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Celebrate Yule the Anglo-Saxon way at Ad Gefrin

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From a Christmas cocktail masterclass to an embroidery workshop, we unwrap Ad Gefrin’s tree-mendous festive calendar.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Ad Gefrin is all set to sleigh this festive season with a calendar that promises a snowload of fun.

Tucked away in the scenic Cheviot Hills and the cosy village of Wooler, Ad Gefrin is more than just Northumberland’s first whisky distillery and museum; it’s a historical journey into the Anglo-Saxon era.

This Northumberland hidden gem draws inspiration from a 7th-century royal summer palace discovered just four miles away. Ad Gefrin brings the Anglo-Saxon era to life, narrating tales of forgotten kings and queens, creating an immersive museum experience that unites people and celebrates a new golden age for Northumbria.

As our festivities approach, Ad Gefrin invites us to celebrate Christmas the Anglo-Saxon way.

Forget the Victorian Christmas traditions; the Anglo-Saxons were already celebrating Christmas as a festival known as Yule on 25th December. Did you know that Christmas is actually an Anglo-Saxon word – Cristesmæsse – that was first recorded in 1038?

Now, let’s talk Yule – a blend of ritual, community, and feasting. It’s a tradition that’s all about celebrating together, drawing inspiration from the season’s utility and materials.

And guess what? Ad Gefrin is bringing this festive spirit to life with a sleighful of Yule events that you won’t want to miss.


When: Saturday 2nd December, 4:30pm – 6.30pm &  7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: £50 per person

Start your evening right with a free welcome drink, before visiting the Tasting Room for a lively Yule cocktail mixology class – Ad Gefrin’s alchemists are ready to make it unforgettable. Get hands-on crafting two fantastic cocktails featuring Ad Gefrin’s own Tácnbora Whisky and Thirlings Gin.

While you’re at it, the team will keep light bites coming. Take a break in the gift shop with 10% off on your buys. Before finishing your evening back into Bistro Bar for one last cheeky Christmas cocktail topped off with a scrumptious mince pie. It’s an evening packed with sips, bites, and good vibes.


When: Thursday 7th December, from 10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: £30 per person

Get ready to unleash your inner embroidery maestro. This three-hour workshop is open to all levels and is led by the talented Wendy and Stuart Findlay from the Acle Early Medieval Re-enactment Society. Dive into the world of traditional stitches and techniques that brought their breathtaking embroideries to life in the Anglo-Saxon Great Hall and Museum.

No need to worry about supplies – Ad Gefrin have got you covered. Plus, fuel your creativity with complimentary tea, coffee, and a toasty mince pie. It’s a cosy, hands-on experience that promises not just a beautiful embroidery to take home, but also a sprinkle of warmth and festive cheer.


When: Thursday 14th December, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: £60 per person

Embrace your festive flair by crafting your unique Yule wreath – no experience needed as Ad Gefrin’s team has got your back. Sip on included drinks, nibble on treats, and indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea at the cosy Bistro.

There’s no need to bring anything along as the materials and tools are ready for you, The best part? Your masterpiece goes home with you. Expect a day of crafts, tea, and spreading that holiday cheer and making some merry memories together.

Ad Gefrin, South Road, Wooler NE71 6NJ

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Rachael Nichol
Creative Solutions Manager

After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…


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