THE Brunton in Musselburgh has teamed up with the town’s East Coast Restaurant for the first time to launch a new festive pantomime competition with a nautical twist.

Children from across East Lothian are being encouraged to make a creative splash by drawing or painting a colourful picture of their favourite deep-sea creature as part of The Brunton’s new festive show for 2022, Sinbad the Pantomime, which runs from November 23 until December 31.

Families can look forward to seeing Sinbad’s voyages from Fisherrow Harbour and over the sea, searching for fortune and finding romance with a runaway Princess-in-disguise. Along the way there will be nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates, riding on the back of a giant whale and ferocious deep-sea creatures guarding hidden treasure.

Taking inspiration from the story of Sinbad, children are now being invited to create an eye-catching picture of any sea creature they like, from whales and dolphins to lobsters, crabs, starfish, seahorses or even a giant octopus, by next Monday (November 14).

A selection of competition entries will be displayed to the public at The Brunton. The overall winner will receive a complimentary VIP family ticket to see the panto at The Brunton on, as well as a complimentary pre-theatre family meal at East Coast Restaurant, owned by Carlo and Katia Crolla.

Mr Crolla said: “We jumped at the chance to support our local community theatre and work together to launch a fun picture competition for children across the Lothians in the run-up to the festive pantomime season. We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming the winner and their family to East Coast as our special VIP guests.”

To enter the competition, children aged seven to 12 should send or drop in their deep-sea creature picture to: Marketing, The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AF, marking their name and contact email and phone number, by Monday, November 14. The winner will be notified soon after the closing date. The visit date for the competition winner and their family of up to two adults and two children is subject to availability; all drinks and extras to be paid for as taken.

Tickets for the panto are available from The Brunton at or on on 0131 653 5245.