AULD LANG SCIENCE
Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP
Celebrate the 260th anniversary of Robert Burns at the Centre 4 Life with Auld Lang Science, a fusion of traditional Burns’ Night revelry and science. Treat your ears to a tune of bagpipes and warm up from the winter chill with a wee dram of whiskey before sitting down for dinner. In true Scottish style, work off the added weight dancing all night to the North East ceilidh band, Angels of the North.
Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF
Visit Kingston Park, home to Newcastle’s own rugby team, the Newcastle Falcons, for their Burns Night celebration. Eat like a rugby player and devour the four-course meal before being serenaded with a performance from their piper.
BURNS NIGHT KNEES UP
Billingham Synthonia Club, Stockton-on-Tees TS23 1LH
Get your shins out for this celebration of the famous poet at the Billingham Synthonia Club. Hosted by Butterwick Hospice Care, think haggis, neeps and tatties as well as traditional Scottish entertainment. With music from the ceilidh band Blind Stag and the Teeside Pipe Band, celebrate with high knees and heavy breathing.
Goldsborough Hall, Harrogate HG5 8NR
Enjoy an evening sampling fine whiskey at Goldsborough Hall. Start the celebration with a tray of pre-dinner canapés and a glass of fiery whiskey, before settling in for a three-course dinner. Later, in the library, nibble on cheese and choose your poison from their impressive whiskey selection, including favourites like the Balvenie, 14-years-old and matured in a rum cask, and the 13-year-old Gordon & MacPhail from the Caol Ila Distillery.
THE BURNS NIGHT FEAST
The Mowbray, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8EN
A truly traditional celebration that’s been six months in the making, Burns Night at the Mowbray is everything you could possibly want when raising a glass to the Scottish poet. The ritual begins with an address to the haggis, followed by a sumptuous candlelit feast. Once you’ve had your fill, then begins the round of toasts, first to the queen, then to the lassies and laddies, before finishing off with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.