On the 25th of January, it’s time to start celebrating Burns Night – a Scottish celebration remembering the life of the great poet Robert Burns.
His most celebrated contribution to culture, is the famous “Auld Lang Syne”, a song close to any Briton’s heart, normally sung on New Year’s Eve. The Scottish traditionally eat Haggis, Neeps and Tatties on Burns Night, in remembrance of an Ode that Burns wrote to the sausage-like dish. For some it’s also traditional to drink whisky, wear tartan and listen to traditional speakers recite poems and stories.
Here are 5 places to celebrate Burns Night around Britain:
Ceilidh Club, London
Celebrate Burns night at The Ceilidh Club, in Hammersmith with eating, drinking, dancing, piping and poetry. There’s 3 hours of traditional dancing to a wonderful band and caller ( who will let you know the steps) and Haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) are served buffet style.
Celebrations take place at the Hammersmith Town Hall on the 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, Jan and the 3rd and 4th Feb 2017. Tickets can be purchased online for £34.50. Dressing up is appreciated.
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Scotland is obviously the best place to celebrate Burns night and an evening at Stirling Castle will provide the full experience. The beautiful Scottish Castle is a must see. On 22nd January the ‘Revel with Rabbie’ event from 12pm – 4pm celebrates the life and works of the famous poet. You can learn about the Stirling Lines, how to address a haggis and have a dram and a bite of haggis in honour of the bard. This event is included in normal admission to the Castle.
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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr
What better place to celebrate that at the birthplace of the National bard? This fascinating museum gives visitors an insight into the Ayrshire ploughman who became one of the world’s best known poets.
And with events throughout January, including the “Haggis Hooley” (an informal nod to a Burns Supper), there’s plenty of opportunities to celebrate.
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Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Enjoy an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Storytelling Court. £25 gets you a ticket which includes a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner – with the centre-piece Haggis – and a generous helping of Burns’ stories, song and lore. Book early to avoid disappointment.
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The Whisky Lounge, Liverpool
If you fancy a wee dram or two, the Whisky Lounge tasting sessions feature 6 whiskies in the company of a whisky expert and fellow whisky aficionados. Be assured of an evening that celebrates the Bard but where the focus is very much on the (good) whisky. Book online.
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