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Celebrating Burns Night

National Museum of Rural Life to hold weekend of Scottish activities to celebrate Burns Night

The National Museum of Rural Life is to host a weekend of traditional Scottish activities to celebrate Burns Night on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January. Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, Burns Unbound delivers a packed programme for all the family, including animal handling sessions, Highland dancers, live traditional Scottish music, Burns supper cooking demonstrations, Scots storytelling and Burns-inspired craft activities.

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about the "beastie" behind one of Burns' most famous poems, with mice from the Animal Man Mini Zoo. Live traditional Scottish music and dance will be enjoyed throughout the weekend. Saturday features fiddle and singing duo Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, as well as cheerleading with a Scottish twist by Elite Pro Dance. Sunday will see musical performances from Sarah Hayes and Fiona McAskill of Wildlings.

Visitors can learn their "byres" from their "bothies" or find out where they might meet a "tattie-bogle", with family-themed activities, including a Burns trail, exploring collections around the Museum, and craft activities, along with the creation of a Scots word cloud.

Budding bookworms are invited to join storyteller Amanda Edmiston and musician Louise Cairns for To a Mouse, a fun and interactive musical retelling of this well-known Burns poem. For under-fives, Magic Carpet storytelling will explore Scots words, stories and rhymes.

To round-off the Burns celebrations, there will be the opportunity to sample Hardiesmill haggis, and on Sunday watch a demonstration from Wendy Barrie of the Scottish Food Guide, on how to prepare a special Burns Night supper.

Shirley Maciver, General Manager at the National Museum of Rural Life, said,"We're looking forward to welcoming families to the Museum this weekend to have fun exploring all things Burns; partake in some Scottish traditions and enjoy learning more about what's behind them, as well as helping us celebrate Burns Night."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Burns Night is always such an exciting celebration in Scotland, so it's fantastic that the National Museum of Rural Life is hosting a weekend to celebrate Burns. It gives families of all ages the chance to learn about the famous poet whilst having fun."

The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride comprises a purpose-built museum, exploring how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland's countryside. The Museum's working farm uses traditional 1950s farming methods, with a milking parlour, and animal breeds such as Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire Dairy Cows and Scottish black-faced sheep. A period farmhouse shows what living on a farm was really like more than fifty years ago. The Shielings café offers hot drinks, fresh home baking and meals using fresh Scottish produce.

The National Museum of Rural Life is open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm. Visit for details.

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