As 2021 summertime gets into full swing, two east of Scotland treasures are set to host a series of outdoor theatre and music performances throughout July and August.

Taking place at Newhailes house (Musselburgh) and Falkland Palace (Fife), families and theatre lovers can enjoy a day out to enjoy a classic family adenture such as Treasure Island or Shakespeares’ Henry V under the stars.

Visitors are invited to bring their blankets and chairs and enjoy the open air shows, set within the gardens and grounds of two of Scotland’s historic properties.

Newhailes house is a Palladian style country house which stands in 80 acres of parkland, maintained by The National Trust for Scotland. Here, theatre fans can enjoy The Tempest on Saturday 17 July and a production of Treasure Island on 21 July, when pirates will descend on the Musselburgh estate.

Travelling further afield, Shakespeare fans can visit the palace of Scottish royalty, Falkland Palace, Fife – which will host a production of Henry V on Sunday 15 August. Against this backdrop of the former home of Mary Queen of Scots, the tale of the charismatic King will be brought to life.

Falkland Palace, National Trust for Scotland

For a summer day out with a historic twist, all events can be booked through each of the individual properties on the National Trust for Scotland website at

All events have been prepared to be as safe as possible and will follow Covid-19 guidelines and safety measures. The National Trust For Scotland is urging anyone planning to visit the events to check the latest government guidance around Covid-19 restrictions.

Falkland Palace
Shakespeare’s Henry V at Falkland Palace & Garden
Date: Sunday 15 August
Time: 7pm

Festival Players International bring you Shakespeare’s most popular history play: Henry V.

After a rebellious and spirited youth, carousing in the taverns of London, Prince Hal takes on the responsibility of kingship and leads his troops across the Channel to do battle with the French at Agincourt. Follow the charismatic King Henry V in this stirring tale of leadership, bravery, humour and love; two hours of exhilarating entertainment for a summer’s evening!

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The Tempest
Date: Saturday 17 July
Time: 7pm

Folksy’s wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.

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Treasure Island
Date: Wednesday 21 July
Time: 6pm

Join plucky Jim Hawkins and his swashbuckling buccaneer crew in this exciting new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure.

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Newhailes, National Trust for Scotland