Newcastle will host the Rum and Vodka Festival with a chance to mix your own cocktails


A booze-filled festival hits the road in the spring and Newcastle is one of four UK cities chosen to host it.

Charnwood Entertainments has announced the 2022 tour dates for its Rum & Vodka festival – described as an “alcohol-themed throwback event” – which will add a touch of glamor to its spirit-driven schedule with the addition of a red carpet for arriving guests and opportunities for photo ops.

The festival will take place in four cities – Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Leicester – between March and June and more could be on the cards.

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It will take place first in the North East, kicking off at Event Northumbria – a venue on the Northumbria University campus in Sandyford Road – on March 19.

A spokesperson for the entertainment company said: “We guarantee this event will leave you feeling great, with a range of fun and themed sessions, each offering a wide range of specially selected drinks.”

The festival, which has a number of beverage sponsors, will feature well-known brands as well as a selection of spirits from local distilleries to help showcase what independent businesses have to offer.



Festival-goers can enjoy a range of spirits and cocktails

A popular addition to the festival format is planned for cocktail masterclasses which, at an additional cost, will allow festival-goers to learn from an experienced mixologist how to perfect tastes of a Pornstar Martini, Mojito or Cosmopolitan.

There will be three sessions to choose from on the day – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; 4pm-7pm and 8pm-midnight – and they will include entertainment, while the late event will also have a DJ. Snacks will also be on sale.

George Harriman, founder of Leicestershire-based Charnwood Entertainments, which is backed by The Prince’s Trust and also helps raise the profile of young entrepreneurs and artists, said: “I started my career working on events related to alcohol and now I’m going to come full circle and welcome it feels surreal.

“It’s going to be so good.”

For festival tickets, priced at £10, see the company’s website here.

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