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You don't have to travel to Scotland to enjoy Burns Night

Burns Night, you say?

If you haven’t heard of this Scottish tradition we will fill you in on all you need to know...

On 25th January 1759, Scottish poet Robert Burns was born. Burns is best known for the iconic poem Auld Lang Syne, which is sung loud and proud on New Year's Eve.

Now referred to as the 'Bard of Ayrshire' this influential figure has his very own day on which a feast is held. This feast includes the traditional dish of haggis, turnips, potatoes, swedes, and it goes without saying, a tipple of single malt whiskey.

Now you know the history, you need to find out where can you celebrate this yearly tradition! Of course, when it comes to Burns Night, the Scottish do it like no other, but if you can’t travel that far, we’ve got you covered with our list of Burns Night celebrations in England.


1. For Feasting, try Burns Night in Birmingham

If you’re keen to experience the tastes of Burns Night, Birmingham has a host of bars and pubs which are getting into the Scottish spirit this year. One of the best being The Shakespeare Inn. Located in the city centre, they will be celebrating Burns Night until 26th January with an amazing selection of Scottish favourites including haggis, smoked salmon, oat cakes, neeps and tatties!

Best of all they are offering a set menu of 2 or 3 courses starting from £13.95, perfect for a Scottish experience on a budget.

Be sure to book ahead for this great feast here.


2. For a Bizarre Event, try Burns Night in London

Not all Burns Night events are food based. If you’re keen to travel down to London this year, a number of Kilt 10k Runs are happening around the Victoria Embankment Gardens.

This beautiful garden will be covered in tartan kilts, so hop on a coach and bear witness to this bizarre and unique event - it’s completely free!

Be sure to book a spot here.


3. For Music and Dance, try Burns Night in Bristol

Journey to Bristol via the coach and dance the night away with a top selection of musicians at St. George's Church. 'Band of Burns' is a collaboration of 12 artists coming together to celebrate Robert Burns life, works and philosophies.

This is a show you do not want to miss so be sure to book your tickets as it is bound to sell out fast

Book your tickets here.


Wherever you chose to celebrate Burns Night, feel free to share any photos with us using the hashtag #NXShared, we’d love to see what you get up to.

Have a happy Burns Night!

Please note that this blog was written prior to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Because of this, the information above may no longer be entirely accurate. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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