Cromer Carnival Gin
Cromer Carnival Gin. Credit Andreas Yiasimi.

Cromer Carnival is getting into the spirit of things to mark its 50th anniversary by launching a special edition Cromer Carnival Gin.

Crafted in small batches on copper-pot stills by former Cromer lad Laurence Conisbee at Wharf Distillery, the gin has been created to pay tribute to all that is great about this iconic event and seaside town.

Cromer Carnival Gin
Cromer Carnival Gin. Left to Right: Luke Evans, Cromer Carninval. Laurence Conisbee, Wharf Distillery. Tony Shipp, Chairman Cromer Carnival. Credit Andreas Yiasimi.

Combining sea buckthorn which adorns the cliffs, rich juniper, coriander, sweet orange, the fragrance of elderflower and a warmth from ling heather, the gin has been made in homage to the North Norfolk Coast.

Laurence said: “Having grown up in Cromer I have fond memories of joining in with theCarnival fun. Whatever the weather, it’s what summer in Cromer is all about, and it’sincredible how it is all made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers.

“Its 50th Anniversary not only gave me the perfect excuse to create a special gin for myhometown, but also to say thank you to the team for the thousands of memories they have created for visitors and locals alike.

“With its bright orange berries adorning the Cromer cliff tops, crafting a gin with Sea Buckthorn was an obvious choice. Its sweet, tangy notes compliment the juniper superbly, whilst the coriander and sweet orange peel bring crisp citrus flavours. Ling heather and Angelica root give warming notes of liquorice and pine.

“With all profits from the gin sales going to the CVEO we hope it will raise a few pounds to support such a wonderful event.”

The gin is priced at £30 per 50cl bottle with all profits going to the CVEO.

Cromer Gin
Cromer Gin Artwork by Printer Johnson.

Cromer Carnival chairman Tony Shipp said: “I am delighted that Laurence has made the Cromer Carnival Gin as part of the celebrations for our 50th Anniversary and thank him and his colleagues at Wharf Distillery for considering us on this special occasion.

“The gin contains flavours from plants found along the North Norfolk coastline and in particular Cromer. I am sure the gin contains all those special and exciting ingredients tocompliment this year’s carnival week programme.”

Cromer Carnival Gin

Carnival committee member Luke Evans, who runs the carnival bar, said: “With this yearmarking the 50th anniversary of Cromer Carnival I had been trying to think of something extra special to mark the occasion and when we received an email from Laurence offering his services to distill the Carnival a special gin I knew it was something we had to do.

“After several conversations, Laurence produced a sample batch which has gone down amazingly well with everybody who has tried it. So much so I have had several pre-orders.

“Cromer Gin will be the star of the show at the Carnival’s first gin evening. I would like tothank the town and visitors to the carnival for their continued support. Also to all the volunteers and committee members who make the carnival and its associated events possible every year.”

Wharf Distillery was founded by Laurence in 2012 and is based in Potterspury, Northamptonshire – crafting whisky, gin, brandies and vodka from local fruits, roots and grains.

Cromer Carnival Gin
Cromer Carnival Gin. Credit Dave Hubba Roberts.

Laurence grew up in Cromer and was active in the Sea Scouts and inshore lifeboat for manyyears before leaving the town to become a cartographer. Laurence’s parents still live in thetown and he frequently visits his spiritual home with his own children to see family, friends and, of course, the Carnival.

The bottle has been adorned with artwork by Printer Johnson, a paper goods brand and the trading name of illustrator and printmaker Vicki Johnson.

Inspired by nature, folklore and pattern Vicki designs colourful illustrations with a nostalgic feel from her studio in Norwich.

Bottles of Cromer Gin will be available to purchase from The Rock Shop Bistro in the town from Friday 2 August. To purchase Cromer Gin online please visit

It will also be available to purchase from the Carnival bar on Runton Road during carnival week, 17-23 August 2019.

To find out more about Printer Johnson please visit her website at


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