A popular gin and rum festival celebrating the country's best spirits will be returning to Norwich in the summer.

The Gin & Rum Festival is coming to The Halls on Saturday, July 1, and will feature more than 120 varieties of gin and rum.

There will be samples from distillers from across the country and the world, themed bars, a DJ and live entertainment.

Norwich Evening News: Festival-goers enjoyed over 120 of the best spirits from across the world.Festival-goers enjoyed over 120 of the best spirits from across the world. (Image: Gin & Rum Festival)

The slots available to book are 12.30pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm, with presale and early bird tickets already sold out. 

Last year's event saw thousands attend across two days after its 2020 event was postponed due to Covid.

The festival joins one of many food and drink festivals coming to the county in the summer, including Wymondham's best-selling street festival in June.

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It comes after it was revealed The Halls could have to close for urgent repairs within two years.

However, the city council has stressed The Halls remain open, with a spokesman saying: "We'd like to reassure people that The Halls is not under any threat of permanent closure.

Norwich Evening News: Thousands attended last year's festival across its two-day run.Thousands attended last year's festival across its two-day run. (Image: Gin & Rum Festival)

"While it is likely the building will need to close temporarily for work to be carried out – no date has yet been decided for this."

Tickets include entry to the event, a free drink and snack, a reusable metal straw, a festival-branded cup with a carry satchel, a festival guide and free samples.

Tickets are on sale with Eventbrite or on the event website, ginandrumfestival.com, from £11.12 to £16.48 for 18s and over.