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“If you’re searching for millinery courses near you like I was, I would recommend Gartmore House because they take care of everything.”

If you’ve always loved the hats at Royal Ascot and wondered how just how to create something just as unique and eye-catching, then our millinery courses are perfect for you.

One of our newer craft courses, millinery is a wonderful skill in your crafting arsenal. You’ll have the chance to learn many new skills all while enjoying the beautiful views and stunning panoramas we have on offer at Gartmore. You never know, you might just find that spark of inspiration you need to make something spectacular!

It’s never too late to learn a new craft or skill, no matter what age we are. That’s why we make sure to have the very best tutor available for our millinery courses.

Suitable for all, join Clare Workman for a fun creative weekend and create your very own unique stylish ‘Fabulous Fascinator’! Clare will be on hand to guide you through the design and construction options and techniques. You will learn both traditional millinery methods and discover a range of exciting and contemporary uses of alternative materials. Amaze yourself and play!

Your ‘Fabulous Fascinator’ may be discreet and chic or flamboyant and extravagant; in this workshop learn how to create a variety of fascinator styles from scratch, and work on your chosen design/s, taking home one or two finished creations to ‘wow’ your family and friends.

Read more about the ‘Fabulous Fascinators’ workshop here.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2021

Our millinery holidays run for 2-nights from Friday to Sunday and start from £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

Date TBC

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family who doesn’t want to do one of our courses, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Saturday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the weekend, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with homemaking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art or craft and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

What’s Included

  • 2 days of specialist tuition from Clare Workman
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 16:00) Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Bring a hat or two to work on- blocked hats rather than soft hats but in any material, felt, sinamay, straw etc. Also bring along any small amounts of fabric you may wish to use for trimming … and beads, ribbons, buttons, feathers, trims etc. If you don’t have any suitable hats at home to bring then charity shops are a good source.

We will have a ‘Swap and Share’ table where trims or bits of hats you no longer want can be recycled by other guests and there will be a sales table for optional foundation and construction materials.

Please bring a hand sewing kit with scissors (both for paper and fabric) pins, needles, threads, thimble, tape measure etc… Don’t worry if you forget or don’t have something as there will be equipment to borrow, but it is easier if you have your own kit to hand. A foundation materials kit will be available at £20 per person.

Tutor – Clare Workman
Clare studied millinery in Glasgow and at The London College of Fashion before setting up and running her own very successful millinery business for 12 years. She made hats and headpieces for clients from all over the world, and has taught and exhibited widely. The Science Museum in London has one of her hats in permanent exhibition ‘The Challenge of Materials’. Clare specialised in designing and making unique and stylish hats with contemporary flair yet with a firm foundation in traditional millinery techniques. Clare loves to share her knowledge and skills through teaching in a relaxed friendly style and looks forward to welcoming you to Gartmore House.

 For more information about Samira please visit her website.

Reviews from previous millinery guests:

  • ‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’ – Millinery Holiday Guest
  • ‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’ – Millinery Holiday Guest

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