Burns Night 2016 events at Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle
Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are holding themed events on 23 and 24 January to celebrate Burns Night weekend. For more on Burns Night, visit our special website section.
The historic buildings are set to celebrate all things Robert Burns with special weekend-long events as part of the annual celebrations for one of Scotland’s most famous poets and exports. On 23 and 24 January, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the famous bard’s life, his works and his lasting literary legacy, which still continues today, 220 years later.
This year will see the return of the popular Burns for Beginners event to Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall – the perfect introduction to the man himself and the meaning behind some of his best-known works. A Burns costumed performer will be on hand to discuss a number of the Ayrshire wordsmith’s poems with visitors, including Tam O’Shanter and A Man’s a Man for A’ That; visitors will also be encouraged to think about what Burns might have meant when he penned them over two centuries ago.
Burns for Beginners takes place on 23 and 24 January at 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2pm and 3pm. This event is included in the cost of admission to the castle.
Stirling Castle’s A Celebration of Burns event will see a series of specially created tours take place. Visitors will be able to follow in the footsteps of Burns as they explore his connections with the castle and discover what he might have seen when he visited in 1787 and how this inspired his writing.
The Burns for Bairns tours, which are back at the castle for a third year running, are designed to introduce younger visitors to the poet. A costumed performer in the role of a castle watchman will guide them through the landmark, as they discover more about a number of the bard’s works. Visitors will also have the chance to pen some of their very own Stirling Castle inspired poems with the Poet’s Corner activities, in the Great Hall.
A Celebration of Burns takes place across the weekend. The special Burns themed tours take place at 12noon and 2pm, with Poet’s Corner activities taking place from 12noon onwards and Burns for Bairns tours taking place at 2.15pm. Events are included within the price of admission to the castle.
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(Stirling Castle image copyright E Berlemont)
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