When the lockdown is over and friends and families can meet again, many seek ways to hang out together.
There are some great places to stay across the UK, including wine tastings, brewery tours or gin making classes – here are some of the best weekend getaways to book with a hotel stay along the way.
Fishers Gin Tour, Suffolk
You can learn to make gin with a view of the ocean
Fishers Gin opened its first distillery on Aldeburgh Beach last month.
With herbs and plants eaten from the nearby sea, tours and tasting experiences can be booked from £ 30.
You can stay next door at The Brudenell Hotel, which often has specials including free Fishers Gin.
Hayman’s Gin Tour, London
Haymans is tucked away in South London and has an outdoor terracePhoto credit: Hayman’s Gin
The Haymans Distillery is often ranked as one of the best things to do in Balham.
For £ 25 you can get an interactive lesson about the botanicals and try them out for yourself (something to do in the courtyard when the weather is nice).
Or Drinks at The Distillery, which you can book for the weekend, is a two-hour session with three gin drinks and a history lesson for just £ 25.
Just a short walk away, you can stay at the Grade I listed inn The Bedford.
Tarquins Gin School, Padstow
Tarquin guests can bring their own herbs and flowers to distill a unique ginPhoto credit: Tarquins Cornish Distillery
Tarquins Gin School in Padstow just opened last month and offers gin distillation classes for groups.
Visitors can even bring their own plants and shrubs to create a unique gin. The lesson, which costs £ 85, also ends with your own 70cl bottle.
The popular seaside resort has a number of nearby hotels to choose from, including the award-winning The Pig or Rick Steins St. Edmunds House just around the corner, which have a limited gin collaboration with Tarquin.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour, Hampshire
The Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour includes tastings and you can also take classesPhoto credit: Iwan Baan
Perhaps one of the most famous gins, the Bombay Sapphire distillery is housed in its unique glass dome.
Classes start at £ 45 where you can prepare two cocktails or a tour and a free drink for £ 17.50.
You can also stay overnight at Oakley Hill Park, including distillery tours.
Packages include a one night stay, a tour of the distillery, a three course meal in the Glasshouse restaurant and a full English breakfast for £ 239 per room.
One Night at Oakley Hill Park with Bombay Sapphire Tour – book here
Denbies Vineyard, Surrey
You can explore a vineyard by train in Surrey – with a drop on the wayCredit: Denbies
Wine lovers can explore Surrey’s Denbies Vineyard by train. A 50 minute outdoor tour with sparkling wine for just £ 13.95.
For indulgence, families can enjoy afternoon tea outdoors or a wicker path to explore the local area.
There are also indoor tours available if the weather turns bad, with tastings for £ 14.95.
If the booze gets too much, the Denbies Vineyard Hotel has 17 rooms, some of which overlook the 265-acre property, and has 17 rooms.
Adnams Brewery and Distillery, Sothold
Both gin and beer fans can explore Adnams. The nearby hotel offers overnight accommodationCredit: The Swan
If you can’t decide between gin or beer, Adnams in Southold is your best bet as both are made – the beer was distilled there as early as 1345.
Both brewery and gin distillery tours are available, each lasting 1 hour 30 hours and costing £ 20.
Just around the corner is the 17th century The Swan Hotel, which also offers packages for stays and tours of the brewery.
Each room is decorated in funky neon colors and even includes a free 20cl bottle of Adnams gin.
Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire
Visit the Cotswolds with some wine and a stay at the Three Choirs Vineyard
The Cotswolds is home to Three Choirs Vineyard, a 75 acre vineyard and hotel.
Wine tasting tours start at just £ 12.50, while a private tour and lunch for two cost £ 89.95.
The three lodges in the vines have a private veranda where you can enjoy the wine. The on-site B&B also offers rooms with views of the vineyards.
Packages start at £ 210 for two and include a one night stay, vineyard tour and breakfast.
Brewing dog, Scotland
Brewdog’s only beer hotel in the UK is in Aberdeen, although plans to open in Manchester are also plannedImage credit: Brewdog
Brewdog headquarters in Scotland produces 300 million pints at any one time and is a must for beer fans.
Tours include a 1 hour 30 tour for £ 15 including four tastings and a five hour VIP tour with food for £ 100.
Brewdog has also opened three hotels above their bars, each offering in-room drinks.
While two are in the US, the Brewdog Kennels in Aberdeen is a 30-minute drive from the brewery, with a beer fridge in the shower and a free pint on arrival.
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