Bachelor’s Club at Talborton

It was at the Bachelors Club at Tarbolton where Robert Burns learned to dance; launched the debating club and became a Freemason.

Following a very successful 2019, in which the Bachelors club brought back to life debates, music, poetry and  prose, 2020 will see the continuation of these popular events.

On the First Tuesday of each month there is an Open Mic Night with music, songs and tales. The evening event start at 7pm. Enjoy the varied performances or feel free to take part with music, song, poetry or prose.

Turning the clock back to the year 1780 when Robert Burns launched the debating club on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 7.00pm, we will have a Debate Night with one subtle difference: it will be open for all to enjoy.

Don’t let the title “Bachelors Club” mislead you. You don’t have to be a bachelor and you don’t have to be a man!

All events are free to attend though any donations are welcome. These are used solely for the upkeep and development of The Bachelors Club.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact the Volunteers Information Hub at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Cottage Activities for this Summer

Volunteers are planning new workshops to add to their repertoire of activities to bring Burns Cottage alive. These include showing how plants growing in the vicinity would have been used for healing purposes and also for beauty treatments.  Regular story telling sessions will be introduced to echo the experience of the young Robert Burns at the knee of Betty Davidson, an old woman relative who stayed with the family and had a vast store of spooky stories. Soon volunteers hope to embark on learning to spin using equipment provided through the local CO-OP’s community support scheme. Meanwhile, pop into the Education Pavilion at Burns Cottage on Monday afternoons to see a rag rug being made and find out more.

Tombola 2020

Tombola 1-10Kb
Our Tombola stall at the Birthday Bash is now in its seventh year. This year we raised in excess of £300.  This is a volunteers effort and one of our contributions to the fundraising.
Our very kind band of volunteers  never fail to support our friendly Team Tombola, and it’s great fun.


Maureen Bryceland (Volunteer)

Farewell to the buggy service and welcome to “The Friends and Volunteers Information Hub”

For a number of reasons beyond our control, the much loved buggy service which has been running for some 7 years, has to be discontinued.


An exciting new initiative is “The Friends and Volunteers information Hub” situated behind the Admissions desk at the main entrance. The original idea was to provide much needed help and information for visitors and volunteers to the museum, and particularly those with limited access to the internet. We are also linking up with Visit Scotland and their new “I Know” programme which highlights all that is good in the wider community, as well as RBBM, so why not come along and check it out.

Information Hub Jan 2019
Volunteers Roger Alexander and George Lennie at The Friends and Volunteers information Hub


Roger Alexander and John Rattenbury