The perfect tonic for September as gin festival returns to The Pantiles

The Pantiles is to play host to another celebration of all things jazz- and gin-related as a popular music and drinks festival returns at the weekend.

The Pantiles Gin & Jazz Festival comes to the iconic Tunbridge Wells promenade on Saturday and features gins from around the world.

Local tipples on show include the new Mousehall Gin from Tidebrook, Birch Gin from Wadhurst, Greensand Ridge Gin from Westerham, Pipehouse Gin from Tunbridge Wells and the eponymous Mayfield Gin.

As well as over 40 different gins, organisers say there is also a rum section for those wanting a different spirit, following a surge of interest in rum.

Along with the drinks there will be plenty of food stalls, including Fuller’s burgers, Rascal’s chilli chicken or a tasty dish from Mauritian Coalition.

Organiser Julian Leefe-Griffiths from the Tunbridge Wells Hotel said the gin festival ends a summer of events on The Pantiles, but more events are scheduled for the autumn.

He added: “It’s been a fantastic summer, with great support from the residents and visitors to Tunbridge Wells for all of our festivals.

“Numbers at Thursday night’s jazz have been incredible as well as weekends and the spring food festival.

“We have a really busy September planned, starting with the aforementioned Gin & Jazz Festival on September 3-4, followed by the Harvest Food Festival the weekend after, then on the third weekend (September 16-17), we have the marvellous Pantiles Antiques Festival to round off the season.

“So get these dates in your diary and remember to save some energy for partying on the Pantiles.”

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