Course Details

Due to Covid 19 the 2020 Edinburgh Lace Course has been cancelled

The provisional date for next year is: 19 – 23 July 2021


The following was the information for the 2020 Course

This year’s Edinburgh Lace Course will be held at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Currie, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The work rooms will be the same as last year – the Carnegie and Wardlaw Rooms in The James Watt Centre.

This is a Residential/Non-Residential Bobbin Lace Course for complete beginners, advanced Lace Makers or any stage in between.  It will consist of morning and afternoon tutored sessions.  Monday 2-5pm, Tuesday – Thursday 9am-5pm with an hour for lunch and Friday 9am-4pm. The workrooms will be open in the evenings for those who would like to work untutored. Claire Bonito, Frances Bell, Kitty Mason and Carole Smith are booked to come as tutors.

Meal and Snack options during the week:

  • Breakfast is included with residential accommodation.
  • Coffee, lunch and tea: there are several places to eat on campus during the day.
  • Evening meals at the University will require to be pre-booked (more information later).
  • Evening meals should also be available at the Marriott Hotel.
  • NB: Part of our contract with the Conference Centre says:Except in exceptional circumstances, and only with prior written approval of the General Manager, visitors and delegates are not permitted to consume food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages on the Conference Centre premises that have not been supplied by the Conference Centre.
  • We have managed to negotiate the following:
    • The centre agrees that guests are permitted to consume food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased from all on-site retail outlets.

We are hoping to hold a Course Dinner on the Wednesday Evening.

Accommodation is likely to be in the Anna McLeod Hall of Residence, the same as last year. The bedrooms are single, en-suite, rooms with internet access and tea/coffee making facilities. They do not have  a TV,  hairdrier or radio/alarm clock. This accommodation is a 10/15 min walk from the James Watt Centre.  It has 2 disabled parking spaces at the front door and it’s own car park a little walk away. 

On the Wednesday we will have a Sales Day with Mainly Lace and Lace Guild Supplies. Your friends are welcome to come  between 11-3pm on that day to shop and/or to look at what people are making. 


  • £175 -Tuition only                  
  • £410 – Tuition + Residential (B&B)     

If you would like to reserve a place on the 2020 Edinburgh Lace Course please complete and return the application form.   Please enclose a £100 deposit for a Residential place and a £40 deposit for a Non-Residential place.  Your deposit is non-returnable except in special circumstances. Only bookings for the full Course will be taken until the end of May.  After that, if there are still spaces, bookings for part of the week will be considered.  

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Edinburgh Lace Course’.   If you would like a receipt for your deposit please enclose a SAE.   Final payment will be due not later than Monday 1st June. If you would like further information Contact Us

The Edinburgh Lace Course has an account with the Bank of Scotland. If you would prefer to transfer money directly into that  the details are as follows:

  • Edin Lace Course
    Sort code: 80 06 20
    Acc No: 00389920
    Acc No: 00389920
  • If paying from overseas the further information you need Is:
  • IBAN:  GB56BOFS80062000389920
  • BIC:  BOFSGB21362

If you would like to book a room for either the night before or the night after the Course it has to be done through us at the time of  booking. The  cost  is  £60  per night.

Please note places are allocated on a first come first served basis so, if you wish to make sure of a place, book early.


Alternative Accommodation Option on campus:

The Marriott Hotel  (CY)

Courtyard Edinburgh West

2 Research Avenue South

Edinburgh, EH14 4BA


Phone: 0131 526 3210

If you would like to choose  this option you will need to book the Hotel yourself and pay the Non-Residential Fee for the Lace Course.


Equipment required – see list

Map of HW Campus – see map

Travel directions to the University – see HW website


Alternative Accommodation OHotel information