Verdant Leisure’s flagship Dunbar holiday park, Thurston Manor, was awarded runner-up in the Best Holiday Park category at the Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards last Sunday evening at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel.

The inaugural Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards were created to reward the very best from Scotland’s outdoor and leisure trade industry, voted for by customers. Ten finalists from each category were then shortlisted and all finalists reviewed by a team of independent judges.

“We were absolutely thrilled to win this accolade from the Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards. It means a great deal to myself and the team at Thurston Manor, who work really hard to deliver exceptional services and experiences to our customers,” says George Hope, General Manager at Thurston Manor.

Nestling at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills in Scotland, near the stunning East Lothian coastline, Thurston Manor offers holidaymakers and holiday home owners the chance to share special holidays and short breaks with family and friends that they will remember for a lifetime.

Once a private estate visited by kings, it now offers modern stylish caravans and luxury lodges in a truly stunning country park setting with superior facilities including a swimming pool, gym, sauna and fishing lake.

“We are constantly striving to improve our accommodation and facilities which will benefit from a further £600,000 of investment next year, including a new pitch development and refurbishment of the complex.  With these improvements we aim to enhance Thurston Manor for the benefit of both our holiday home owners and guests” continues Hope.

Small Business Saturday 3rd December

Small Business Saturday is your chance to show your town how much you care about the community by coming out and shopping locally. This is the perfect time to come and grab some great Christmas gifts, find out what your high street has to offer and get involved in the days activities.

Activities from retailers and businesses will be announced in the run up to the day on the facebook event page

There will also be a Santas Grotto in the Backlands area of the high street courtesy of the ridge, with face painting, mulled wine, mince pies and gift wrapping service all for free.

Jacqui Burke will be hosting an open house and a high street fashion show of her collection, come down and meet Dunbars most famous designer!

Dunbar Rotary Charity Shop November 2016

The Club's annual Charity Shop will be taking place between 31st October and 12th November 2016

Our annual Charity Shop will be open at 130 High Street, Dunbar from 31st October to 12th November


The shop will be open from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November to take in items for sale.

  The grand opening will be at 10.00am on Saturday 5th November.

Thereafter, the shop will be open daily from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th November between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

To arrange collection of items for sale, please phone Bob McKinnon, 01368 864279.

We regret we cannot take items of clothing or large items of furniture.


The Club wishes to thank the Smiths for the continued use of the premises at 130 High Street.

Great British High Street Awards 2016: Top 5 in Coastal Category

Dunbar reaches top 5 in GBHS awards – coastal category

Dunbar was named as having one of the country’s best high streets in the third annual Great British High Street competition.

Dunbar High Street was named in the top five of the coastal category, beating more than 85 per cent of entries and just missing out on going through to the public vote to decide the winner.

The East Lothian town’s High Street was the highest ranked Scottish town in the category, finishing behind Falmouth, in Cornwall, Prestatyn, in Wales, Sea View Street, in Cleethorpes, and Teignmouth, in South Devon.

Steven Hill, chair of Dunbar Trades’ Association (DTA) was delighted when he heard that Dunbar High Street had been shortlisted in the UK wide Best High Street competition.  ‘To be in the top five coastal town category is a tremendous achievement and shows that all our hard work has been recognised.  It certainly spurs us on to work even harder.


Pauline Jaffray, secretaryof DTA further commented ‘we were the only Scottish town to make the shortlist in the coastal town category and the DTA is an excellent platform for all businesses to work together for the benefit of Dunbar and the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy also congratulated Dunbar on finishing in the top five.

He said: “Dunbar demonstrated many of the things we were looking for: a commitment to revitalising the high street as a unique place for living, working and shopping.

“Dunbar just missed out on the public vote this year but can take great pride in reaching the final five and being named one of Britain’s best high streets.”