Our programme for 2020

Future Events


Bachelors Club at Tarbolton

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.


Book Club

The Burns Birthday Book Club takes place the last Tuesday of every month at 2.30pm in the Education Pavillion at Burns Cottage. The books are supplied on loan by the local library. New members are always welcomed. Tea, coffee and cafe provided. Fee: £2.

Craft activities in the cottage

During the Summer holidays (July-September) volunteers run traditional craft activities to involve families and children in workshops. These include:  Ink making, bannock making, fabric dyeing, weaving and rug making (this last activity takes place every Monday afternoon throughout the year).

Summer Picnic with the Musical Friends Band

This is an event to celebrate the contributions of staff and volunteers at the Robert Burns Birthplace museum. This year it will take place on September 3. Further details to follow.

Swing Sensation Big Band Night

This evening event will take place on Saturday 27th June 7.30-10.30pm, Tickets will be available from March from the Volunteers Hub in the museum. Further information will follow soon.

Quiz Night

This evening event will take place on Friday October 2. Gather your gang and help us raise funds for the Burns cottage restoration. Further information will follow soon.


Past events


Burns Supper in the Cottage

The world’s foremost Burns Supper will be held in the Cottage of our poet’s birth on his birthday, 25 January. Tickets cost £250 and event is sold out for this year.

There are only 12 tickets left for the 2021 Supper. However, we will hold one pair of tickets back for raffle. The raffle tickets cost £1 each and the Raffle will be drawn on at the end of November. Further information can be obtained at the reception desk of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum or at the Volunteers Hub in the Foyer of the museum.


Our Tombola takes place at the Birthday Bash (January 25),  in the foyer of the Museum. This event, organised every year by volunteer Maureen Bryceland will raise funds for the restoration of the cottage.

Tombola 1-10Kb