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( Charity Number SC 043931 )

The Friends of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offer practical support to the museum and arrange events for volunteers who support the property.

The programme for 2023 is given below.

For further information on our events, please contact our Chairperson, Alison Wilson, Email info@friendsofrbbm.org.uk.

All events are free to attend though any donations are welcome. These are used solely for the upkeep and development of The Bachelors Club.

Book Club.
The Burns Birthday Book Club takes place the last Tuesday of every month at 2pm in the Education Pavilion at Burns Cottage. The books are supplied on loan by the local library. New members are always welcomed. Tea, coffee, and cake provided.
Craft Activities.
During the Summer holidays volunteers run traditional craft activities involving families and children in the workshops. These include ink making, bannock making, fabric dying, weaving, and run making.
This year, the Friends are running wool spinning and weaving workshops every Thursday from 11am to 1pm in the Temporary Gallery of the Museum. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch or practise wool fibre being spun and the variety of crafts that can be made with it. There are small looms ready for children and adults who want to give it a go.
Debate Nights.
It was at the Bachelors Club at Tarbolton where Robert Burns learned to dance, launched the debating club and became a Freemason.
Turning the clock back to the year 1780 when Robert Burns launched the debating club, on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7.00pm, we will have a Debate Night with one subtle difference: it will be open for all to enjoy.
Saturday 3 September 2023, 2pm 5pm.
Summer Picnic with the Musical Friends Band at the New Gardens field at Burns Cottage.
Join the Friends for a relaxed, fun, and sociable get together at what William Burns called "New Gardens".
Entertainment will be provided by John Rattenbury's band Musical Friends playing from the stage of the outdoor classroom.
Entry is free but please bring your own picnic, rug, or chairs. Friends and family are welcome but please remember they may have to pay to get in at the kiosk.
Email Alison Wilson to confirm your attendance.

Friends of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is a registered Scottish charity number SC043931.

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