Burns Night is a celebration of the late Scottish poet Robert Burns, and takes place every year on his birthday, on the 25th January.
Can't find a good event near you? Why not host your own? Serve up some haggis, host a whisky tasting, or create your own pop-up cinema evening
Most Burns Night events are marked with a traditional supper, whisky and bagpipe music.
Although Robert Burns was Scottish, people celebrate Burns Night all across the UK, serving up suppers of haggis and tatties with a glass of Scottish whisky. We do love an excuse for a party!
More elaborate Burns Night celebrations also include poetry readings (of Robert Burns' poetry), toasts and bagpipe music, before everyone joins in the ceilidh dancing; which is a bit like a barn dance.
Here are some of our top picks for celebrating Burns Night like a true Scottish patriot.
Watch Braveheart in a (heated) secret garden cinema, London
Recline in a deckchair under a cosy blanket in a heated secret garden bar and watch the Oscar-winning epic ‘Braveheart’, whilst munching on Michelin-star Scottish bites (think haggis and handmade shortbread), gourmet popcorn and a whisky cocktail. Wearing a touch of tartan is actively encouraged!
South Place Cinema, South Place Hotel, Wednesday 25th January 2017, 6:30pm. Book tickets
Join in Burns Night at Fort Amherst in Kent with a three-course buffet
Enjoy a three course traditional Burns buffet meal including haggis, neeps and tatties, a Scottish themed quiz, a raffle and prizes as well as a whisky toast in this unique setting. There are a maximum of 38 places, so book early as demand is expected to be high after last year’s hugely successful event.
Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent, Saturday 21st January 2017 from 7.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m, £25 per person. Book tickets
Whisky tasting and live music in a rooftop teepee, London
Always wanted to dance around the fire inside a giant rooftop wigwam, wearing tartan and drinking whisky? Well, now's your chance. At the Queen of Hoxton there will be whisky tasting (with free Glenfiddich), live music from Will Allen, hot and cold cocktails and fire pits to warm you up, plus the traditional 'Address to a Haggis'.
Queen of Hoxton, Wednesday 25th January 2017, 7:00pm onwards. Free (more info)
Dance the night away in Edinburgh
Where better to celebrate Burns Night than in Scotland's fine capital?
Tuck in to a three-course Scottish meal (with complimentary dram), then hit the dance floor as the resident ceilidh band plays and a caller walks you through the steps of every dance, from the 'Dashing White Sergeant' to the 'Strip the Willow'.
Contini Hotel Edinburgh, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January, 2017, 7:30pm to midnight, £40.00 per person. Book tickets
Learn to dance the Ceilidh at the Battersea Arts Centre, London
Can't quite make it up to Edinburgh? Shake off the January blues by dusting off your dancing shoes and grab a partner for a classic Scottish Ceilidh night, complete with a fairy-lit feast of haggis, neeps and tatties. Live music and ceilidh-calling all night. No previous dance experience necessary. Tartan encouraged.
Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea, 20th January, 7:00pm, £30 (including dinner). Book tickets
Soak up some folk music in Bristol
"Band of Burns" is a one-off collaboration of 11 folk musicians. Bringing elements of the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland, England and even Turkey, this band have come together to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns in a truly unique way. The night will take you through a collection of the poet's best known works and hidden gems with an intricately arranged mix of seven voices and thirteen instruments. Also, it will be the first chance to hear new compositions built from some of Burns' poems never before set to music.
Trinity Centre, Bristol, 21st January, 8:00pm. Book tickets
Home cooked food and a ceilidh band in Newcastle
Wipe out the January blues with a splash of tartan, delicious home cooked food, a wee dram or two, and dancing to a live ceilidh band at Newcastle's Centre for Life. Are you a bit rusty on the moves? Fear not, the band will talk you through the dances.
Centre For Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Friday 27th January, 7:00pm. Book tickets
Bagpipes, haggis and whisky in Edinburgh
Enjoy a traditional Burns supper with bagpipes, speeches, whisky, haggis and live Scottish music at Edinburgh's Whiski Rooms.
Whiski Rooms, North Bank Street, Edinburgh, saturday 21st January and Wednesday 25th January, £36 per person. Book tickets
Watch the "piping of the haggis" in store
Host your own Burns Night at home
Can't find a good event near you? Why not host your own? Try our Scottish range, serve up some of haggis (why not try our pan-fried scallops with crumbled haggis & bacon recipe?), have a whisky tasting (how well do your guests know their whiskies?), and end the meal with Scottish shortbread biscuits (or make your own). You could even put on the film Braveheart and create your own pop-up cinema evening!