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Adult Museum Late: Burns Night

Adult Museum Late Night!
A ceilidh
  • 25 Jan 2024 View Dates & Times

    The expected runtime of this event is 210 minutes

  • The Woodshed
  • Performances
  • Adults
  • £25 Per Person

A Burns Night with a difference featuring Creation Theatre, a ceilidh, exclusive after-hours access to the Museum Galleries - and, of course, the address to a Haggis, complete with piper!

Celebrating the legacy of Robert Burns, Scotting Literary Hero, this special museum late event features a packed programme.

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Whispering Wood with the legend of Tam O’Shanter. Read by the award-winning Creation Theatre, the dramatic poem about the troublesome farmer and a coven of witches is considered to be Burns finest poem.

Get your Ceilidh on in the Woodshed with the wonderful Sawney Bird and Fletcher. A ceilidh is a party, and this party is going to have lots of dancing! Expect top tunes on fiddle, mouthorgan and guitar, and perhaps a few on bagpipes, too! The caller will explain all the dances, and remind you of the steps as the music plays - so this is an ideal event to come to if you're new to ceilidh dancing. You can enjoy some of the classic Scottish dances like the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow.

Meanwhile join us in the Magic Common room for a Burns inspired poetry celebration. David Bramwell will share his appreciation of Ivor Cutler: the Scottish Poet Who Never Grew Up. Ivor Cutler was a poet, musician, humorist, Dadaist performer, fresh-air fiend, John Peel favourite, Beatles collaborator and collector of ivory cutlery. His unique body of work spans six decades. David Bramwell first encountered the strange brilliance of Ivor's work in Oxford decades ago and was hooked. Peppered with audio samples and stories this talk celebrates Ivor’s life and work and tells the unlikely story of how David came to make a BBC radio programme for Ivor’s 90th birthday which led to a very special Burns Night celebration.

Local Oxford residents Richard Hadfield and Jane Gallagher give an insight into hosting an Alternative Burns Night. Jane left her home city of Glasgow and came to Oxford. She craved a Burns Night and over the years, with her husband Dips (from Hertfordshire not Scotland), has honed an alternative homage to the traditional Burns Night, including a recital of the worst example of poetry in British literature, the creation of home grown-poems, and of course, some iPad bagpipes. Jane and Dips will inform and entertain - and maybe sow some seeds of ideas for your own future Burns Nights!

Peter Street from Oxford Caledonian Pipe band will accompany the Address to a Haggis, the famous poem which celebrates Burns love for the humble delicacy. Your ticket price will include 2 haggis canapes so you can join in the dedication (available between 19.45-21.00 only).

Tickets include exclusive all-evening access to the museum galleries.

The café will be serving small bites between 19.30-21.30 and the bar will be open until 22.00.


Whispering Wood

The Legend of Tam O’Shanter

The Woodshed

Ceilidh with Sawney Bird & Fletcher

Magic Common Room

Poetry Celebration

The Courtyard

Caledonian Piper & Address to the Haggis









Ivor Cutler: the Scottish Poet Who Never Grew Up an appreciation by David Bramwell 19.30 & 21.00

The Alternative Burns Night 20.15 & 21.30

Poetry Prompt table all evening

20.00-20.15 & 20.45-21.00

Please note timings may change slightly and a final schedule will be available on the night.

Last entry is 21.00.

For adults aged 16+

Tickets: £25/£12.50 for students

Please be aware that age ID will be required at the Bar.

  • 25 Jan 2024 View Dates & Times

    The expected runtime of this event is 210 minutes

  • The Woodshed
  • Performances
  • Adults
  • £25 Per Person

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