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Best Burns Night Parties & Where to Stay

by Dinah Hatch

Best Burns Night Parties & Where to Stay

Just recovered from the Christmas festivities? Having a dry January? Well, you'll have to stop all that nonsense because its Burns Night! Pack some alka seltzer, throw some thermals in a case and make a weekend of it at any of the hundreds of special events around Britain this January to celebrate Robert Burns' poetry. Here are our top ten favourites for sampling a wee dram...


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Hotel du Vin - Cambridge (Hotel)

15/19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Hotel du Vin - Cambridge, 15/19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Burns Night Charity Ceilidh, Arm Atrium, Cambridge, Jan 21 7.30pm to 10.30pm

With live music from the Arm-in-Arm band and proceedings expertly overseen by caller Alison Giles, this family-friendly event is a classic way to celebrate the famous Scottish poet – and it’s all in the name of charity, with proceeds going to Mind. And don’t go thinking ceilidhs are only for the dancing-proficient, oh no, this night is for everyone, even if they’ve never flicked a pointed toe out in their life! You can always recover with a wee dram and a plate of complementary haggis…

Stay Here:
Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.
Never made it to Cambridge Uni? Bed down in this former university building turned boutique number for more luxury than any college digs.

Hillside Residence (Self Catering)

3 Hillside Cescent, Edinburgh

Hillside Residence, 3 Hillside Cescent, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Annasach’s Burns Night Ceilidh at The Counting House, The Counting House, Edinburgh, January 25, 8pm to 11-45pm (min age 13)

It doesn’t get much more authentic than this – an evening in the very Old Town venue where Robert Burns was once hosted by poet Thomas Blacklock. Pop on your dancing shoes at 8pm and get jigging to the sounds of the Annasach’s Ceilidh Band until 9.30pm when there will be a supper of burger and fries – no, just kidding, it’ll be haggis, tatties and neeps all the way with some free Famous Grouse to swill it down with. Caller Tricia is in charge of proceedings, with dancing resuming until 11.45pm. Stay: Hillside Residence, 3, Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh. With five double bedrooms, this luxury townhouse just a short stroll from The Counting House makes for a superb home-from-home for large groups. We love the grand drawing rooms and fancy dining room. Space aplenty!

Stay Here:
Hillside Residence, 3, Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh.
With five double bedrooms, this luxury townhouse just a short stroll from The Counting House makes for a superb home-from-home for large groups. We love the grand drawing rooms and fancy dining room. Space aplenty!

Malmaison - Newcastle (Hotel)

The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne

Malmaison - Newcastle, The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh, Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne, January 27, 7pm to midnight (min age 18)

Featuring one of the north-east’s best loved folk bands Angels of the North, this Geordie Burns Night is set to be a big event with some wonderfully rousing tunes. Held in the Life conferencing and banqueting hall, organisers promise delicious home cooked food, dancing for any ability and plenty of free flowing whiskey (hic).

Stay Here:
Malmaison, The Quayside, Newcastle.
When you’ve danced yourself silly at the riotous ceilidh and want some peace, put your feet up at this famous spot and admire the views of the winking eye bridge and some of the city’s most iconic sights. A real treat.

Craster Tower Apartment, Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland

Burns Night Supper at the Craster Arms Hotel, Chathill, Northumberland, January 28, 7pm to midnight (min age 18)

There’s something magical about Northumberland’s coastal villages in the winter and the village of Chathill is no different. As the North Sea rages through the icy January weeks, locals know how to get through the long nights with a spot of pub going and The Craster’s traditional Burns Supper provides cosy solace on a miserably cold night. Think blazing fireplaces and free flowing Famous Grouse. Andy Grant provides the address of the haggis with music from the Nortumberland Scottish Pipes and Drums.

Stay Here:
The Craster Apartments, Craster.
Owned by the Craster family for 900 years, these palatial rooms set over two floors, although just part of the castle, have oodles of space. Watch out for the ghost though!

Apple Apartments Limehouse (Self Catering)

57-663 Commercial Road, London

Apple Apartments Limehouse, 57-663 Commercial Road, London, London

Burns Night at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London, January 23, from 9.45pm

Short of installing yourself in a bothy in the middle of the Highlands, Burns Night does not get more Scottish than a night at Boisdale (certainly south of the border) with its mounted stag heads and expanses of tartan. You’d never know that London’s money-making skyscrapers were just outside, should you peep out the window. Expect a four-course menu of traditional fare before the 9pm show of all things Hibernian. The many whisky options at the bar should keep everyone happy.

Stay Here:
Apple Apartments, Limehouse, east London.
Spotless three-bedroom apartments close to the tranquil waters of the Thames, the Apple complex will suit groups who want to avoid staying in central London but want ease of access by day.

Berwick Lodge (Hotel)

Berwick Drive, Bristol

Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Bristol

Burns Night Dinner at the Clifton Club, Bristol, January 27, 7pm, black tie with a Scottish twist

Get into the gentlemen’s club vibe this Burns Night with a terribly sophisticated black tie dinner celebrating Scotland’s most famous son. Now a time honoured favourite at the club, Burns Night formal celebrations include a four course menu with wine, coffee and whiskey, recitations of the poet’s work and plenty of whiskey selections to sample.

Stay Here:
Berwick Lodge Hotel, Berwick Drive, Bristol.
Set in 18 acres of gorgeous grounds, treat yourself to a night at the luxurious country house Berwick Lodge so that you can walk off that whiskey head the morning after!


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