Home to award-winning artisan drinks producer, Manchester Gin, The Spirit of Manchester Distillery is now taking May Bank Holiday bookings welcoming the start of a new term for its much-loved Gin School.

Rated the ‘Number One Thing to Do in Manchester’ on Trip Advisor, like regular schools across the country, The Spirit of Manchester Distillery had to switch to home-schooling during lockdown and hosted virtual tastings for gin-lovers to enjoy, even breaking a World Record for the World’s Biggest Virtual Gin Tasting. 

Now the Prime Minister has announced a roadmap back to normality, the distillery is thrilled to welcome Mancunians and gin fanatics back in the classroom for its immersive sessions and to enjoy a G&T or two. 

Reopening from the 20th May and available every week, from Thursday to Sunday, the first available slots have been offered to those who had to rearrange bookings due to lockdown, The Spirit of Manchester Distillery is now opening bookings back up to the public for a range of different packages for its visitors to enjoy.

Pop down for a Distillery Tour and Guided Gin Tasting, priced at £20 per person for a 45 minute to one-hour session, and get lost in the world of Manchester Gin with a full tour of the distillery. See your favourite tipples being created and learn about the gin-making process all with a G&T in hand- and put your palate to the test by sampling Manchester Gin’s award-winning range in a guided tasting. 

Or why not see if you’ve got what it takes to become a Master Distiller with the Gin Making Experience. The two-and-a-half to three-hour session, priced at £85 per person, includes all the perks of the Distillery Tour and Guided Tasting, followed by a guided session in the distillery’s state-of-the-art Gin School. Explore the vast array of botanicals to create your own unique flavoured gin, bottle it in Manchester Gin’s iconic glass hexagon bottle and take your fabulous creation home.

Planning a post-lockdown date night? Book in for Gin Making for Two. Available on Thursdays and Sundays for £125 for two, partner up and enjoy everything the distillery and Gin School has to offer, but work as a team and create one bottle of gin to take home and enjoy. 

Manchester Gin co-founder and Master Distiller, Seb Heeley, said: “The Spirit of Manchester Distillery Gin School is one of our proudest achievements. Gin-lovers don’t just travel from across the city, but across the country, to come and try their hand distilling an incredible tasting gin.

“These past 12 months our distillery has looked much different to how our customers will remember. Our gin production switched to making hand sanitiser to support front-line workers at the neighbouring NHS Nightingale North West Hospital and our popular tastings had to take place virtually - a very different year to what we originally planned. We can’t wait to get back in the room with gin lovers and raise a glass to coming through the other side.”