This Sunday 16th April see’s the Gullane Food and Drink Festival’s final event, the Family Fun Day and Community Picnic. We are providing our delicious boxed picnics once again, and activities in the marquee including a kids’ Arts & Crafts corner, and a Pony Care Corner.

We have a very special announcement for Sunday too; we are delighted to have the support of internationally renowned scientist and TV presenter, Professor James Logan, to help launch a children’s book about challenging prejudices and encouraging inclusion.


The book, named after and starring, one of our specially trained Therapy Ponies, Highland pony Uist of Torlundy, will be read by James as part of the Gullane Food and Drink Festival’s, free, Family Fun Day and Community Picnic, on Sunday 16th April.

Professor Logan, who lives locally, and is a keen equestrian, recently joined our Board of Trustees. He said,

“I’m looking forward to helping Uist launch his story and message about facing challenges and the importance of kindness and inclusion, all part of Muirfield Riding Therapy’s ethos“

Based in West Fenton, our Centre, a member group of Riding for the Disabled (RDA), offers equine facilitated therapy which involves activities with horses to promote participants’ physical and mental health.

‘Uist of Torlundy’, was written by Muirfield Riding Therapy volunteer, and co-founder of the Gullane Food and Drink Festival, Louise Pickering,

“I’m lucky enough to be a volunteer with Muirfield Riding Therapy and Uist’s sharer. Uist is such a special pony, and in my day job as a primary school teacher, I thought children would enjoy reading all about him and his friends. It’s actually Uist’s 24th birthday on the day of the Family Fun Day, so it’s the perfect day to launch his book!”

Louise, and the book’s illustrator, Bryony Date, will be joining Uist and Professor Logan at the book launch at 2pm on 16th April, and they hope you will too!  

There’s still time to book one of our delicious picnics, click here