Shopping Gin & Just the Tonic

Staying at the 4* Hampshire Court Hotel and Spa

2 DAYS | 4th November 2022
New for this year! Join us as we combine two of the universe’s greatest joys: gin and shopping! Heading to the fantastic Bicester Village for all your retail desires, we will get that Christmas shopping sorted in the 160 glittering boutiques with all their unmissable savings. With delicious dining options and delectable seasonal specials from the restaurants and pop-ups, this really will be a brilliant day out. The highlight of our break is a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery; with its heritage dating back to 1761, the fascinating story of the Dakin family’s ingenuity, creating the vapour infusion process still used today, is not one to be missed. Enjoying an informative guided tour of the distillery followed by a sampling of the world-famous gin, this lovely short break will be just the tonic needed at this time of year.

Our home for our stay will be the 4* Hampshire Court Hotel and Spa; sitting on the leafy fringes of Basingstoke it is perfectly placed for both our destinations. The hotel offers an awardwinning restaurant and brasserie bar, as well as leisure facilities that including two indoor pools. All bedrooms are en-suite with a bath and a separate walk-in shower, TV and WiFi.

FRIDAY
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route to Bicester Garden Centre where we have time for lunch and a browse. We then continue south to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery where we begin our visit with our tour, given by our very own distillery host. Discover the fascinating history about Bombay Sapphire, see the ten exotic botanicals at work in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room, before hearing all about the rare Vapour Infusion process used to make the popular tipple. After all that learning its time to head to the Mill Bar to sip a gin cocktail. We then make our way to our hotel for an evening at your leisure.

SATURDAY
After a relaxing breakfast we head north to Bicester Village; a unique shopping experience, the Village is unprecedented in its combining of famous brands, beautiful settings, cultural richness, and remarkable service and savings. After ample free time for you to explore at leisure, late afternoon we head for home, making a comfort stop en-route we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area in the evening.

Tour includes: 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast; guided tour of Bombay Sapphire

£168.00 per person sharing twin/double
£25.00 single room supplement
£22.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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