Winchester and Gin: Chin Chin!

Pair historic Winchester with a cocktail mixology masterclass for a real win-win with your younger, more adventurous customers looking for experiences with a difference. The beautiful city of Winchester is a fabulous base for this exciting new tour, with plenty of history to soak up combined with quirky shops and trendy food and drink spots to explore. The fabulous Gothic Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, is an absolute must-see! But the real highlight of this tour is an interactive gin cocktail masterclass at the brilliant Bombay Sapphire Distillery – home of the famous gin and its distinctive blue bottles. Having seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, we’re all about celebrating this tasty tipple. Learn how to rustle up tempting gin cocktails while sipping on the good stuff along the way – it’s the perfect weekend tonic!


Mark says...
“This excellent hotel enjoys a lovely countryside location, yet is within easy reach of the medieval cities of Winchester and Salisbury, making it a good base from which to explore the area.”

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Experience: Winchester & Bombay Sapphire Gin Cocktail Masterclass
We start our day in the historic city of Winchester with some free time to explore our fabulous base for this tour. The city's major landmark is the striking Winchester Cathedral – one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral, it’s well worth a visit! The Cathedral, which has its roots in the seventh century, is home to some rare, precious and stunning items. Treasures include the beautiful, 17th century Morley Library, which boasts its original carved shelves and houses a collection of rare books bequeathed by Winchester’s Bishop Morley; the ancient, polished dark stone Tournai marble font, which features carvings of the miracles of St Nicholas, the children’s saint; and the Winchester Bible, the largest and perhaps finest of all surviving 12th century English bibles. Other highlights to see in the city include Winchester Castle’s Great Hall, which houses a museum of Winchester’s history; the ruins of Wolvesey Castle, also known as the Old Bishop's Palace; Winchester College, the oldest public school in the UK still using its original buildings; and the restored Winchester City Water Mill on the River Itchen. With a good dose of Winchester’s history under our belts, it’s time to let our hair down with an interactive session on cocktail culture at the fabulous Bombay Sapphire Distillery, located on the site of an historic paper mill in the glorious Hampshire countryside. Home to the world-famous Bombay Sapphire gin, we discover the history and production process of this distinctive tipple. Our Gin Cocktail Masterclass begins with a guided Discovery Experience, where we explore the distillery and discover the ten exotic botanicals infused into every drop of Bombay Sapphire Gin. Senses awakened, we then enjoy a complimentary cocktail in the Mill Bar before slipping into our mixologist roles. Hosted by Bombay Sapphire’s Gin Experts, we learn the tricks of the bar trade on a 1 hour interactive cocktail mixology session, learning how to craft two cocktails and sampling a Leggero Martini for good measure (no doubt with a good measure!). We leave with our new-found skills, ready to whip up delicious cocktails on demand. Please note, as the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is a working distillery, guests must wear suitable footwear (no high heels or open-toed shoes).

Day 3 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Norton Park Hotel

AAAA Collection Hotel Double for Single Occupancy Sitauted in Acres of Parkland
Norton Park is one of the finest hotels in Hampshire, set within its own 54 acres of parkland. All 166 bedrooms are elegant and contemporary in style with some rooms being accessed by a covered walkway. The warm and welcoming restaurant is located on the first floor and there is a stylish bar and lounge. Excellent leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There are also 10 spa treatment rooms (charges apply). • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Norton Park Hotel

Winchester, Hampshire
2 Nights Half Board
Twin from £184pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £50
Based on Friday arrivals

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Bombay Sapphire Distillery Gin Cocktail Masterclass
• Free use of hotel’s leisure facilities (indoor pool, sauna, steam room & gym)
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Prices starting from...

£184 for 3 days

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Features of this tour

• Weekend Winchester city break
• Free time for shopping and sightseeing
• Explore the stunning Gothic Winchester Cathedral
• Cocktail mixology masterclass
• Sample gin cocktails at Bombay Sapphire Distillery