched The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, the first, and to this day the largest, Hippotherapy (a form of physiotherapy on horseback) service of its kind in Scotland.


NHS Lothian children’s physiotherapist Heather Falconer, who pioneered the service with MRT’s Service Coordinator Susan Law, says,


It’s particularly effective for children with neurological problems, helping them to develop motor skills like sitting and standing, walking, running, riding a bike.  Things that need core stability and balance skills.


The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, and Muirfield Riding Therapy’s other therapy sessions for children, young people and adults with various disabilities, are provided free-of-charge.


For more information and to sign up for our 10th Birthday Virtual Balloon Race, click here

Autumn fun with our new Rally Trail event!

Looking for something to do this October holiday?  Jump in your car and take part in our new Rally Trail! This is a fun drive through beautiful East Lothian countryside, with lots of clues to spot on the way and picnic viewpoints.  Plus, be in with a chance of winning our magnificent Hamper of Treats !

Our route starts and ends in Haddington, the geographical centre of East Lothian, and you take part at your own leisure, anytime up until Sunday 1st November. (Note: please avoid doing the Rally Trail between Weds 21st – Fri 23rd October due to roadworks closing a route on our route on these 3 days).  Allow around 2 hours to complete the route – depending on your picnic stops and clue spotting skills!

It’s not a race so take your time to enjoy the route as it winds its way around the beautiful East Lothian countryside, in all its autumn colours.  Our Rally Trail pack even includes some recipe ideas to make some treats for your trip.  Our instructions note a suggested picnic place, but you might find your own en route.  Look out carefully for our quiz clues on the way round, as only forms submitted with the correct answers will be entered into our Hamper Prize Draw!

Fun for all ages, this COVID-safe event requires a minimum Team of two, a driver and navigator. Click here for more information and entry requirements.