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Thursday 7 September – Sunday 10 September

10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

The Waggonway Project return to Cockenzie Harbour for a dig at the historic salt pans and waggonway, which lie buried at the north-east corner. An exploratory excavation in 2018 revealed surviving remnants of salt pan houses which could date as far back as the 17th century. We need volunteers to help us unpick the story of Cockenzie’s industrial past!

Visitors are welcome to view the site and visit the museum at any time. Drop-in activities are available (e.g. spoil sieving and finds cleaning).

We’ll also be doing site tours at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 on Friday & Saturday, and at 11:00 and 12:00 on Sunday. Starting at Cockenzie Harbour and finishing at the Waggonway Museum.


Anyone wishing to take part in the dig must pre-book a space – suitable for age 8 and upwards (under 16s must be accompanied by their responsible adult at all times). Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Contact us at to book a dig space.

NB. Digging is very strenuous work, and we would encourage volunteers to ask in advance if they have any concerns or questions about this. Suitable robust footwear must be worn, and please dress for the weather. All other equipment is provided.

*bookable dig spaces are free and available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday*

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