Embark on a seasonal tour and tasting at Fisher’s Gin, the beach-side gin distillery based in Aldeburgh. Distilled in small batches using the Dry London method, in a distillery next to the sea and infused with foraged wild herbs and coastal botanical, it’s a best-seller which many people know and love.
Upon arrival for your tour, head to the coastal room for a G&T with a sea view, before heading off to enjoy a range of activities including a virtual tour of the River Alde; taking in its history, biodiversity and lost secrets. Then take part in a unique botanical tea making experience, guided tour of the distillery and of course, a tutored tasting of Fisher’s gins and seasonal cocktails. Round off your tour with a browse in the Fisher’s Gin shop where you can pick up a little something to take home.
The historic St Peter’s Hall in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside is in fact home to a working craft brewery, and visitors can attend a special ‘talk and taste’ event to find out more about the brewing process and of course sample the beverages- all in the atmospheric surroundings of a beautiful venue.
Upon arrival, meet with your experienced guide who will lead you through a tour of the traditional agricultural buildings that make up the brewery, and find out some interesting facts about the brewing process along the way. Following the tour you can enjoy a tutored beer tasting, sampling a range of ales, fruit beers, stouts and porters. Pay a visit to the shop before you leave to pick up some beer to take home, along with a range of other artisan food, drinks and gifts- you’ll also get a complimentary bottle of beer to take home.
Flint Vineyard offers visitors a bespoke experience to learn more about all the magical aspects of winemaking; gather together with like-minded friends and be led through the vineyards and winery whilst Ben, Oli or Dan explain the process from pruning to harvest, wine-making and bottling. The tour concludes with a guided tasting of four wines- Bacchus, Silex Blanc, Pinot Noir Précoce and Charmat Rosé, cheers!
For a great beer experience in Suffolk, head to Briarbank Brewery situated just moments from the historic waterfront in the heart of Ipswich. Brierbank love to show visitors the processes they follow to create a truly flavour fuelled beer, and welcome folks along to take a look around the microbrewery, learning all about brewing techniques from head brewer Rob. Naturally, you’ll head to the bar afterwards to sample the wares. There are several different packages to choose from including the tour, tasting, or tour and tasting session.
Become an Adnams expert in no time with a tour of the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery in the heart of Southwold where Adnams have been brewing since 1872. Step behind the wall of the breath-taking Victorian building and experience one of the most modern breweries in the UK.
Choose from a range of exciting tours and experiences including the brewery tour, the distillery tour and experiences such as ‘make your own gin experience’ where you can create a bottle of gin to your own specific tastes guided by the experts in the gin lab. The workshop also includes a tasting session where you can sample some of Adnams best-selling spirits.
If you are passionate about food, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the Food Hub Cookery School. Located on a working farm at Kenton Hall, the cookery school offers all sorts of great courses from pizza, pasta and Italian, meat and fish as well as BBQ, bread-making and food from around the world. It’s the sure fire way to polish up your skills in the kitchen and get ready to impress the guests at your next dinner party. You can take part in beginners courses, couples courses and foodie experiences like nose to tail butchery. And, with a produce-to-plate philosophy you can be sure that the ingredients you use are local as can be- coming straight from the farm itself.
If you fancy having a go at cooking al fresco, why not try going back to nature and taking part in a course with Fire and Feast Woodfire Cookery school? Through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practise you will create a variety of delicious meals and snacks using the best local produce that Suffolk has to offer. Savour a slower way of life, meet new people and learn new skills, culminating in a final meal together in the tipi. The courses include a fire-lighting lesson, all equipment and ingredients, drinks upon arrival and throughout the day and a recipe pack to take home.
You may have visited the Two Magpies Bakery and tasted the fantastic bread, cakes and pastries there? Well, now you can learn to make these delicious treats at home, after taking a course with Two Magpies founder Rebecca Bishop, at the The Next Loaf Baking School. Whether you are an experienced baker wanting to brush up your skills, or if you hope to start from the beginning and develop a new hobby, there are courses ranging from full, half day and evening class options. Walk away after your class with your freshly baked sourdough, pastries or pizza and revel in your new-found skill! Classes include refreshments and all equipment.
Check out our Experiences Guide for more unique Suffolk Coast experiences to enjoy in 2024!