Every January the region hosts a festival like no other. Big Burns Supper. Held over 11 days across a whole host of different venues. From taverns to pop up villages, this festival offers everything from family-friendly shows to risque performances.
The festival was born out of the celebration of the regions much beloved Bard Robert Burns. Or Rabbie Burns to the locals. And without any further excuse for a grand party to be thrown, Big Burns Supper was born. Now in its 7th year, it keeps on getting bigger and better. Adding new acts and becoming a celebration as much about the diversity of people as Rabbie himself.
With 8 different venues, all holding a range of different events you will have as much fun exploring Dumfries as you will taking in the shows.
The hub for the biggest and most popular performances are held in the specially constructed Spiegeltent. With a capacity of up to 800 people, this venue is set just across from the River Nith on the Whitesands. The Spiegeltent becomes the centre stage for a whole host of international names. Just down the street, you will find a cosy pub The Coach and Horses where live music is always playing and a friendly atmosphere is always found. One of the oldest theatres in Scotland is also part of the festivities. The Theatre Royal will be a hive of local and international performances. As well as these there is the local Gracefield Arts Museum, Robert Burns Film Theatre, The Stove, Troqueer Arms and Ellisland Farm (where Robert Burns lived) all taking part.
No matter your taste in art, music or live performances you will not be disappointed. The genres fall across Cabaret, comedy, dance, family, film, magic, music, storytelling, talks and theatre. In total there are over 100 performances all taking place in the 11 days. Turning Dumfries into a magically weird and wonderful place to be. If you want to see the full line-up of shows available check out the Big Burns Supper website where you can browse categories, shows and book your tickets.
KT Tunstall will be headlining the Big Burns Supper Live event held on Burns Night (25th). An amazing musical talent, KT is the music event to see. And without doubt, will help celebrate Burns Night with no limits on her performance.
Le Haggis will explode into centre stage of the Spiegeltent with its now international show. Le Haggis combines risque burlesque with a combination of folk music to create an absolutely spellbinding show that will stay with you throughout the years.
The BBC comedy genius Ed Bryne will be headlining in the Spiegeltent on the 1st of February. With his TV work making him a household name and his live comedy amassing a legion of fans, Ed is definitely an act that is not to be missed.
There’s so much more to see than what can be mentioned here so make sure you check out the full range of artists on the Big Burns Supper website. And with Christmas just around the corner, why not give the gift of a show this year? The perfect present for anyone. We also still have limited availability over the festival period, so if you want to return from a fantastic show to one of our beautiful properties, get your bookings in now.