Gin Festival 2024
A Gin Festival set in the stunning surroundings of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS
- Next Event
- 15th June 2024 12:00pm
- Event Finishes
- 15th June 2024 10:00pm
About this event
The Gin to My Tonic are uniting hundreds of different craft gins and spirits for a Gin Festival at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
The festival aim is to celebrate and raise awareness of fabulous craft gins, spirits and distillers, introduce you to new gins, rums and vodkas you may not have discovered before, and let you enjoy tasting samples as part of your tickets from an array on onsite craft distillers all excited to meet with you.INDOOR & OUTDOOR SPACE
In 2024 we are delighted to be using both the indoor and outdoor space of St Edmundsbury Cathedral - with our craft distillers located on the outside lawn and our bars and music in the Great Nave.
MEET NEW DISTILLERS
Sampling is all part of the fun, so expect new faces next year! We are proud to work with more distillers than any other festival showcasing a variety of uniquely influenced spirits.
NEW LOOK GLASS!
We'll be introducing a new look glass as part of 2024 tickets - along with some exciting new items as part of your ticket to help you remember your time with us.
NEW SPIRITS, INCLUDING NON-ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS
We continue to revamp our bars with tantalising new creations. Expect new and exclusive releases, from Gin, Rum and Vodka, to Cocktails, Beer & Prosecco. We've even added a Zero / Low Alcohol Menu!
FIRST RELEASE TICKETS ONLY £11.00 (USUALLY £17.50 STANDARD OR £20.00 LAST MINUTE) INCLUDES:
New-Look Glass & Tote Bag
Stainless-Steel Straw & Stainless-Steel Sampling Cup
Extensively Stocked Spirit Bars with 35ml Measures (as opposed to the standard 25ml)
NEW! Prosecco & Beer
Exclusive Gin & Rum Releases
Free Sampling From Onsite Craft Distillers
Access to Hot & Cold Food
Saturday 15th June 2024 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 15th June 2024 6.00pm - 10.00pm
About the Venue
For over 1,000 years, the site of Suffolk ’s Cathedral has been one of worship and pilgrimage.
The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains. St James’s Church was built within the precincts of the Abbey, becoming a Cathedral in 1914. The Cathedral building has continued to develop over recent years with the addition of the Millennium Tower, completed in 2005, and its magnificent painted and gilded vault, added in 2010. In 2009 the Cathedral changed its dedication to become the Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund.
Visitors are welcome to look around the Cathedral on their own. Entry is free but donations gratefully received. A free introductory leaflet is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Polish. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of the daily services.
Guided Tours of the Cathedral run Monday to Saturday at 11am from the font from April to October. Tickets can be purchased at the Cathedral Shop. Occasionally a tour may have to be cancelled if another event is taking place in the Cathedral. If you are travelling some distance, please do ring the Cathedral office to check. These tours last approx 1 hour and cost £6 per person (under 16s free).
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Tower Tours - Experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of St Edmundsbury Cathedral's Millennium Tower with fun and knowledgeable guides. Explore heady heights with amazing views from the top of the tower, the highest point in Bury St Edmunds! Don’t forget your camera!
St Edmund Statue by Dame Elisabeth Frink - A trip to Bury St Edmunds would not be complete without a photo of the iconic St Edmund statue by Dame Elisabeth Frink. The statue can be found outside in the Great Churchyard of the Cathedral.
Cathedral Lego Project - St Edmundsbury Cathedral has launched an ambitious project to recreate the Cathedral out of 200,000 LEGO bricks! Visitors can see the Lego Cathedral being built before their eyes and donate a brick to be part of this amazing project. The Lego Cathedral is located in the South West corner of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Opening times may vary based on volunteer availability.
The Ancient Library - The Ancient Library was founded by Dr Miles Mosse in 1595 as a resource for clergy training. There are over 550 books, mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The library, in a room over the north-west porch designed by Stephen Dykes Bower in 1960, has bookcases made by Leonard Goff in 2004. If you would like to visit the library, please contact the librarian through the Cathedral Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01284 748730.
Pilgrim's Kitchen - after touring the Cathedral why not relax with a cuppa at the Cathedral's cafe?