The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival kicks off its 2017 tour in Nottingham, bringing you rum, cocktails, food and music from around the globe.

On Friday, February 24, Studio 7 at Nottingham University will be hosting a brand new and original two-day event that will see the launch of the UK’s first travelling Rum Festival.

The Rum Festival, will introduce you to over 100 different rums from around the globe combined with live entertainment, great food and free giveaways.

Lucy Douglas, the founder of the festival says, “The growth in the rum market and evolution in the variety of flavours and styles has been phenomenal over the last couple of years. Having been to some amazing Beer Festivals and Gin Festivals we decided to set up something for rum drinkers, somewhere fun where they could try new and exciting rums whilst listening to live music, eating great food and be surrounded by like-minded people.”


Rum is the most diverse and versatile of the spirits. Great on its own over ice, perfectly blended with your favourite mixer, or shaken up in a cocktail, rum is the perfect drink for any occasion. With a vast and diverse range of production methods and being produced all over the globe in varying climates, every rum is different and there is something for everyone.

So what can you expect?

On arrival, you will be greeted by a Rum’un; handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home!) and a brochure, full of information on all the rums you can try, fun facts about each of the suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.

Rum can be grouped into six categories and that is how you’ll find them at The Rum Festival. White, Golden, Dark, Navy, Spiced or Overproofed; but don’t worry if you know nothing about rum there will be a welcoming team there to help you choose.

Drinks vouchers to taste the rums, will be available from a stand in the main hall. The drinks vouchers are £5 per drink and include a mixer of your choice and fresh garnish. We think the best way is to buy a card of four for £20 and then go from there, but you can purchase fewer (or more of course!) if you like. If you’re new to rum don’t worry, the friendly Rum’uns will recommend a few to get you going or tell you all about their favourites.

Throughout the event there will be live entertainment and dancing – including steel drums and salsa; live blogs from rum industry experts, tasty food to buy and above all lots of fun. At the Nottingham event, The Rum Festival’s cocktail team will be on hand to mix you some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet!


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Tickets start from just £7.50 (+ booking fee) and are on sale now!

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Friday 24th February 2017: Evening Session: 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Saturday 25th February 2017: Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 5pm

Saturday 25th February: Evening Session 6.30pm – 11.30pm

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 Fun Fact “The team is called Rum’Uns – Rum’un – Rum One… Someone who is a bit quirky; who is a little bit naughty but still eminently loveable!”