Tarquin's Gin Schools


We’ve created a unique, hands-on experience where you get to make your very own one-of-a-kind bottle of gin to take home.

Tarquin set up the distillery almost a decade ago now with the dream of distilling a few bottles in the morning then going surfing in the afternoon. With our new Gin Schools that is now a reality for everyone! We even share a few trade secrets in our masterclasses!

Over the course of a year and hundreds of experiments, Tarquin created his first bottle of Tarquin’s Cornish Gin on a tiny copper pot still in his kitchen at home, a humble start for a distillery that has won World’s Best Gin at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Now it’s your turn!

We’re really looking forward to sharing Tarquin’s original process and experience with you; you’ll be able to pick your own selection of botanicals, fire up your own copper pot still and go through the exact same process Tarquin did over the course of a year, in a couple of hours! We cannot wait to see what you create!

Experience the tantalising Tarquin’s Distilling Masterclass at our Gin Schools in one of two incredible locations.

Padstow - 10 minutes from our Distillery, the harbour town of Padstow is our home and one of the most spectacular places to eat and drink in Cornwall, our gin school and shop is set back just behind the harbour.

St Ives – one of the most beautiful historical towns in Cornwall, a favourite for tourists and locals alike, our gin school and shop is neatly tucked along the beautiful fore street running parallel to the harbour front.

Tarquin’s Gin School


  • Tarquin’s Gin and Tonics
  • Tarquin’s Tasters
  • 70cl custom-made gin to take home
  • An introduction to Tarquin’s process and experiments
  • An array of local, familiar and exotic botanicals for you to choose from to make your own gin in a mini copper pot still
  • BYOB – Bring your own botanical! If you have something special, feel free to bring along something you’ve grown in the garden, or a favourite spice from your travels
  • Label, Wax and Sign your own bottle with your individual tasting notes
  • Approximate school runtime 2 hours to 2.5 hours

Over 18’s only. Please get in touch if you have any access requirements.
A soft drink option will be made available on arrival for those not drinking.
1 person per booking – 1 person per still
Admission: £85 per person

Tour days and times


Friday & Saturday at 11am


Friday & Saturday at 11am

Price Per Person £85

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Tarquin’s Gin School and Shops

First and foremost we'd like to stress the importance we place on responsible drinking. Samples will be poured in moderation - to be enjoyed and savoured.

Therefore, if you're making your own way to and from our gin schools, please ensure that you have a designated driver organised. Thank you for respecting this.

Padstow Gin School and Shop:

 2-4 Lanadwell St, Padstow PL28 8AN


St Ives Gin School and Shop:

14 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB



Neither of our locations has designated parking but there are plenty of pay and display locations within walking distance.


Local Taxi Companies we recommend include:

St.Columb Cars 01637 226621 ST.COLUMB

Newquay Surf Cabs 07305 466905. NEWQUAY

A2B Taxis Newquay 01637 877777. NEWQUAY

123 Taxis. 01637 851234. NEWQUAY

1011 Taxis. 01637 871011. NEWQUAY

Wadebridge Taxis. 01208 812725. WADEBRIDGE

Midas Taxis. 01208 812345. WADEBRIDGE

Petroc Cabs. 07814342398. PADSTOW

PHD Taxis. 07494 073111. PADSTOW

Parnells Taxis Ltd. 01208 75000. BODMIN