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Arrowtown Burns Supper






Arrowtown, Queenstown

Local Scot Chris Hutton is hosting his first Burns night in Arrowtown this January 22nd.

Burns Night marks the anniversary of the poet Robert Burns’ birth, one of the most famous and celebrated Scots. Given that Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759, Burns Night takes place on 25th January each year. Many mark the occasion by going to a Burns supper

What happens at a Burns Supper?

Everyone enjoys a hearty Burns Night meal (which includes haggis, neeps and tatties, rounded off with drams of whisky), some of Burns’ poems and songs are recited and tributes are made to the great Bard.

To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
The meal – A starter is served, then the main course of haggis is piped in, the host performs the famous Burns Night haggis poem “Address to a Haggis” everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert.
After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed after Burns Night food, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.

A traditional Celidh band often perform and everyone is led by a caller being instructed how to dance together ( variety of Scottish Country dancing ) which often gets rather lively!

To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks and everyone sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands


Volunteers are required to join the team in the Arrowtown hall before the event on the Friday afternoon and Saturday setting the tables, decorations and assist with welcoming and seating guests and helping the busiest times whilst serving food and clearing tables / chairs. Some general clearing up will also be required at the end of the evening.

Lunch/ snacks and on the night of the event, an evening meal and taxi home will be provided. It should be an interesting entertaining evening, especially you have never been to a Burns supper & Ceilidh! Volunteers will have plenty of time off to enjoy the main fun on the evening itself.

Volunteers should be over 18 with a COVID 19 vaccination pass.
Volunteers should also be friendly, presentable and happy to muck in.

Time commitment

Volunteers are required on the afternoon prior to event day, Friday 21st January and on event day Saturday January 22nd, ideally until the end of the supper - around midnight, however if you can only help for part of the time please do get in touch still.

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