Gin Festival – Date night at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

I remember the first time I tried a gin and tonic. I was staying with a friend in London and before we headed out to a gig, she poured me a glass of pre-mixed Gordons and tonic. I think I’d just had my youngest daughter so we’re  probably talking about five or six years ago. I’m ashamed to admit it but after one sip I pulled a face and handed it swiftly back to her. I was not a fan. Funnily enough I don’t exactly remember when this changed and when I became one of gin’s biggest fans and out spoken advocate. Let’s face it gin is having a huge moment right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. If you’ve only ever tried a pre-mixed G&T or a cheap gin with a cheap mixer in a bar then you really do need to give gin another try. With events like the Gin Festival that showcase hundreds of varieties of gins you are bound to find one you love and. I was so pleased to be invited by the Gin Festival to their Blackpool Tower Ballroom event and join many fellow gin lovers for a fun night out last Friday.

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gin festival

gin festival

The way the Gin Festival works is you buy tokens at the ‘Off Licence’ that you then exchange for drinks at the various bars. On arrival you are given a gin glass and The Gin Book, you choose the gin you want from the book and head over to the designated bar and place your order. Easy peasey. I loved how each gin is described and you know which mixer and garnish it comes with. As I particularly like spiced and fruity gins I was able to look for them and the later also try out some more dry and citrus flavours too. 

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My husband isn’t a gin drinker per say but even he found a drink he loved that was mixed with ginger beer, Jawbox gin with Fever Tree Ginger Ale.

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gin festival

Gin Festival

The atmosphere was fantastic and such a diverse group of people. Gin love definitely spans the generations! Throughout the night there was live music, master classes, street food and you could even try various gin based cocktails.

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We had a great night out at the Gin Festival and I will definitely be going again. I think going in a group of friends next time who like gin as much as more could prove to be even more fun. No offence to my long suffering husband who put up with me photographing him and helped me juggle drinks and my camera! 

Are you a gin fan?

Is this your kind of night out?


Let me know in the comments below or come and chat to me on social media!


Thanks to the Gin Festival for inviting me to cover the event, and giving me complimentary entry.

morganaGin Festival – Date night at Blackpool Tower Ballroom


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  • Heledd - Running in Lavender - March 14, 2017 reply

    Well this looks and sounds like it was an absolute treat! Now I must confess I’m still on the fence when it come to Gin, and prefer a vodka (incase you’re wondering) but this event looks pretty special – and I think even I could have been converted. Love the pics xx

    morgana - March 15, 2017 reply

    It was such a fantastic event and one for both gin connoisseurs and those yet to be converted. Even my whiskey loving husband found one he really liked. x

  • B - March 15, 2017 reply

    Great photos! This looks like a great evening. I’m missing gin during pregnancy 😉

    morgana - March 15, 2017 reply

    Thanks, it really was lots of fun. So good to do something a bit different for a date night. I’ve got a few pregnant friends who feel the same as you, we’ve made plans to go along together to the festival next year! x

  • Jess Soothill - March 16, 2017 reply

    So jealous this looked amazing!! YES to gin 🙂 xx

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - March 16, 2017 reply

    Looks amazing and what a great place to have it in! They have them in Liverpool a few times a year and I keep meaning to try one, I’ve only just discovered that I like gin though – like you say I think the cheap mixes put me off for years. My husband always pull a face at it so maybe I’ll drag him along to one to see if he can find one he likes! xx

  • Jenny - March 16, 2017 reply

    Wow it was huge!!! Sounds like the perfect heaven for date night. You look lovely too in your stripes and that gin cup please tell me you got to keep the cup? It’s fab. I need a few lessons about gin soon we have a new gin bar right next door to us we must check out soon. #wrc

  • Kerri-Ann - March 19, 2017 reply

    Oh my goodness a Gin Festival, I haven’t enjoyed drinking Gin until a bar opened nearby which serves Poppy’s Gin, since them I am a convert but only for that Gin! Great write up x

  • Pamela | Life With Munchers - March 21, 2017 reply

    I have my first gin tasting this weekend! Last time I tried gin (over a decade ago) I was the same… so I hope I come round to the taste of it too! xx

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