Kelham Island September Gin Festival

A free gin festival offering more than 100 different types of gin, will take place at Kelham Island Museum next month.

The festival, which is being staged by new Sheffield events company Roisters, will take place on September 21 and 22.

Roisters have stepped into fill the gap left when Gin Festival Limited, who had planned to stage a similar event at the museum, went out of business.

Roisters, is headed by Vic Bains who owns gastro-pub The Keys at Hoyland, which has become well-known for its annual gin festival, huge in-house gin selection and its very own mobile gin bar made from a converted horsebox.

“It was really awful to hear the previous company went into liquidation and unfortunately, this did mean many people lost their ticket money,” said Vic.

“But hopefully our gin festival will give people an alternative and entry is free, although admission numbers will be limited.”

Vic added that there would be an option on arrival to buy a festival gin goblet complete with G&T for £8.

“We’re making this such good value to encourage everyone to join us on our ‘zero waste’ journey and reduce the use of plastic at the festival.”

There will be gins from across the UK and further afield with street food vendors in the museum’s courtyard. There are also plans for a marquee, live music and a pop-up gin shop.

The festival, which will open from 12pm until late on both days, will include free masterclasses and more specialised tasting sessions which can be booked in advance via the festival’s Facebook page.

“Having run gin festivals for several years now, I know these sessions will book up really quickly, so I’d encourage anyone who is interested to book soon,” said Vic.

Vanessa Dodd, Head of Hospitality and Corporate Services, at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said it was great to be welcoming the gin festival to Kelham Island Museum.

“Everyone knows gin is incredibly popular at the moment, so it’s great that we’re able to host the Roisters Gin Festival and hopefully the weekend will be a great success,” she said.

“Kelham Island Museum is a unique place and we’re looking forward to welcoming people who perhaps haven’t visited us before. It will give them chance to come along and find out more about Sheffield’s amazing industrial story.”

To register interest in the festival, visit

Chris Hague and Vic Bains from Roisters with Vanessa Dodd from Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust

Chris Hague and Vic Bains from Roisters with Vanessa Dodd from Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust

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