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Raise a glass for World Gin Day with these experiences across Britain

Wednesday 12 Apr, 2017


Saturday June 10 is World Gin Day and there's no better place to celebrate it than Britain, where the drink's history stretches back to the 17th century.

A recent resurgence in the spirit's popularity has seen a boom in the number of artisanal distilleries across the country, and in the range of experiences on offer to gin aficionados. From hopping on a gin cruise in Dorset to going back to school in Leicester, here are some of the best ways for you to be part of the British gin renaissance.

Gin tasting cruises, Poole, south-west England
Raising the bar for gin experiences across the land (and sea) is the brilliant Dorset Cruises, which has just launched gin tasting experiences aboard its vessel, Dorset Queen. The restored 1938 motor yacht has capacity for up to 97 passengers and a fully licensed bar. Choose the artisan gin cruise to try a range of different gins and cocktails, or the Conker cruise, with drinks from Conker Spirit, Dorset's first gin distillery. Single tickets start from £35 and include a three-hour vintage cruise, three handcrafted gin cocktails and canapes. Poole is in south-west England is a two-hour train journey from London.

Chauffeured gin journeys around Shoreditch, London
London's past with gin is as deeply infused as the botanicals themselves, and the Gin Journey offers the best way to delve deeper into its rich history with an in-depth, fact filled tour around east London's Shoreditch. The award-winning Gin Journey event includes five samples of gin, five cocktails (in five trendy Shoreditch venues), a distillery tour and a chauffeured driver to ferry you between all the locations. So you won't need to fret about wobbly gin legs...

Gin school with Burleighs Gin, Leicester, central England
School takes on a whole new meaning at 45 West Distillers, which offers its very own unique gin school, where you can learn the art of distilling. Located in the depths of Leicestershire's Charwood Forest, with state-of-the-art equipment, the classes involve picking between 120 botanical ingredients, distilling your creation using a handcrafted pot still, then bottling it, sealing it and taking it home. Classes run on Fridays and Saturdays. Leicester is in the East Midlands, and is an hour's train journey from London.

Speed gin tasting, London, 10 and 11 June 2017
Forget speed dating; it's speed tasting at the Junipalooza gin festival in London's Tobacco Docks. Running on the 10 and 11 June to coincide with World Gin Day, the Gin Foundry party kicks off on the Friday night with a speed tasting event where distillers and their gins will move from table to table sharing stories and gin samples. The £30 ticket includes as many gin samples as you fancy, talks, masterclasses and a cocktail bar. Among the collection, there'll be 100 gins from 40 different brands and if that's not quite enough, there will be a Gin Kiosk for shopping. 

Bombay Sapphire gin cocktail making, Hampshire, southern England
Hampshire is home to ‘the self-discovery experience' at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, where you can take a tour to see exactly how the world-famous Bombay Sapphire is made (and how it got its name). Post- tour, you'll get a cocktail masterclass with a gin expert to create your own Bombay Sapphire cocktail. Basingstoke in south England is a 45- minute train journey from London.

Britain's first gin hotel, London
For gin enthusiasts who like to go the extra mile, there's the newly-opened The Distillery on Portobello Road to stay the night in. The gin lovers' haven is spread across four floors and is home to two gin bars, stocking a huge range of gins (including the famous Portobello Road Gin) and the brilliant Ginstitute. Ginstitute is the hotel's gin museum and blending room, which runs masterclasses showing you how to make your own gin blend and learn the spirit's history. Wander around nearby Holland Park to blow away the cobwebs in the morning.

For more information contact:

  • VisitBritain Media Team

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Bombay Sapphire  - The Bombay Sapphire tropical glasshouse
Burleigh Gin - Burleigh gin bottle served with the Bees Knees cocktail
Burleighs gin - Two bottles of Burleighs Leicester Dry gin and a cocktail
Burleighs Gin  - A man looking in the Burleighs Gin distiller.
Dorset Gin Cruise - The Dorset Gin Cruise boat with a group of people enjoying the sun.
Dorset Gin Cruise - Dorset Gin Cruise boat cruising along the British coastline
The Distillery  - A Gin cocktail at the Distillery
Gin Lane - A gin poster of gin Lane from 1751
Bombay Sapphire Distillery - The Botanical Dry Room at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery
The Distillery - The hotel interior of the Distillery, Britain's first Gin hotel
The Distillery Gin Hotel  - The exterior of The Distillery Gin Hotel