Celebrate the Bard’s Birthday in Mauchline

Burns House Museum in Mauchline will be celebrating the birthday of the Bard on Sunday 27th January with another fantastic day of events for all the family.


Now in its fourth year, Burns’s Birthday in Mauchline celebrates the life of Robert Burns in Mauchline continues to grow in popularity, bringing together local communities and visitors to the area to celebrate our national Bard.


Come along and join in the fun at another weekend of visual art workshops, storytelling, poetry, kirkyard tours, talks and much more, and to close the celebrations there will be a very special performance of a well-known Burns poem by students of Mauchline Primary School too.


The event is being funded by the Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, which is managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It will run from noon to 4pm and admission is free.


Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Macpherson, said:


“Burns Night is one of Scotland’s most well-known and best loved national days, celebrated by millions around the world. This is a chance for us to come together every year, celebrate Burns’ poetry and affirm some of our country’s most important values – fairness, equality and internationalism.


“With Mauchline playing such an important role in Burns’ life, it’s a fitting place to celebrate the Bard with a fantastic programme of poetry, music and visual art.


“Every year, Scottish Winter Festivals welcome hundreds of thousands of people from far and wide, who come to Scotland to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, the Christmas period, Hogmanay and Burns Night, significantly boosting the economy and engaging with our diverse communities. The festivals are an occasion to showcase our unique, world-class tourism assets to a global audience and I am pleased that the Scottish Government is supporting these celebrations across the country.”


For further information, call Burns House Museum on 01290 550045, visit eastayrshireleisure.com or follow us on Facebook.


Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, lived in Mauchline in what was his arguably his most creative and productive period. It was at his farm, Mossgiel, close to the town, that he composed many of his best-loved poems. Whilst making his new farm ready, Burns and his wife Jean Armour lodged in a room in what is now Burns House Museum.


Managed by East Ayrshire Leisure, the museum uses original manuscripts, objects and other publications to interpret Burns’ time in the town and his relations with many of its characters.


Further information: Burns House Museum is situated in Castle Street, Mauchline, KA5 5BZ. Telephone 01290 550045. Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.30am to 1.40pm then 2pm to 6pm; Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.40pm then 5pm to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 4pm.