Gin crafting courses and gifts galore this Christmas from Bury St Edmunds’ one and only gin distillery.

Looking for a perfect Christmas party venue and activity? Hunting for that extra special Christmas present or the ultimate Secret Santa gift? Search no further, The Stillery in Bury St Edmunds is here to help you have a very merry gin-mas.

This speak-easy-style cocktail bar hidden behind St John’s Street provides an ideal environment for your Christmas do. Whether friends, family, work, networking or social group get together, from private hire to after work drinks or cocktail classes, The Stillery has something to offer every festive celebration.

The Stillery’s gin and cocktail classes are particularly popular festive activities and suitable for any size party and budget. The one-hour gin tasting or extremely festive “Make a Christmas classic” course are perfect for those looking for a pre or post-dinner activity; while “Rumbunctious” – a course dedicated to all things rum – and “Ginspiration”, where you’ll craft your very own unique bottle of gin, offer full evening celebrations.

Any of The Stillery’s courses can also be purchased as a gift for friends and family this Christmas – perfect for the gin enthusiast or mixologist in the making in your life. But you don’t need to be a gin guru or cocktail connoisseur to enjoy any of the courses as The Stillery owner Tim Blake explains:

“We love to see how much people enjoy our courses, particularly when they come together to celebrate the festive season. As well as discovering what’s new in the world of booze and trying something they’d never experienced before, everyone loves the stories and history behind the spirits we discuss.

“Most importantly, we want people to kick back and enjoy – and if they learn a fun fact to entertain their family at the dinner table or add a new festive tipple to their drinks trolley this Christmas all the better!”

As well as a venue and cocktail bar, The Stillery produce their own premium gin, which can be purchased as a gift this Christmas. The Stillery London Dry Gin is distilled on site, in the bar itself, using the traditional “One Shot” method, producing a modern, yet classic, juniper-led gin with playful spice and citrus flavours.

Bottles can be purchased online or from the cocktail bar, but also keep an eye out for The Stillery at local Christmas events – including Blackthorpe Barn’s craft fayre and the Bury St Edmunds Christmas fayre in November – to pick up a bottle as well as some extra special Christmas creations.

Bookings for courses and purchases of vouchers and bottles can be made online at

For private hire, contact the team directly by calling 01284 700577 or emailing

The Stillery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 6pm to midnight. The Stillery, 3 Short Brackland, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1EL.