Come and join us here at Hotham’s Rum School for a rum experience you’ll never forget
Upon your arrival, we'll greet you with a Hotham’s Spiced Rum cocktail. You'll join a group of other rum lovers, in our purpose-built Distilling Room.
You’ll smell and taste amazing spices, and choose the ones you like best for your own spiced rum. 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 rum cocktail and we'll encourage you to taste your spice blend as it distils and your spices release their delicious flavours.
We'll talk to you about the history and characteristics of rum, 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 the very best rums, including our very own Hotham’s Spiced Rum.
Finally, you'll bottle, name and label your unique spiced rum 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 Rum 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 spiced rum, straight to your door.
Do I really get to drink rum at School?
Absolutely! You will get to sample our Hotham's rum, 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 cocktails, 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 rum distilled. If you want to book for your party, please contact us and we can arrange a private hire of the School for you and your friends.
How long Should I allow for the experience?
Please allow 3 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 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?
Currently we do not accept third party vouchers for Rum School.
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.
Do you do Gift Vouchers?
Gin School and Rum School tickets make excellent gifts and we also offer Gift Vouchers for sale. We accept Hotham's Gin School Vouchers for Rum School but currently don't sell Rum School Vouchers.
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?
Should you need to change your booking a £35 administration charge is payable, tickets may be exchanged for gift vouchers to be redeemed at a later date.
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.