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Fan Making Workshops

Learn fan making techniques from our experienced tutor

The Fan Museum offers fan making workshops, bookable online, for anyone wishing to try their hand at fan construction, from beginners right the way up to experienced makers who want to meet like-minded people.

What does a fan making workshop entail?

Participants join experienced fan maker, Caroline Allington, for a three hour session in the Museum on the first Saturday of each month. Each person attending will create two common types of fan: the fontange and the traditional folding fan.

Two sets of fan sticks are included in the workshop price and each participant will be required to bring two sheets of unfolded paper (non-glossy wrapping paper is ideal, no tissue paper or foil please) at least A3 in size. Implements and glue are also provided.

A tea/coffee break will be included during each session. Each workshop session will also feature a brief introduction to the historic use (and different styles) of fans by Caroline and the Museum Director and Founder, Mrs Hélène Alexander MBE.

Workshop group sizes are limited to 6 people to ensure that each participant will receive adequate guidance from our facilitator.

Please note: These workshops are very popular and spaces are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Dates for the workshops are as follows:

Saturday 6th August

Saturday 3rd September

Saturday 1st October

For small groups who would like to book a private fan making workshop, please contact the Museum Office and one of our team will be more than happy to assist.


Private Fan Making Workshops

For small groups of 6-8 people, we may be able to arrange a private fan making workshop in our Orangery space. Please be advised that any potential dates will need to be cross-referenced with our facilitator’s before they can be confirmed.

Due to the cultural nature of any such bookings, not premises hire is charged. As a private fan making workshop does still constitute a booking, however, it is bound by our Terms and Conditions (see bottom of hyperlinked page).

For further information about private fan making workshops or to enquire about booking one for your small group, please contact the Museum Office .

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Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
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Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

Group Bookings

Please note: We will be closed Saturday 27th August.

The Fan Museum cannot accept any new guided tour/private event bookings for September 2022. The Museum will otherwise remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

Thank you for your understanding.