Cambridge College Backs Overview

Friday Evening Gin Punting Events in Cambridge

Cambridge Punting Events with The Gin Lab

Glide through the spectacular Backs, past the University of Cambridge’s famous riverside Colleges and their architectural delights whilst sipping a divine Gin and Tonic.

These are exclusive shared event experiences, bookable on Friday evenings only. Tours leave at 18:30 sharp and seats are sold on a first come basis.

Across 45 luxurious minutes, you’ll enjoy 3 double measures of the most popular Cambridge Distillery Gins introduced by your own Cambridge Gin Lab Host with an expert Rutherford’s chauffeur to guide and entertain you throughout!

On the tour, you’ll find out how the Cambridge Distillery came to be and learn their amazing scientific method of identifying quality in all drinks, not just the Gin Lab ones! 

You’ll have your own tasting mat, and a trio of Cambridge Distillery Gins to sample as you enjoy the stories behind the country’s kings and queens, the city itself and its famous students. Bring a friend and enjoy the evening! 

Gin Tasting Events start Fridays at 6.30pm from Rutherford’s Jesus Green Moorings and run on the following dates: 


Friday 27th, 18:30


Friday 17th 18:30


Friday 8th, 18:30

Gin Lab Cambridge Punting Events

Our Gin Lab Events – At A Glance

* Our Rose Marque award-winning 45 minute private punting tour of the prestigious Cambridge College Backs.

* Enjoy three divine gin and tonics on your punt, developed in Cambridge’s very own local distillery. 

* Your Gin Lab Host will take you through the tasting and teach you how to identify high quality ingredients

* Our expert chauffeur and guide will lead you through the very best stories with the amazing facts behind the creation of the city’s English Heritage historic park – the sublime riverside Colleges

Gin Lab Punting Events Information

Our Friday evening 45 minute Gin Lab Punting Tour Events are bookable in advance and we’ll be waiting for you at 18:30 sharp for an evening on the river. Head directly to our Jesus Green Moorings just 2 minutes along the boardwalk from the Quayside to take your tour – it’ll be set up and ready to go.

Your tour will glide through the spectacular Backs, past Cambridge’s ostentatious riverside Colleges, and some (most) of the very best architectural delights in the city. The scene is simply sublime!

Your Gin Lab Host will guide you through three glasses of sumptuous Cambridge Dry Gin & Tonic per person – the perfect Friday evening on the river.

What to do if you’re running late? As a shared tour experience, we cannot hold the tour for you in the event of lateness as this would affect the tour experience of our other guests. Please call us the moment you know of any delays to your schedule and we’ll try to organise things to accommodate you.

Our boats and our employees will be dressed for the weather on the day. If it’s sunny, your guide will wear a shirt, light fleece top or may even wear a waistcoat. Alternatively, at colder times of the year, your guide will wear layers and a professional boating coat and your punt will be equipped with umbrellas.

Head to see our team at the Jesus Green Moorings to start your experience.