For many years, Wiston Lodge has been hosting Burns nights that are very different, with an informality underscoring the real quality of the entertainment and the food. I have participated in a few, and always had a great time.
I would recommend arriving at the Edwardian Lodge in time for a walk amongst its trees and fields before night fall – the deep, country, starred darkness can help you leave the hectic life behind as you come indoors and settle down by a log fire.
This year, the Burns supper is part of a weekend writing workshop led by Gerry Loose who will propose the Immortal Memory. As usual, the meal with the traditional address to the Haggis, toasts, songs and recitations will be followed by dancing in the Big Lounge.Musicians of a high calibre contribute every year, and if you play an instrument, bring it along for the ceilidh.
The weekend of writing is intended for all ages and stages, led by Gerry Loose, “slow moving nomad, poet, writer and land-artist who works with subjects from the natural world” and is set in the magnificent location of Wiston Lodge. As a weekend away, it offers great value for money and you will have the warm glow of knowing that you are contributing to the life of a great project. I notice from the 2013 invitation to the Burns Supper that the price for that has remained the same for a few years! Note the dates are different, this year it’s Saturday 24th at 6.00pm
I hope that you will be able to be part of this new venture, part of new Tinto Music and Arts, and that if you can’t manage the whole weekend but would like to come to the Burns Supper, that you will contact the Lodge and book early, especially if you want to sty over and have breakfast.
There will be camping space for those hardy enough!
Here are links to Wiston Lodge, with details of the events, and also for Gerry’s website.