Every year on the 25th of January, people all over the world gather to celebrate the famous poet and Scottish native, Robert Burns. It all started when his friends gathered five years after his death to remember him and his poetry.
Since then, those who celebrate take part in a Burns Supper and drink to honour him. If you’re brave enough to try it, we have a baked haggis recipe to be enjoyed with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), along with some fun family-friendly ideas everyone can enjoy.
Family-friendly Ideas to Celebrate
We’ve put together a list of fun ideas you can do as a family to celebrate Burns Night.
- Paint the Scottish Flag and decorate your house or table with them
- Take turns reading lines from a famous Robert Burns’ poem.
We love his poem, ‘A Red, Red Rose’:
O my luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonny lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun
O I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run:
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
- Get the kids to draw a bagpiper and colour them in
- Try writing your own Burns’ Night acrostic poem together. The first letter of each line must spell out ‘Burns Night’. Below is an example we created that you can finish off:
Bagpipes play a bonnie tune
Under a round full moon
Red, red roses bloom
Neeps and tatties for our tea
Scotland we will toast with whiskey
If you and your family are brave enough, why not trying eating haggis. This traditional Scottish meat pudding is light, savoury and full of flavour. Perfect for pairing with delicious turnip and potatoes.
Baked Haggis Recipe:
Serves 8 people
Ready in 1 hour
All you need is 450g of haggis, which you can buy from a supermarket.
Simply remove the outer packaging and prick the haggis with a fork. Wrap in foil like a baked potatoes and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
To serve, split the haggis open with a sharp knife and spoon the contents over neeps and tatties.
Neeps and Tatties Recipe:
If you want to eat your haggis with the traditional side dish, simply follow the recipe below.
- 450g potatoes
- 400g turnips or swedes
- 100g unsalted butter
- 8 spring onions
- 30ml double cream
Peel and quarter the potatoes and turnips.
Cook the turnips and the potatoes in separate pans of boiling salted water for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Then drain separately.
Return the turnips to the pan, add half the butter and mash. Keep them chunky and season to taste. Once done, cover to keep warm.
Trim and roughly chop the spring onions. Melt the remaining butter in the potato pan, add the spring onions and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and mash until quite smooth, season to taste. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.