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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...
Hotel du Vin - Cambridge

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…

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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.

Craster Tower Apartment

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.

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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!

Corinthia Hotel London

Bread Street Kitchen, Bread Street, London, January 25, from 7pm

If you like a bit of Burns Night action but are a bit of a food snob too (no shame there), then wend your way to Bread Street Kitchen, part of chef Gordon Ramsay's empire. Four courses of top notch versions of the Scottish classics from head chef Paul Shearing will appear at your table as you admire than floor to ceiling window views on one side and open kitchen on the other, with paired whiskies to go with each course.

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Corinthia Hotel, London.
Just four stops on the tube from Cannon Street (for Bread Street), Embankment's Corinthia Hotel is an elegant five-star London grand dame frequented by celebs, business big wigs and anyone one who likes luxury. Huge light-filled public areas, fresh flowers scenting the air and sparkling marble floors say it all.

Berwick Lodge

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.

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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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