Robbie Burns Day – January 25th

What are you doing to celebrate?Robert Burns Statue

There are many ways to rember & celebrate the life of the late poet in Victoria.

Did you know there is a statue of Robert Burns in Beacon Hill Park?  It’s near the petting zoo!  On Saturday, Jan. 31 a ceremony with bagpipes will be held at 2 p.m. at the statue to celebrate Burns’ birthday.  A tea and concert follow at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church hall, 680 Courtney St. at 2:30 p.m. The concert will include Scottish country and highland dancing and the Victoria Gaelic Choir. Admission is by donation.

Two other celebrations have been held to mark Robert Burns’ birthday, but there are additional opportunities to raise a glass to the Scottish poet are available in the coming days.

Craigdarroch Castle features its 13th annual Burns tribute on Saturday (Jan. 23). Open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the castle features a musical quartet and the piping in of the haggis at noon.  For more details on this event click here.

Esquimalt Legion will host a Robbie Burns Day on Sunday (Jan. 24, 2 p.m.) featuring the Bonaccord Highland Dancers, ukulele musicians and the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums.  Admission to Esquimalt Legion’s celebration is $12.

Over at the Penny Farthing Pub on Oak Bay Avenue, the haggis will be piped in at 6 p.m. Monday (Jan. 25).

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