Gin Experiences at The Old Calf Shed

      Best Gin Visitor Attraction             Cumbria Tourism Awards Winner

Winner: Icons of Gin The World’s Best Gin Visitor Attraction, 2022
Winner: Cumbria Tourism Awards: Experience of the Year, 2022

Welcome to The Old Calf Shed, Shed 1 Gin Distillery and Visitor Centre. We’re situated on the outskirts of the Lake District, in the lovely market town of Ulverston, Cumbria. Who are we? Husband and wife team, Andy and Zoe Arnold-Bennett. We launched Shed 1 Distillery in October, 2016, from our 7×7 foot garden shed. Three years later we moved the gin distillery to our new premises, just a stone’s throw away. What’s great about the Shed’s new home is that we have enough space for a Visitor Centre. Here, you can join us on a Tour of our Gin Distillery with Gin Tastings. If you’re interested in making your own gin you can! We’re the first gin distillery in Cumbria and the Lake District to offer Make Your Own Gin experiences. There’s also plenty of car parking space and we’re wheelchair-friendly throughout. Please note: all experiences must be booked. All experiences are hosted by us, the owners and distillers. You can find out more about our Gin Experiences by clicking on the links above (and at the bottom of the page). 

The Old Calf Shed interior | Shed 1 Distillery, Ulverston

Afternoon G&Tea

Do you like sweet treats with your gin? We’ve created a botanical-inspired Afternoon G&Tea made up of scones, finger sandwiches and sweet treats that include some of the botanicals we use in our gin making. For example, our Chocolate Cake includes orange zest and a few chilli flakes with a cardamom chantilly cream, all found in our Chilli Fest Gin. Our strawberry shortbread biscuit is covered with rose icing and strawberry pieces, both rose and strawberry are botanicals found in our Shed Loads of Love Gin. Zoe also makes her own Lemon and Lime Curd for the mini meringue tarts. As for our Scones, they have a juniper glaze brushed over the top which gives a lovely, ginny taste. We also source local ingredients from Cumbria and the Lake District. The lovely teas and coffees are supplied by Penningtons Coffee Roasters and Tea Merchants who ethically source their coffee.  

 

Afternoon Tea table | Shed 1 Distillery, Ulverston

 

Private Events & Wedding Venue

Are you looking for a Venue for your Private Event? The Visitor Centre with its bar, stylish look and fabulous view of Ulverston’s iconic Pepperpot is perfect for a party. We can also help you arrange catering, and point you to a fabulous local mixologist for all your cocktail needs. Whether you’re local to Cumbria and the Lake District or you’re coming from further afield, there’s lots of lovely accommodation in Ulverston so you can leave the car and enjoy your celebration. Even more exciting is that both the Gin Distillery & The Old Calf Shed Bar are licensed Wedding Venues. As well as “traditional” ceremonies we also specialise in Gin Elopements! What better place for gin lovers to tie the knot? You can even create your very own signature gin to serve to your guests!  

Wedding at The Shed with bride, groom and guests | Shed 1 Distillery, Ulverston

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Opening Hours

The Shed is Open for Bottle Sales on Saturdays, 11am-5pm.
You can book Gin Experiences at The Shed via the website or call 07794699913.

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Find us

The Old Calf Shed,
Auction Mart,
North Lonsdale Rr,
Ulverston, Cumbria
LA12 7JY

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Group Bookings

We have limited availability for private tours etc for larger groups, please contact Zoe 07794699913

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Comments & Reviews

"Spent a lovely few hours in here on Saturday afternoon. The decor is fab and the gin is pretty good too! Really would recommend a visit." - J0Wil

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"Amazing experience at Shed 1 being the Ginny pigs! We can't wait to share our very own gin with our wedding guests! Thank you Andy & Zoe." - Lauren: Make Your Own Gin Experience

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"What a fabulous, friendly little spot. It's unique, stylish and the gin is exceptional. 5 stars!" - Dave

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Beautiful Place 😍 Very welcoming and Friendly owners and the best award winning Gin 🥇👍: Lucy

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A very cool bar indeed, the styling is unlike anywhere else in town and would not feel out of place in somewhere like Manchester's Northern Quarter..so much love and effort had obviously been invested...Dave C

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Fabulous day-wonderful tour of the distillery followed by the best afternoon tea we've ever had locally! Thank you so much-we'll be back x Vanessa & Daniel, Barrow

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Distillery Tour
& Tasting
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Make Your Own Distilled Gin
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Afternoon G&Tea
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Gin Tasting with Sweet Treats
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