This isn't strictly 'wellness' travel news, but it definitely makes me happy: gin-soaked staycations have topped a list of UK holiday trends for 2017.
Britain’s juniper-based tipple has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years with a whole host of gin experiences popping up across the country.
And this week VisitEngland has named boozing on the botanical spirit as one of the top ways to spend our vaycays in the UK (other less retox-based activities include unusual animal encounters, outdoor art experiences, foodie hubs and mindful water-based adventures).
From comic cabarets in London to cocktail-fuelled bus tours in Bristol, there are a host of ways to celebrate this great British institution, whatever the weather. Here are three of our favourites...
THREE WAYS TO GET YOUR GIN ON & CALL IT CULTURE
1. Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin – London & Birmingham
This sixty-minute ode to the very British tipple explores the history of gin through a mix of funny stories and song, featuring music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes and The Pretenders. Having met with critical acclaim at the Sydney Comedy Festival, the show makes its UK debut at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol on 29th July, with stints up and down the country throughout the summer, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Udderbelly London and The Old Joint Stock in Birmingham until 3rd September.
Tickets cost £17.50. www.mothersruincabaret.com
2. All aboard the gin bus in Bristol
Foozie has teamed up with local distillery 6 O’clock Gin to offer a series of intimate bus tours to give people the chance to see the city in a whole new way. The two-hour ride takes in the beautiful sights of Bristol while guests sup gin cocktails and specially-crafted tonics (and if gin isn’t your thing, Foozie has also launched a prosecco-based bus tour in the city).
Tickets cost £32.50 + booking fee and include four gin cocktails. www.foozie.co.uk
3. The Gin Festival in Birmingham
Gin lovers headed to the Midlands are in for a treat, as the Birmingham Gin Festival returns to the city with a dizzying 120 gins from around the world.
The event promises live entertainment, cocktail demonstrations, talks from the experts and a ‘make your own gin distillery’.
Tickets cost £13.50 each and include a glass, a Gin Bible and sampling card with tokens and the festival will also be popping up at nine other UK cities including Cardiff, Manchester, Exeter and Cheltenham. www.fatsoma.com
For more info on stylish staycations visitengland.com