The Out About Scotland complete guide to East Links Family Park in East Lothian
Category: Amusement park, Animals
Suitable for ages: 5 to 10 years, 11 to 18 years, 18+ years
Ideal for: Families
I rate it: 8 out of 10
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 and there are loads of activities for both children and adults to enjoy, although it’s admittedly primarily aimed at young 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?!
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’s-worth of animals to see, and adults will likely find themselves having just as much fun as their 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 1-kilometre 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 pedal-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 the trees.
Keep an eye out for the herd of deer on the other side of the woodland 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 battle against each other with foam balls.
The only potential negative about East Links Family Park is that it’s aimed at younger children so if you’ve got teenagers I don’t think they’re going to be too impressed if you haul them along with their younger siblings.
That being said you could always let them off the leash to roam around the John Muir Country Park with its lovely golden beaches and trails through the nearby dunes and forest.
A day at the park can be rounded off with a meal in the on-site restaurant and there’s a well-stocked gift shop if the kids want to take home a few toys, or you can head into nearby Dunbar with its harbour-side cafes and lovely walks along the rugged East Lothian coastline.
What I liked about this attraction
- There’s loads to do that will keep kids busy for hours
- Adults can join in the fun too
- The animals appear very well looked after and it’s great fun feeding them
My top tips
- The cafe is a bit pricey but there are plenty of picnic benches so you can take a packed lunch
- Visit the John Muir Country Park which is next to East Links Family Park
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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
Getting there: Car park on-site
Getting around: Easy-access paths, Disabled access, Pushchair access
On-site conveniences: Gift shop, Hot drinks, Picnic area, Restaurant, Snacks, Toilets
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