Let your sense of smell guide you to your perfect cocktail concoction, smell and taste are after all inextricably linked. One of the fun interactive activities on offer at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery housed in the old Laverstoke Mill in North Hampshire. This setting like the gin, is exquisite amid the iconic glass houses designed by Thomas Heatherwick where you will learn of the ten botanicals which fuse to make Bombay Sapphire. Cap this off with a pub lunch at a traditional old Hampshire inn.
We depart this morning for our journey south stopping on-route in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, possibly the most famous writer in the English Language. Enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Avon or enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the many cafes. We then continue our journey south to our hotel, the 4* Crowne Plaza, Basingstoke. After check-in, enjoy some free time at leisure before your buffet dinner after which you will have the rest of the evening at leisure.
After breakfast we take a short journey to Whitchurch, home of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, In renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the utmost care to preserve the natural ecology and heritage of the site. To build a long-term legacy at Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has also committed to building a sustainable future. The award-winning sustainability measures in design and construction are at the heart of this state-of-the art distillery. Here you will enjoy in your own time a self-guided tour to Explore the Distillery. The Self-Discovery Experience showcases the very best of Bombay Sapphire gin and their beautiful, historic distillery. After you have sampled your own cocktail we then make our way to a local traditional pub where you will enjoy a 2 course lunch.
After breakfast we leave the hotel with a on-route stop for some retail therapy at the Bicester Designer Outlet Shopping Village before heading back home.
Crowne Plaza, Basingstoke
Close to the town centre and just 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport, Crowne Plaza Basingstoke makes the perfect base for exploring Hampshire’s most popular attractions. Enjoy contemporary accommodation & complimentary access to our health and leisure facilities.
- 2 Nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast
- Pub lunch at a traditional old Hampshire Inn
- Self-guided visit of Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery with tasting