The Castle at Edgehill hosts its first gin festival
May 19, 2022

You may remember me telling you late last year about a brand new gin school for Warwickshire, launched by The Castle at Edgehill along with Pinnock Distillery.

In case you didn’t know, The Castle Gin School is up and running, attracting gin lovers from all over the place and is now about to host about its first gin festival, bringing together gin brands from across Warwickshire July 2nd for a fabulous day of fun.

Gin and tonic

The new event, hosted by The Castle, will have G&Ts to sample, as well as live music and food in the gardens, which overlook the historic Edgehill battlefields. There will also be the opportunity to join guided tours of The Castle’s new micro- distillery and gin school, run by Pinnock Distillery.

As well as Pinnock, the range of gins available on the day includes: Warwickshire Gin Company and Newbold Spirit, both in Leamington and Rugby Distillery.

Dan Beckett, from Pinnock Distillery, said: “It’s been a busy start for the gin school here at The Castle so we wanted to extend our celebration of this fabulous drink by inviting other producers to join us to showcase their brands. It is set to be a great event and we hope to see as many people there as possible, especially if the weather’s kind to us.”

Tickets, which are £20pp, include a G&T on arrival and food token as well as a free gin balloon glass to take home.

Castle Edgehill

Mark Higgs, founder of The Free Spirit Pub Company, which owns the Castle, said: “Here at The Castle we are looking forward to launching our first Gin Festival to celebrate the launch of our nano distillery and gin school. We have handpicked a small selection of local artisan producers, selected some great live music and of course some delicious food.

“It’s the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the gardens with a beautiful view, great gins, entertainment and great company.”

Gin School

The other producers involved in the festival are all happy to be on board and are looking forward to showcasing their offering.

Dave Blick, director of Warwickshire Gin Company, whose five exclusive gins celebrates the county, said: “It’s great being able to get out to events, giving tasters and talking about our exciting dry gin flavour profiles. It’s been a tough few years for everyone so this is very exciting!”

Richard Wilson, from Rugby Distillery – which offers a range of gins inspired by the town and the game that was born there, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved at the Gin Festival at The Castle at Edgehill. To have our gins featured alongside some of the great gins from our area at such a great venue that is offering a brilliant gin school is a real highlight.”

Victoria Black, whose award-winning Newbold Spirit is a collection of small-batch gins – and rums – that reflect the flavours that she wanted to drink herself, said  “Warwickshire has an amazing artisan food and drink culture which will be highlighted by Dan and his team at the festival. It’s going to be great fun – all we need now is a bit of sunshine!”

Tickets to the Gin Festival, which runs from 2-9pm, are available through Eventbrite here.