Come and join us here at Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery for a multi award-winning gin experience you’ll never forget!
Upon your arrival, we'll greet you with a Hotham’s Gin and Tonic. You'll join a group of other gin lovers, in our purpose-built Distilling Room.
You’ll smell and taste amazing botanicals, and choose the ones you like best for your own gin. Our distiller will advise you on the quantities required, and you’ll soon have a balanced recipe ready.
You'll learn about the distillation process whilst you enjoy a gin cocktail and we'll encourage you to taste your gin as it distils and your botanicals release their delicious flavours.
We'll talk to you about the history and characteristics of gin, and you'll hear about the Hotham’s brand - our history, and a little about Lord Hotham himself. You'll have plenty of time to try our gins, distilled right here in the Distillery - Hotham’s Original Gin, and Hotham’s Cardamom Gin.
Finally, you'll bottle, name and label your unique gin before wax dipping the stopper to seal the bottle, and finally stamping it with the Hotham's seal of approval.
Don't forget to take graduation photos before you leave Gin School!
You can also rest assured that once you've finished enjoying it, you can buy another bottle - just order online and our distiller will recreate your recipe and deliver a new bottle of your gin, straight to your door.
Do I really get to drink gin at School?
Absolutely! You will get to sample our Hotham's Gin, distilled on site; so please try and avoid a cheeky pre-drink before you come along to School - you will be operating a very hot still and we want you to enjoy the event safely.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, it’s a great experience to share. One ticket covers the main guest and the bottle of spirit that you will make. You can bring one guest for a little extra on the ticket price, and don't panic, they will get their own G&Ts, so you don't have to share yours! Just add a guest when you check out. We can only cater for two people per still and per bottle of gin distilled. If you want to book for your party, please contact us and we can arrange a private hire of the Gin School for you and your friends.
How long Should I allow for the experience?
Please allow 4 hours for the experience. We recommend eating first and not driving!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
By law you must be 18 or over to participate. We have a Challenge 25 policy, so if you are lucky enough to look under 25 or are under 25, please bring ID with you. This is a really important condition of our licence to run the Gin School. We're sorry, but without ID we may have to refuse you on the day, and neither of us wants that!
How do I redeem a Virgin Experiences Gift Voucher?
Please contact us to redeem a Virgin Experience Voucher. We will need the voucher number and PIN along with your name and email address. We will then contact Virgin Experiences and send you back a voucher code to use with our booking system.
Can I bring the kids along?
All participants must be 18 or over. We are sorry, but due to licensing restrictions, this is one School that children under the age of 18 are not allowed to attend.
Do you have accessible toilets?
Our distillery is on the second flood of a grade two listed former bank, built in 1879 and therefore is not as accessible as we would like. We do have a small lift and accessible toilets, but please check with with us first to ensure that the lift is large enough for you requirements.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the School?
We are in the 'Old Town', so there is easy access from the busses and taxi drop off point in Alfred Gelder Street. We are also within walking distance of the train and bus station. We recommend not driving to the event so that you can fully enjoy sampling our wonderful spirits, and you can sample your own rum as you distil it. However, we do have a range of non-alcoholic drinks for drivers. However, we do have a range of non-alcoholic drinks for drivers. Remember, we can also help you to make a non-alcoholic spirit if you would prefer. Please let us know in advance if you would like this option.
Do you do Gift Vouchers?
Great idea - Gin School tickets make excellent gifts and we also offer Gift Vouchers for sale.
If you have been lucky enough to have received one of our vouchers, you can redeem it here: Redeem a voucher
I'm always hungry - will you feed me?
No - sorry, we don't serve food. We might be able to wrestle you some crisps from Emma's lunch box, but that's about it. However, there are loads of fantastic independent restaurants and cafes in the area for you to enjoy.
I have food allergies - can you cope with that?
Are you kidding? Have you met Simon, our co-founder? You can compare notes!
We absolutely can help here. We have lots of experience with food allergies and can cater for these. More info can be found here: Allergen Declaration
What's the refund policy?
Bookings can not be amended within 7 days of your chosen date. Should you need to move your booking please contact us at least 8 days prior.
I still (still - see what I've done there?) have a question for you, such as: how can I contact you with any questions?
Email or call us and we will answer your questions as soon as we are able. See our contact us page for more details.