Burns Night 2014: Find an event near you
As our guide to Burns Night events demonstrates, the celebration of Scotland’s Bard isn’t confined to January 25.
Across the length and breadth of the country, there are countless ways to celebrate the birthday of Rabbie Burns, from traditional Burns Suppers (think haggis, neeps and tatties, a wee dram of whisky and poetry recitals) to stand-up comedy and live music.
We’ve listed just a selection of Burns events from WOW247. Find more with a quick Search above.
Fireside Suppers: Burns
24 Jan, 7:30pm
Freemans, Marchmont; more info
The Fireside Collective presents Edinburgh’s newest supper club, in collaboration with Sarah Jane Cooking. Guests will be treated to a three course, seasonal menu. Think of a traditional Burns Night with a few culinary twists.
Supper with Burns
22 – 24 Jan, 7pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre; more info
Traditional Scottish fare and music, and the story of Robert Burns. Including a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties with Cranachan.
Macastory Presents: The Twa Rabbies!
25 Jan, 11am
Scottish Storytelling Centre; more info
Investigate the secret untold adventures and discover the outrageous stories behind Robert Burns’ most loved poems and songs.
The Mother Of All Burns
25 Jan, 8:30pm
Netherbow Theatre, The Scottish Storytelling Centre; more info
BAFTA winner Andrew Dallmeyer’s play featuring Anne Raitt as Rabbie’s mother and including the songs of Burns performed by singer Coreen Scott and friends.
23 Jan, 7pm, £50
Prestonfield House; more info
Welcomed by the rousing strains of Prestonfield’s Pipe Major, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cocktail followed by a delicious four-course dinner that includes the very best of Scotland’s larder, including traditional haggis, Angus beef and a dram of malt. After dinner Grant Stott will host the evening.
St Columba’s Hospice Burns Supper
24 Jan, 7pm, £49
Edinburgh Corn Exchange; more info
A twist on the traditional Burns evening. Expect a night of laughter with some of Scotland’s contemporary comic talent. Your toast to Rabbie Burns will begin with James Martin of the hit TV show Still Game followed by the ‘Toast to the Lassies’ by Des Clarke, and then comedian Keara Murphy will hit back with her ‘Reply from the Lassies’ and Karen Dunbar will round off the evening with her rendition of ‘Tam O’Shanter’.
Burns Night Big Scottish Ceilidh
25 Jan, 7pm
Ghillie Dhu; more info
Enjoy an arrival dram, traditional Scottish dinner, toast to the haggis with the chef and piper, all followed with a ceilidh and DJs till the wee small hours.
A Burns Supper Celebration
31 Jan, 7:30pm
The Glasgow Art Club; more info
This Burns Supper will be a little different from what you might expect. Whilst the gallery is under renovation it will be in the cosy surroundings of the Dining Room. A slightly more intimate and relaxed affair than the usual alternation of speeches, recitations and musical interludes is in store.
International Robert Burns Conference 2014
25 Jan, 9am – 5pm
The Mitchell Library; more info
This conference will be based on the theme of Homecoming with key speakers Ronnie Black, Alex Deans, Richard Finlay, Katherine Campbell, Emily Lyle and George Smith.
Robert Burns In Music, Words & Song
31 Jan, 7:30pm, £10
The Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross; more info
Start the year in style with a very special evening of song. Baritone Paul Keohone is joined by Wilma MacDougall and accompanist Geoffrey Tanti for an evening of Scottish classics – old and new.
Burns Night Celebration
24 Jan, 7pm
Oran Mor; more info
An evening of poetry and music, as well as the three-course supper hosted by Scottish actor Iain Robertson.
25 – 26 Jan, 10am – 5pm
National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride; more info
The National Museum of Rural Life is celebrating the works of Robert Burns and the Scottish traditions associated with this time of year. Enjoy a packed programme featuring family craft activities, costumed characters, gallery trails, music, storytelling, theatre, and food and drink themed around some of the national bard’s most famous works.
Celtic Connections and Homecoming Scotland present International Burns Concert
25 Jan, 7:30pm, £24
SSE Hydro; more info
With 2014 billed as the year that Scotland welcomes the world, there could hardly be a more fitting time nor place for Celtic Connections to celebrate its coming-of-age than on Robert Burns’s birthday, at Glasgow’s landmark new national music arena. The 2014 theme of Homecoming has always been integral to the festival, via Celtic music’s myriad international journeys, past and present, as has the inspirational worldwide legacy of Burns’s poetry, songs and music.
Alison Gormley, Margaret Hearne And Derrick McLure
23 Jan, 12:45pm – 1:30pm
Cowdray Hall; more info
The singers perform a celebration of Robert Burns’ work.
The Plooman Poet: The Real Burns As Told By His Droothy Chronie, Souter Johnnie
28 – 30 Jan, 7:30pm; 29 Jan, 2pm
Aberdeen Arts Centre; more info
Quids In Theatre Company present a unique perspective on the life and times of Robert Burns as seen through the eyes of one of his most famous creations, Souter Johnnie. This small production explores Burns’ poetry, while incorporating biographical insights and storytelling.
Burns Ceilidh Supper
24 – 25 Jan, 7:30pm, £25 (sold out)
Beach ballroom; more info
A Burns Ceilidh Supper with music from Clachan Yell plus Traditional Toastmaster.
Burns Night Ceilidh
25 Jan, 7:30pm
The Glen Mhor Hotel; more info
Celebrate Scotland’s national poet’s birthday, with dancing, a buffet, and a recital of Burns’ ‘Address to the Haggis’.
A Burns Supper Celebration
23 Jan, 8pm
Crail Town Hall; more info
The evening will see you enjoying a Scottish supper consisting of haggis, neeps and tatties. What more do you need?
A Toast To Burns at Scotland’s Oldest Distillery
25 – 26 Jan
Glenturret distillery; more info
Scotland’s oldest and most visited whisky distillery will celebrate Bard Rabbie Burns this year with a programme of activities to be compered by a founding member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, winners of BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous?
Burns Club Annual Dinner
25 Jan, 6:30pm, £7
Salutation Hotel; more info
The club’s Annual Dinner, widely recognised as being one of the country’s leading Burns Nights, will include performances from Fiona Hyslop MSP, Andrew Clegg and Lesley Riddoch.
Big Burns Supper
24 – 26 Jan
Dumfries; more info
This three-day festival of Burns will include theatre and dance, music, comedy and cabaret, Burns suppers, family events and spoken word.
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Concert
22 Jan, 7pm
Ayr Town Hall; more info
An intimate celebration of the bard, with some special guests and local talent showcasing the work of Robert Burns in his birthplace. Also featuring Little Fire and Milla Crann, an Ayrshire-based duo who are both solo performers in their own right.
More on Burns Night…
• Five Scotch whiskies to enjoy on Burns Night
• Burns Night: A guide to holding a Burns Supper
• The real face of Robert Burns revealed
• Burns Night: Three-course Burns Supper recipes
• How Burns Suppers are celebrated around the world
Will you be celebrating Burns Night?
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