Christmas bells are jingling on the horizon and party invitations are being prepped. But Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon is inviting you now to celebrate (and shop) at Judith’s School of Spirits and a new rum school, housed in the former home of Shakespeare’s daughter.
New Rum School at Judith’s
Once the home of William Shakespeare’s younger daughter, Judith, and her husband, Thomas, the historical timber-framed building in Stratford-upon-Avon is a gift shop and experience centre.
Beginning this month on the upper floors, the home will also be The Rum School, an absolute must-do (and super Christmas gift) for rum fans, and the only rum school in the Midlands, where you can distill your own concoction under the tutelage of experts.
Gifts of Experience
Making memories is always a great Christmas gift idea, especially for that person in your life who has everything! Shakespeare distillery offers numerous tasty ways to do just that. In addition to the new rum experience, you can also sign up for a distillery tour to a gin cruise to a masterclass in cocktail making, the list of experiences offered will make checking off your shopping list a whole lot easier.
The company have won gold and silver awards at the 2020 and 2022 West Midlands Tourism Awards for their destination distillery experiences. Gift vouchers are available too.
Christmas Parties & Shopping
No 1 High Street occupies a fantastic retail and iconic location right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town with 800+ years of history, though it’s most famous for most famous for being the birthplace and beloved home town of William Shakespeare. For visitors, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in town thanks to a diverse range of boutiques.
Or, stuff your stockings strait from the distillery with items such as personalised miniatures on their Stratford Dry, Rhubarb, Judith’s Pink Gin, Mulberry Liqueur, Limoncello and Orangecello 5cl bottles.Great as a Christmas gift, keepsake, special occasions, or corporate events, these are available to order online from the No 1 High Street store or the Distillery shop in Stratford upon Avon. The front label can be customised along with a bespoke message to the side of the bottle.
Looking for a place to host a private holiday gathering? Judith’s can also welcome up to 50 of your closest family and friends.
“We’re delighted to launch our Christmas parties at Judith’s School of Spirits, which is an ideal town centre location to kick off your evening festivities! We’ll also happily recommend some fantastic local restaurants if revellers want to enjoy a meal afterwards!”
About Shakespeare Distillery
Established in 2015, Shakespeare Distillery produces small batches of hand-crafted premium spirits including Stratford Dry, Rhubarb Gin, Elderflower and Quince Gin and Mulberry Gin Liqueur alongside the newest additions, Jester White, and Spiced Rum.
The distillery is located on the north western edge of Stratford-upon-Avon, on the Drayton Manor Farm estate. In 2019, they opened their visitor centre where you can enjoy distillery tours and gin schools as well as visit our distillery shop and our coffee and cocktail lounge.
The shop in the heart of town, above which is Judith’s School of Spirits, where you’ll find the rum schools, cocktail masterclasses and gin tasting experiences.
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Good to know: The lights display in Stratford-upon-Avon over the Christmas period is considered to be one of the finest in the country
WOW! Factor: This historic market town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain.
Tip: The Explorer Pass by Shakespeare’s England includes entry to attractions across Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond for one great price.
All photos courtesy of Shakespeare Distillery