The Out About Scotland complete guide to East Links Family Park
About East Links Family Park
If you ever find yourself stuck indoors with kids that are begging to burn off some energy you could do a lot worse than take them to East Links Family Park near Dunbar in East Lothian. This family-oriented visitor attraction is set on a 20-acre farm and includes a wide selection of farm-themed activities that aims to bring the best of the countryside to families in a fun and safe environment.
It’s a brilliant day out if you’re the type of family that enjoys playing together there are loads of activities for both kids and adults to enjoy, although it’s primarily aimed at children. Even so, there’s nothing to stop you climbing into one of the pedal karts to go racing down the track around the animal pens or go zooming down the giant slide in the hill fort. After all, why should it just be the kids that have all the fun?!Read more...
Things to do at East Links Family Park
Children certainly won’t get bored at East Links Family Park. There’s a crazy golf course, ball blast arena, miniature train ride, climbable fortress, trampolines, go-karts, climbing walls and a whole zoo of animals to see, and adults will likely find themselves having just as much fun as the kids. Highlights for any family have to be the 4-seater go-karts that can be cycled around the track that circles the outskirts of the park, and the single-seater racing karts that can be driven around their own purpose-built track.
A miniature train safari will take passengers on a 1km journey through the animal paddocks where you’ll see llamas, deer, sheep, donkeys and even emus following the train carriages in the hopes of getting some food chucked at them. The llamas even try to poke their heads into the carriages so it’s probably best to make sure you’ve bought a cup of animal feed before you set off.
The kart track follows the train and also passes through a small woodland where you can stop off to play a selection of musical instruments if the mood takes you before feeding the cute family of wallabies that have their own enclosure hidden away in between the trees. Keep an eye out for the herd of deer on the other side of the wood as these normally timid animals will be only too happy to be hand fed, while the donkeys, sheep and pigs further up the track will enjoy a good scratch along with any leftover animal feed you might have.
The centre of East Links Family Park includes a petting zoo where small animals can be held and cuddled and there’s a selection of bouncy trampolines, swings, slides and climbing frames to go wild on. The largest activity in the park is the giant fortress, a huge wooden complex that features tunnels, climbing nets, rope bridges and aerial runways over multiple levels, and there are even cannons in the towers so that families can battles against each other with foam balls.
A day at the park can be rounded off in the on-site restaurant and there’s a well-stocked gift shop if the kids want to take home a few toys, but the fun needn’t stop after you exit as East Links is located next to the popular John Muir Country Park with its lovely golden beaches and trails through the nearby dunes and forest.
What I liked about this attraction
- There’s loads to do that will keep kids busy for hours
- Adults can join in the fun
- It’s also close to the John Muir Country Park
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- I thought the tickets were expensive. The cafe is on the pricey side too
Address and directions map
Prices and opening times
- Adult/Child: £15
- Concession: £12 (Senior citizen, disabled or carer)
- Age two: £7.50
- Up to 24 months old are Free!
- Family ticket: £56 for four (2 adults + 2 children) then £1 off per head thereafter
- Normal opening time: 10am – 5pm
- July holidays: 10am – 6pm
- Winter: 10am – dusk