Gin Tasting Evening

Friday 29th March 2019
6 pm – 9 pm

We have launched our exclusive Gin Experience, supported by Sadler’s Brewery in Lye.  If you are a gin lover then this is the event just for you…

  • Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink on arrival
  • Learn all about the history of Gin with the Sadler’s Brewery team as they chat to you about their expertise in flavoured Gin 
  • Gin tasting mat (enjoy sampling seven different shots of Whitley Neill Gin with mixers & garnish)
  • Choose one of the seven gins you liked the most and enjoy your favourite tipple as a full measure, served with some delicious canapes!

The event will take place in the Grey Lady Tavern in the grounds of the 11th Century castle courtyard, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy a few ‘Spirits’ whilst you’re here!

Cost: £25 per person, strictly over 18s only.
Please bring proof of ID as staff have the right to refuse without proof of age.


or call 01384 215313

You are more than welcome to purchase any other drinks from our Grey Lady Tavern before leaving. The bar will close and the evening will finish around 9 pm.


Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

The Gin Tasting Experience takes place after the Zoo closes so does not include Zoo admission and no access to any parts of the Zoo site will be permitted.  You must stay with your host at all times.

All visitors will be asked to arrive at the green security gates located at the rear of The Fellows pub car park (off The Broadway, DY1 4QB) by 6pm.  The evening will commence once everyone has arrived so please be punctual to avoid other guests waiting.  Car parking will be available on site via The Fellows pub gates.  Please do not park your vehicle on the pub car park.

Due to the distance between the entry / exit point and the Castle, all guests will be asked to leave the site at the same time, unless in the case of an emergency. The event is due to finish at 9 pm.


SINCE 1762.

Whitley Neill is made from a 100% grain spirit that is steeped with botanicals prior to being distilled in a beautiful antique copper pot still called ‘Constance’ who is over 100 years old.

Only the purest water is used and each of the nine botanicals are carefully selected to ensure that they are of the highest quality.  Whitley Neill’s tagline of “Crafted from the tree of life” goes a long way in describing what those botanicals might be.

Bringing together a mix of innovative botanicals like cape gooseberries and baobab fruit to its line up, it also has other more traditional botanicals such as juniper, coriander, lemon & orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root.

The tagline also lends its cues to the attitude taken on by the creator Johnny Neill, as it reflects his fresh 21st century outlook whilst also making a reference to gin’s heritage and the London based gin distilling experience put into use at the distillery.