Honour Scotland’s Bard in style this year at one of these exciting Burns Night celebrations.
There’s something for everyone in Glasgow, from traditional Burns suppers to children’s events and musical extravaganzas.
20 Jan: Clyde Fishermen’s Trust Burns Supper – Tuck into a traditional three course Burns supper and dance the night away at a ceilidh to raise money for the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust. There are even prizes to be won. (Sat 20 Jan, £35, WEST on the Green, Building 4 Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, G40 1AW – clydefishermenstrust.com)
20 Jan: A Burns Day Celebration for Children – Waterstones will be celebrating the life of Burns through crafts, activities and poetry reading. Head along between 1pm and 3pm for family fun and some Scottish refreshments. Call ahead to book your free space. (Sat 20 Jan, free, Waterstones, Unit 30B, Glasgow Fort Retail Park, G34 9DL – waterstones.com/glasgow-the-fort)
22-28 Jan: Rabbie’s Haggis Afternoon Tea – Brewers Innis & Gunn are teaming up with Macsween haggis to put on a unique haggis-themed afternoon tea at Glasgow’s Beer Kitchen. Expect everything from haggis scotch eggs to haggis spiced chocolate truffles, as well as some beer, of course. (Mon 22 – Sun 28 Jan, £15 for two people, Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen, 46 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – innisandgunn.com)
24 Jan: BEMIS Celebrates Burns – Part of the Celtic Connections festival, this grand-scale multicultural ceilidh will feature performances from Eddie Reader, Lorcan MacMathuna and Dallaghan, with the theme of equality running throughout the evening. (Wed 24 Jan, £22, The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, G1 1NQ – bemis.org.uk)
24 & 28 Jan: Burns Night Special – We all know Rabbie Burns had a sense of humour, so celebrate him by laughing the night away at one of The Stand’s Burns Night specials. Host JoJo Sutherland will welcome the likes of John Scott, Vladimir McTavish, Donald Alexander and Scott Agnew to the stage. (Wed 24 and Sun 28 Jan, £6, The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG – thestand.co.uk/Glasgow)
25 Jan: The Glenfiddich Burns Night Experiment – Whisky giants Glenfiddich are re-writing the Burns Night rule book at one of the city’s trendiest venues, SWG3. Guests will be treated to a unique gourmet three course meal and bespoke whisky cocktails, as well as surprising live performances. (Thu 25 Jan, £50, SWG3, Studio Warehouse, 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG – eventbrite.com/the-glenfiddich-burns-night-experiment)
25 Jan: Band of Burns – Twelve diverse musicians came together last year to form Band of Burns. They specialise in new versions of classic Burns songs, as well as original compositions and instrumental sets, performed using fiddle, bagpipes, and a vibrant rhythm section. (Thu 25 Jan, £16, The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, G1 1NQ – celticconnections.com)
25 Jan: This Is NOT A Burns Night – For anyone who’s sick of haggis, Govanhill Baths is hosting a purely poetry-centred evening on Burns Night with performances from Magi Gibson, Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, Marc Sherland, Finola Scott and Angie Strachan. (Thu 25 Jan, £5, Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, G42 7QR – brownpapertickets.com)
25 & 26 Jan: Burns Night at Wellpark Brewery – For something a little less traditional, learn about the history of the Wellpark Brewery, then stop for a dram and some locally sourced haggis, neeps and tatties. Quench your thirst with a complimentary pint of Tennents at the end. (Thu 25 and Fri 26 Jan, £19, Wellpark Brewery, 161 Duke Street, G31 1JD – eventbrite.co.uk)
27 Jan: Gaia Women’s Burns Supper – Hosted by singer and actor, Horse McDonald, the fifth annual Gaia Women’s Burns Supper will celebrate Burns’ love of the lassies and follow the style of a traditional Burns Night – with a few twists along the way. The event supports the Equal Voices Foundation. (Sat 27 Jan, £39, Lorne Hotel, 923 Sauchiehall Street, G3 7TQ – eventbrite.co.uk)