Gin Festival returning to Ipswich this summer

Glass of gin tonic with lemon. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Glass of gin tonic with lemon. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

After a successful first event in 2017, a festival dedicated to gin is coming back to Suffolk.

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich.
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Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Gin lovers rejoice. Following a successful first event last summer, Gin Festival is returning to Ipswich, bringing the nation’s favourite spirit to the town in June.

The gin tour begins next month in London, travelling around the country and landing at Ipswich Town Hall between Friday, June 1, and Sunday, June 3.

The festival visited the Town Hall for the first time last year, where around 3,000 visitors were estimated to have enjoyed a tipple or two.

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich.
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Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Drinkers can expect different gin ‘zones’, lively bars, a creative cocktail bar and lots more at the event, which will have both evening and afternoon sessions.

On arrival you’ll be given your own Copa glass and a pocket-sized brochure to guide you through the festival of artisanal craft gin distillers and contemporary brands, with something for every palate – from juniper-dense, to lusciously citrusy.

A clever new cashless system means you can head straight to the bar, with the option to top up your credit pre-event, with £5 bonus credit when you top up with £25 or over.

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich.
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Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant


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Most G&Ts will be priced at £5, with mixers coming from the brand new Schweppes 1783 range, with flavours including Cucumber, Salty Lemon and Floral.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 1, with prices starting at £10 per person. Entry is for over 18s only and ID will be required.

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It’s an adult-only event with no babies or children allowed.

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich.
Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHO

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “We are pleased to welcome this event back to Ipswich town centre. It was a great success last year and we look forward to another popular three day festival in the summer.”

It follows the news that the Prosecco Festival, which also came to Ipswich for the first time last year, will return to Ipswich Town hall in March.

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich.
Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHO

Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

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