Background and Sponsors
The Burns an' a' that Festival! is proud to celebrate its twelfth anniversary year in Ayrshire in 2013.
Ayrshire is of course home to Robert Burns and boasts the brand new state of the art Robert Burns Birthplace Museum as well as many other attractions from world class golf courses to historic castles, a stunning coastline and so much more.
The Burns an' a' that Festival is at the core of an annual events and festivals programme that also includes Alloway 1759, a unique commemoration of the birthplace and life of Robert Burns, that takes place around his birthday in January each year.
It has also encouraged and developed a fringe programme of events from comedy to culture, food & drink to fun and games, visual and performance arts plus many more activities for adults and children alike. The festival also created the prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, presented annually to a group or individual who has helped to improve or enrich the lives of others.
Over the years the Burns an' a' that! Festival! has played host to a number of stars including Jools Holland, Katherine Jenkins, Julian Cope, Frankie Boyle and Status Quo, to name but a few.
From its original home of Ayr Town Hall the festival then travelled outdoors to Wellington Square Gardens and for years delighted audiences at open air concerts and in the visually stunning spiegeltent. Other grand venues also became centre stage of the festival including gala concerts at Culzean Castle and Turnberry and the memorable Rock at the Racecourse.
Burns an' a' that Festival! continues to be supported by South Ayrshire Council and Visit Scotland as a major festival date in Scotland's event calendar.
In 2013 The Burns Festival is proud to work in association with UZ Arts, a Scottish charity that develops, commissions, produces and distributes the work of artists in all art forms. Building on a history of producing festivals and events in a wide range of territories, UZ supports innovators across art forms, across borders and outside conventional venues.
The last twelve years have seen many changes but the heart of the Festival will always be about our very own Robert Burns. An inspiration to millions worldwide we are proud to celebrate the man, his music, his legacy...
Stobbs the Baker
Stobbs the Baker has been delivering craft baking at its best since 1960. All our bakery produce is baked fresh every day and our cakes are hand made and hand finished. We are a quality wholesaler and retailer of fresh morning rolls, potato scones, scones, cakes, pies and sausage rolls. You can find us at various locations in Ayr as well as Drongan, Coylton, Dalmellington, Patna and Dalrymple plus visit our Burns an' a' that! Festival stall!
Ayrshire Cancer Support
Ayrshire Cancer Support has operated in Ayrshire since 1982 and provides emotional support and practical help for cancer patients, their families, carers and the bereaved. Our Patient Transport Service is staffed by volunteer drivers who use their own cars to accompany patients to hospital. This service is especially useful for patients who feel unwell, those living in rural areas, the elderly and parents taking their children for treatment. Our Cancer Support Centres in Ayr and Kilmarnock offer a wide range of services, including counselling, support groups and complementary therapies, in a caring and supportive environment.
Costley and Costley
Costley and Costley Hoteliers, a family run business, was founded in 1988 and symbolises the finest in Ayrshire hospitality. Our nine unique venues, set in stunning Ayrshire locations, from our flagship Lochgreen House Hotel to our latest venture Costley's Patisserie & Chocolatier in Prestwick, where we create our own hand-made chocolates and Artisan ice cream.
We endeavour to live by our motto "in the Pursuit of Excellence".