Journey, this Burns season, into Burns Alicht, a unique sparkling birthplace tour in celebration of Scotland’s poet Robert Burns ...
Pick up your group's lantern and poetry map as you enter Burns Cottage and gardens. Then meander along the illuminated Poet’s Path celebrating Burns landscape and the seasons. Cross the bridge and prepare to be lured to the spooky Auld Kirk Graveyard. Make your way to the moonlit Brig o’ Doon where Tam made haste and complete your journey back to the museum (where drouthy neibours revel) through the red red rose path. In this journey o’ exploration surprises are a plenty. Discover special illuminations, be enchanted by mischievous sights, sounds and entertainment and delight in landmarks coming alive.
The Robert Burns Museum will be open throughout the night for ticket holders to come and go anytime between 6pm and 11pm. There will be food and drink on sale, The Robertson's Room Bar will be open, there will be children's crafts on offer including badge making and creating your own tea-light holder. As well as this the following programme of entertainment will take place -
6pm / 7pm / 8pm / 9pm - Witches Brouhaha Exhibition
Sharmanka was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg, Russia in 1989. At Burns Alicht, Sharmanka will show five ‘kinemats’ or motorized mechanical sculptures. One is themed on Tam o’ Shanter and the other four on witches. The machines will ‘come alive’ one at a time with theatrical movement, light and sound. At the end of each 10 minute show they will all perform together. (limited numbers per session)
7pm - Violin performance from Alistair McCulloch
7.30pm - Burns Ranting, History & Poetry from Cameron Bell
8pm - Violin & Cello performance from Alistair & Lyndsay McCulloch
8.30pm - Clann An Drumma
9pm - Burns Ranting, History & Poetry from Cameron Bell
9.45pm - Live Burns Music from Junkman's Choir
10.45pm - The Burning of John Barleycorn
(programme subject to change)
Tours start at Burns Cottage and this special evening concludes with a finale burning of John Barleycorn to the sound of tribal drums! (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Gardens 10.45pm)
Burns Cottage will be open for those who wish to wander through but please note this is a small space so please do not overcrowd.
There is parking at both The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Belleisle Park. There is also some disabled parking at Burns Cottage. A free mini shuttlebus shall run between Belleisle Park / Burns Cottage and RBBM throughout the evening. Approximate times are as follows -
Departing Burns Museum - half past every hour from 5.30pm to 11.30pm
Departing Burns Cottage - ten and forty minutes past every hour from 5.10pm to 11.40pm
Departing Belleisle Park - on the hour between 6pm and 11pm
(Note this is a guide only)
NB - Due to the nature of the event there will be some restricted street lighting in place. Please take extra care when moving between areas and crossing roads.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - 01292 288235 OR VIA www.ayrgaiety.co.uk