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Burns in Glasgow and BeyondBurns in Glasgow and Beyond
Added: 27 Mar 2014
This weekend, there’s only one place to be and that’s Alloway, Burns’ birthplace and a small village rich in his history. Alloway 1759 is an annual celebration and includes all sorts of events and activities. There’s also plenty for kids and families to do over the weekend although some of it might appear out of the ordinary. On Saturday there’s the Great Big Haggis Pass! This is a Haggis parade (yes) that starts at the Tam O’Shanter inn (obv) and ends at the Burns’ Cottage. Visitors are invited to cheer the Haggis on and you can even send in birthday wishes that will be included in the Haggis (deadline Wednesday). On Sunday, its Burns’ Big Birthday Bash with all sorts going on with lots for kids and families. A highlight will be the World Haggis Throwing Championship. According to the blurb it has some history involving clans, rivers and whisky kegs. The Alloway Sessions will also be taking place with some of the country’s leading musicians playing Burns songs and poems set to music.

At Stirling Castle there’s another chance to explore Burns’ connections with the area and Burns Unbound returns to the National Museum of Rural Life. Tam O’Shanter’s Bairns at Mugdock is a show especially for younger audiences. If out of town is just a little too far, head along Scotland Street School Museum for Timorous Beasties!, some free Burns-inspired family fun. At the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Mucklemouth Meg is the Scots-inspired puppet show to mark this national event. There’s a screening of Brave (PG) at the Grosvenor Cinema on Sunday morning followed by snacks and storytelling.

On Saturday night, there’s a family ceilidh at St Silas Church and another one as part of Celtic Connections at Partick Burgh Hall. Celtic Connections is still in full flow - it can be fun to hang out at one of the venues and enjoy some of the free sessions like Danny Kyle’s Open Stage or there might still be places on some of the workshops - kids percussion and come and try ceilidh on Saturday and family percussion on Sunday. Before you know it, it will be February with Chinese New Year and the Glasgow Film Festival, not to mention half term (already?)
Website: http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

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