Small Business Saturday 2nd December 2017 Santa's Grotto

Saturday 2nd of December is your chance to shop local and show the smaller businesses you care. Dunbar is lucky to have so many different small businesses and to celebrate their continued support of our great town Small business saturday is a day to come out and support local.

The DTA and Ridge have teamed up to bring you a festive santa's grotto just off the high street @ the backlands area (alley between flux and found gallery). This event is completely free so why not bring the family down browse the local shops and then make a special visit to see santa



Please support local this Christmas by buying from an independant business you are helping a neighbour, a friend and a member of our community.


Dunbar Xmas Lights 26th November timings of the day

Dunbar will be lit up on Sunday with a full day of festivities planned to mark the switching on of the famous Dunbar Christmas Lights, this display is set to the be biggest and brightest yet. The timings for the day are as follows:

1500 Markets Open
1500 Fairground rides open
1500 Santa Grotto Opens
1500 Dunbar Highland Dancers
1530 Dance Discovery
1600 Dunbar School of Dancing
1630 Band – Damson Jam
1700 Band - Dalkeith Brass Band
1730 Children all meet with Lanterns at Church Hall
1745 Lantern Parade with Dunbar Pipe Band

1810 SWITCH ON by Dunbar Football Team, winners of the East Region South Division and promoted as champions to the East Region Premier League and Minister, Neil Watson - Belhaven Parish Church

1830 Band – Damson Jam
1900 CLOSE

Timings are subject to change so please follow latest updates on

Exciting Opportunity to open a business in Dunbar

Town Catalyst CIC (community interest company) is a new venture aiming to help turn the tide of decline in Scotland’s town centres – and it’s being road-tested in East Lothian.

By offering financial and practical support to new businesses, it plans to attract a high quality of sustainable private business to the heart of communities, starting in Dunbar.

Supported by East Lothian Council, Town Catalyst will provide subsidised premises and running costs during a six month ‘incubation’ project in an empty unit in Dunbar High Street. Applications are now invited from interested businesses wanting to move into retail – and they also want to hear from landlords who may have suitable empty premises which could help expand the project.

“Town centres are important places for an abundance of social and environmental reasons,” said Simon Hill, Town Catalyst Director. “We hope to bring a steady flow of new viable businesses to town centres to help revitalise them, both socially and physically, re-establishing town centres that communities can be truly proud of.”

“The blight of vacant properties, and proliferation of betting and charity shops, has led many of Scotland’s high streets to terminal decline. Out of town retail developments and internet shopping have hit many traditional retail businesses hard, but there are still opportunities for retail to exist in smaller town centres.”

“With the right support, independent retailers can provide specialist value and add services that all towns need. A healthy high street also reduces crime, builds community spirit and creates a pleasant place for people to meet and spend time. These are all key to ensuring that towns thrive.”

Applicants should be new businesses or existing business, not currently operating within the town they are applying for. Potential candidates can apply directly via the website

The pilot program will run for six months starting in January, 2018, based in Dunbar.

The successful applicant will receive financial support for six months, reducing their outgoings by 50 percent for this key period to help establish them. Alongside subsidised premises and running costs, they will receive practical support from Business Gateway and a fully qualified accountant.

At the end of the 6-month incubation period the business will hopefully be well-positioned to take premises of its own and continue to grow and thrive. This financial support removes one of the greatest barriers to new business, by reducing expensive start-up costs. The Town Catalyst program will also start entrepreneurs on a learning journey which will stand them in good stead to grow a successful business and create jobs in the local area.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “This is just the type of forward-thinking project we need in East Lothian to help us achieve our aims of making East Lothian the best place in Scotland in which to live, work and do business. We’re delighted to be able to support Town Catalyst and I look forward to seeing the first incubator business thrive and to help the project expand not just in East Lothian but hopefully be rolled out throughout Scotland.”

Town Catalyst is also seeking forward-thinking landlords with vacant units across Scotland who would like to support this initiative by providing premises at reduced rent for potential candidates with a view to cultivating a long term successful tenant. Find out more via the website

For more information please contact the team at


Dunbar Street Art Trail 13th – 19th August 2017

Following on from DSATs incredibly successful European Stone Stacking Championship as featured on BBC The One Show, DSAT is proud to bring an extended Dunbar Street Art Trail for 2017. The packed programme of artistic expression opens on Friday 11th @ West Barns Bowling club with the amazingly talented Dr Schwamp performing alongside East Lothian’s own Dr Salad, this fusion of Funk and Jazz will sure to be the perfect tonic for any festival blues.

There will be a town wide art exhibition displayed along commercial properties featuring some of the best local and national artistic talents, from painters to photographers and sculptors to street artists the exhibition is a must see and will be displayed from Sunday 12th August till Saturday 19th August. Programmes will be available from all participating venues.

Each evening there will be a workshop with limited spaces for participants to get involved with an art form they want to learn from the best. Graffiti with world renowned street artist ELPH, Stone Balance with James Page, photography walk, life drawing and screen printing workshops . Spaces are limited so check website and social media for booking notice and get booked in quick.

To complete the Dunbar Street art trail 2017 programme we have a street festival planned with interactive areas for graffiti, kid’s activities and carnival games. With a backdrop of some of the best East Coast Musical talent we will have all the family favourites: Carnival games, balloon animals, caricaturist, face painting, glitter tattoos, owl display and more.

Subscribe to the Facebook page for regular updates and announcements or visit the website for more information including travel guidance and parking.

This event is brought to your by DSAT with funding generously provided by East Lothian Council and Dunbar Trades Association