Saturday 11th June 2022: Botanical Gin Workshop & River Forage Walk


Gin Workshop & River Forage Walk

Saturday 11th June 2022

2pm – 6pm

Venue: boat on the River Thames at Ham/Teddington, South West London

If sold out, please email [email protected] to be put on waiting list

Adults 18+ only

3 Places Left

Suitable for adults 18+ 

Inspired by the wild botanicals growing by the banks of the River Thames, craft your own bespoke Gin ready to enjoy this Summer!

Included in ticket price:

  • 500ml of quality base alcohol
  • Kilner jar & label
  • Recipes & variety of foraged ingredients
  • Wild drinks & treats to taste

Foraging Walk: We will enjoy an informative river & woodland foraging walk learning about wild summer edibles. On our walk we will cover: Forager’s code- the essential safety, sustainability and legal rules to follow; Botany & mycology basics- introduction to identification; History, usage and folklore behind our most common wild edibles; Introduction to a variety of seasonal plants, trees and fungi.

Refreshments: After our walk we will head back to our barge, moored as a floating workshop space on the River Thames. We’ll enjoy a foraged tea, ‘coffee’ or cooling drink and a tasty treat made with foraged ingredients. With our new-found knowledge and inspiration, we’ll explore the variety of wild flavours and spices available at this time of the year.

Botanical Gin Workshop: Craft your own bespoke infused Gin with wild Summer botanicals. 500ml of base alcohol and a glass Kilner jar is included within the ticket price, as well as a variety of wild flavours. Recipes are provided, but you may like to be creative and design your own mix! Proudly take home your jar of Wild River Gin.

The event will take place in Ham/Teddington. Full location details after booking. Easily accessible by bike, train, bus or car. This booking helps to support the River Thames Boat Project charity who owns the boat.


Your Guide: Gemma is a passionate ethnobotanist, interested in the changing relationship between people and plants over time. She has studied and worked with wild plants for food, medicine, and traditional crafts for 20 years. She has led guided walks since 2010 and forage cooking workshops since 2016. She studied Botany with the BSBI, has certificates in food hygiene & catering, and both personal and professional experiences of food allergies and intolerance. She has worked with the River Thames Boat Project since 2013- prior role as Education Manager delivering river-based education and training programmes.

The Boat: our Dutch barge will be statically moored on the river as a FLOATING WORKSHOP SPACE. Please note, this is not a cruise. The barge was designed specifically to make the Thames more accessible, including large removable windows and deck space for views of the river, and is fully wheelchair accessible. She has a toilet, kitchen, tables and chairs, indoor covered viewing area and open front deck. She has solar panels for renewable energy, and sustainable use of water and waste reduction is essential on board.

Accessibility: the boat is designed to be as accessible as possible for people with mobility issues or disabilities, including a wheelchair accessible toilet. However, the walk before the cruise may vary in terrain and accessibility. Please contact Gemma via email [email protected] before booking to check if this course can be adapted/suitable for your needs.

Age: this event is suitable for adults 18+ only.

Food: all samples are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free. Majority are vegan, some may contain egg or honey. Natural syrups eg. date or maple may be used. Some products contain nuts. Please contact us in advance if you have any allergies or dietary needs.

Location: full details of where to meet and what to bring will be provided a week before your booking. The event will start and end in the same place at Ham/Teddington. Easily accessible by foot, bike, train, bus or car.

Weather: the event will continue whatever the weather (except in electrical storms or high winds), please come prepared for outdoor activities.

Covid-19: the walk and the front deck of the boat are both fully outdoors. The saloon has airflow due to open doors and both Port and Starboard side windows can be opened for maximum airflow. Communal areas are cleaned thoroughly. Please contact us as soon as possible if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. Please do a lateral flow test the evening before the event.

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