Frequently asked questions
Do I really get to drink gin at School?
Absolutely! You will get to sample our Hotham's Gin, distilled on site; so please try and avoid a cheeky pre-drink before you come along to School - you will be operating a very hot still and we want you to enjoy the event safely.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, it’s a great experience to share. One ticket covers the main guest and the bottle of spirit that you will make. You can bring one guest for a little extra on the ticket price, and don't panic, they will get their own G&Ts, so you don't have to share yours!
Just add a guest when you check out.
We can only cater for two people per still and per bottle of gin distilled.
If you want to book for your party, please contact us and we can arrange a private hire of the Gin School for you and your friends.
How long should I allow for the experience?
Please allow 4 hours for the experience. We recommend eating first and not driving!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
By law you must be 18 or over to participate.
We have a Challenge 25 policy, so if you are lucky enough to look under 25 or are under 25, please bring ID with you.
This is a really important condition of our licence to run the Gin School.
We're sorry, but without ID we may have to refuse you on the day, and neither of us wants that!
Can I bring the kids along
All participants must be 18 or over.
We are sorry, but due to licensing restrictions, this is one School that children under the age of 18 are not allowed to attend.
Do you have accessible toilets?
Sadly we don't but we are working on it, and making arrangement to have one installed.
It's really important to us that the Gin School is accessible to all. Please see our accessibility page for more info.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the School?
We are on Eastgate so there is easy access from the train station (11 minutes walk) and bus station (4 minutes walk) and adjacent taxi rank.
We recommend not driving to the event so that you can fully enjoy sampling our wonderful gins, and you can sample your own gin as you distil it.
However, we do have a range of non-alcoholic drinks for drivers. Remember, we can also help you to make a non-alcoholic spirit if you would prefer. Please let us know in advance if you would like this option.
Do you do Gift Vouchers?
Great idea - Gin School tickets make excellent gifts and we also offer Gift Vouchers for sale here: https://www.hothams.co.uk/products/gin-school-gift-vouchers
I'm always hungry - will you feed me?
No - sorry, we don't serve food. However, there are loads of fantastic independent restaurants and cafes in the area for you to enjoy.
I have food allergies - can you cope with that?
Are you kidding? Have you met Simon, our co-founder? You can compare notes!
We absolutely can help here. We have lots of experience with food allergies and can cater for these. More info can be found here: Allergen Declaration
What's the refund policy?
All ticket sales are transferable exchangeable with 14 days notice.
They cannot be cancelled within 8 days of the event.
I still (still - see what I've done there?) have a question for you, such as: how can I contact you with any questions?
Email or call us and we will answer your questions as soon as we are able.
See our contact us page for more details.
How much gin will I make?
You'll distil 70cl of Gin of about 42% ABV