Manchester Festival Masterclasses and Experiences

As you’d expect, we’re running our famous blending workshops and cocktails masterclasses, giving you lots more one-on-one time with visiting, and in-house experts.

But as 2018 is our 10th birthday, we’ve got some new ideas to broaden your minds, heighten the senses, and keep you coming back for more!

You must also hold a valid festival ticket to attend a masterclass or experience.


Mackmyra: The Origins of Swedish Whisky

Mackmyra, founded in 1999, is now firmly established in the world of whisky and is proud to be somewhat different than their compatriots, as well as distilleries elsewhere in the world. Gravity plays a big part in their innovative seven-storey-high distillery, and the oak they use in their barrels was planted 160 years ago to make warships for the Swedish Navy.

Want to know more? UK Brand Ambassador and all-round cool dude, Alex Johnson will be taking this fascinating and tasty class.

Masterclass Times

Friday 26th October


Saturday 27th October

1pm |  9pm


Eddie Ludlow – 10th Anniversary Tasting

Quite simply unmissable. An hour in the company of the Whisky Lounge founder Eddie Ludlow.

Eddie has picked four outstanding drams and will entertain you with some of his tales of the Whisky Industry along the way.

There will be fine whisky, fine chat and a fine feeling for you after the class is finished!

Masterclass Times

Friday 26th October


Saturday 27th October

12pm | 7.30pm


The Whisky Blending Lab

You don’t have to be a whisky expert, but you do have to come with an open mind and be prepared to apply both your palate and your brain as you construct your very own blended whisky.

Our expert will guide you through the process and you then get to name and bottle your own blend to take home to proudly show off to all and sundry!

Session Times

Friday 26th October

7pm | 8.30pm

Saturday Early Session

12pm | 1.30pm

Saturday Late Session

7.30pm | 9pm


Cocktail Workshops

Learn to make your own classic whisky cocktails from one of our trained experts. Impress your friends with your new-found skills!

These workshops cannot be booked in advance but will be taking place throughout each session. You can book your places on the day at the information desk within the festival.