Spend a rewarding weekend creating your own very fabulous fascinator or restyling a once favourite old hat! Suitable for all, tutor Clare Workman offers two relaxed and fun weekend workshops; ‘New Hats for Old!’ or ‘Fascinating Fascinators’. Clare studied millinery in Glasgow and at The London College of Fashion before setting up and running her own very successful millinery business. 

Your fascinator may be discreet and chic or flamboyant and extravagant.  Or restyle your old hat with a fresh new look, making use of traditional materials as well as the chance to upscale, re-scale, recycle and re-purpose! Full design and construction advice will be given and you will use not only traditional millinery techniques and materials, but also have fun with alternative bits and bobs and trims. 

Dates and prices 2019

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August 2019 – £385 per person (2 nights) – CALL TO BOOK

Dates and prices 2020

‘New’ Hats for Old: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020 – £385 per person (2 nights) – CALL TO BOOK
Fantastic Fascinators: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November 2020 – £385 per person (2 nights) – CALL TO BOOK

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

Payment, Terms & Conditions

A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included? 

Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 

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).

16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor 
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your own way home

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.  Participants are advised to bring any small amounts of fabric, trims, ribbons, feathers and so on that you may wish to use, in your chosen colours. For the ‘New Hats for Old’ workshop weekend, old hats of sinamay, fine straw or felt can be magically transformed – so please bring them along.

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.

‘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.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’


Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. Tutor Clare Workman is more than happy to chat to students either by phone or email and answer any queries you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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