UK’s biggest gin festival gets the go ahead in Mid Sussex

Brighton events company E3 is staging the event at the stunning 200-acres estate of Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath.

There had been concerns whether the delay of Lockdown measures would allow the event to go ahead. But it has been confirmed that it will now take place with 3,500 tickets up for grabs.

The Festival is between noon and 9pm, and includes free entry to the Garden as well more than 100 premium and small batch gins, E3 CEO David Hill said: “Under stage three of the government roadmap, events with a maximum capacity of 4,000 people can still take place. “We are working closely with Mid Sussex District Council to ensure everyone has the best possible festival experience in a Covid secure environment. “We are amazed at the public response to this event and the number of tickets we have already sold.

“We all heard our Prime Minister Boris Johnson say that Freedom Day has to be delayed for a further four weeks, and I think most of us can understand why. “We have all the necessary Covid measures in place and will be going full steam ahead with this. “We can’t wait, especially after the success of the 2019 festival, and we are confident it will be a huge success.”

There will be more than 100 premium and small batch gins to try out, including firm favourites like Sipsmith and Hendricks, and there is a Pink bar dedicated only to Pink Gin. There is even a Captain Sir Tom’s London Dry Gin to try out , and for every g and t bought a small donation goes to The Captain Tom Foundation.

Despite uncertainty over Lockdown, all VIP Tickets and Premium Maharaja Palace Tickets have already sold out.

You can still buy a Standard Ticket, which includes admission into the festival, complimentary Gin Guide and free admission into Borde Hill Garden. But there are only 200 tickets left so act quickly to book.

 The main attractions are:

  • Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers
  • Delicious hot and cold artisan food
  • Live entertainment on stage all day
  • Free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Distillers taking part include Brighton Gin, Cabin Pressure Spirits from Horsham, Chichester Harbour Gin, Hastings 1066 Gin, Worthing Gin, Slake from Shoreham, Madame Jennifer brand from Hove and Ditchling Gin.

Those serving up the amazing food include Brighton artisan pop-up Dirty Mac, Michelin trained chefs Mann and Moore from Wisborough Green, Mid Sussex Super Cream and Brighton Thai specialist Pok Pok.

David said: “We could not have chosen a better venue as Borde Hill is a stunning estate. “Sussex produce is at the heart of this unique festival, and we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to complement them. “Our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties like Surrey and Kent.

“There will also be local craft beers available and some Sussex fizz for you to try, and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine you can sit back and enjoy a chill-out set from DJ Pat Sharp”

The event is for people aged 18 and over. It starts at noon on Saturday July 10 and runs until 9pm. Tickets are £18.90 each. To book yours, go to Sussex Gin Fest – UK’s Biggest Gin Festival – Borde Hill Garden 2021