‘Gin and Steam’ at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The first ‘Gin and Steam’ event took place at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, over the weekend of June 8 and 9.

Visitors stepped back in time to the 1940s while sampling a range of craft spirits across the station, in the park, in the new Barn Café, and even on board the historic steam trains themselves.

Commercial officer, Harriett Townsend, said: “Despite the weather we had a large number of visitors who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“We had two gin bars, run by Barnacle Brothers and the IW Gin Company, with four gins, three vodkas and four rums on offer. The Gin Joint, Cowes, also provided us with tasters.

“We wanted to showcase a variety of Island produce and distillers, as well as give us a different perspective with the many events we put on.”

There was live music and, in addition to the guest distillers’ own bars, the railway had well-stocked bars, with different craft gins and spirits, with beer and cider also included.

Visitors also had the chance to ride in unique style on one of the historic steam locomotives, travelling through the Island’s countryside.