Gin Tasting Cruises

WILL BE BACK IN 2022! New dates coming soon.

Enjoy an hours cruise on the beautiful Avon through Stratford-upon-Avon. See all the riverside sights including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare’s burial place, while enjoying a tutored tasting of the craft gins produced by the award winning Shakespeare Distillery, finishing with a glass of Gin & Tonic to toast your captain & crew.  You even get to take your Gin tumbler with you once the cruise has finished.

This trip is for over 18s only, and tickets can be purchased through this Avon Boating website and Shakespeare Distillery’s own website (see link below).  Cost is £22.50 per person.

Once again, we are partnering with the Shakespeare Distillery to offer Gin Tasting Cruises to the public, but now with even more dates! These cruises will take place every two weeks, on a Saturday, and starting in July through to October.  We will also add trips when demand requires it.  Please check our website and social media for these new dates.

Dates are:

New dates coming soon.


Shakespeare Distillery will carry out a short talk on Gin whilst providing a tasting of their 3 spirits, as the boat cruises upstream during the first 25 mins of the cruise. At the end of the tasting, guests will enjoy a Stratford Gin & Tonic (25ml single measure) whilst taking in the remainder of the cruise led by the Avon Boating crew, passing under the bridge and downstream taking in the RSC and church, before returning back to our Boathouse on Swan’s Nest Lane. And to mark your Gin Tasting Cruise you get to keep you Gin tumbler from your final G&T!

To Book – Add the number of adults required, click the date required and then click on the 6.30pm start time which will appear if seats are available. This will allow you to press the book now button.

The Gin Tasting Cruise lasts for one hour, departing at 6.30pm, but please arrive in good time to board. Return to the Boathouse will be 7.30pm.

If the date required is sold out, please check the Shakespeare Distillery website as they may have some additional seats available.




Shakespeare Distillery is an artisan spirit producer, established in 2015. Everything we produce is in small handcrafted batches, ensuring we can devote our time and attention to creating the best tasting spirits around.

Being based in Stratford upon Avon, we wanted to create something authentic to the area and what is more authentic to Stratford than Shakespeare? We looked at the Tudor period in which he lived and bring the essence of this into our spirits, the first of which is Stratford Gin. At Shakespeare Distillery we aim to recapture this period of innovation by fusing traditional and in some cases forgotten ingredients with modern techniques to create exciting new spirits.

For more information on Shakespeare Distillery please click the link!

Shakespeare Distillery