THE weekend is here! And what's more, with many coronavirus restrictions relaxed and a forecast for reasonable weather, it's a chance to get out and about and enjoy all that East Lothian has to offer!

Remember, though, that coronavirus is still a risk, so make sure you socially distance and follow all the remaining regulations to keep yourself and other people safe.

Here's five ideas of things to do in the county this weekend:

1. Go to the beach

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Seacliff Beach

We all know we're spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches in East Lothian. Why not pay a visit to the likes of Gullane Bents, Yellowcraig or Belhaven Bay to name just a few? Or what about Seacliff, which has been named one of the most popular to visit in the whole of the UK?

2. Enjoy a walk

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Twin Law, Lammermuirs (image: David Gray)

East Lothian's great outdoors is far more than just beaches, though. We have some of the most spectacular countryside anywhere in Scotland. And with restrictions relaxed, we're free to go and enjoy it! Why not enjoy a getaway in the peace of the Lammermuir Hills? A stretch of legs at Musselburgh Lagoons? Or enjoy a walk in one of the county's stunning woodlands, like Pressmennan or Butterdean? And that's just scratching the surface of all the great choices on your doorstep!

3. Visit Newhailes or Preston Mill

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Preston Mill

These two National Trust for Scotland properties reopened to visitors today (Friday). Why not pay one of them a visit? Newhailes in Musselburgh is a stunning 18th-century villa with extensive grounds, while Preston Mill, well-known to fans of the hit TV series Outlander, is a wonderful piece of county history. You'll find them in Musselburgh and East Linton respectively.

4. Get back in the pool or the gym

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The months-long closure of the county's sports centres has been tough for many of us. But now, with restrictions relaxed, they're back open again. Why not enjoy heading to your local swimming pool or gym again? Remember, though, that the pools in Musselburgh and North Berwick aren't open just yet.

5. Enjoy a meal out

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Customers enjoying a pint at the Ravelston House Hotel in Musselburgh

Pubs and restaurants across the county are finally back open after what's been a very difficult few months for them. So why not go support them while at the same time enjoying some fantastic local food and drink? Remember to book ahead, though, and follow all social distancing measures to stay safe.