How do I rent a hat?

It’s really very easy.

First, contact Jenny to arrange an appointment, then meet her at her home near Lewes (see our map), where you can see and try on a range of potentially suitable hats. The hats shown on this site are for guidance only – Jenny has many more. And it is essential to see, feel, and try on hats with your outfit, so you will need to bring that with you, and this will maximise the chance of finding the hat that’s just right for you.

Jenny is very experienced in giving guidance and making suggestions if needed, taking into account the occasion, your age, and your favoured ‘look’ – but do bring your partner or a friend if you feel another opinion would help!

Once you have chosen your hat, you pay the rental fee – generally this is £25, but some of Jenny’s very special hats do cost a little extra. There is also a returnable £20 deposit when you collect the hat.

Please feel free to give Jenny a call or send an e-mail once you have ideas for your outfit and she can go from there.
+44 (0)1825 723 746


I live abroad but am coming to the UK and need to hire a hat – can Sussex Hat Hire help?

Jenny gets a lot of requests to hire hats from people flying in to Gatwick airport from overseas, and is always happy to help visitors to the UK with their hat hire requirements!


Why are you raising money for charity?

Hat Hire in Sussex for Weddings, the Races, and all special occasions

What do you do when a passion becomes an obsession? Start a charity hat hire enterprise!

Over the past 10 years, Sussex Hat Hire founder Jenny Rimmer has amassed a collection of over 300 hats.

Soon after starting to collect hats, her friends began asking to borrow them. And then their friends asked to borrow them too. And when they asked if she wanted any payment, Jenny suggested a donation to her favourite charity: the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Jenny herself still makes no profit from Sussex Hat Hire (formerly Jenny’s Hat Hire). After costs for new stock and hat boxes, Jenny gives the proceeds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

An Occupational Therapist by profession, Jenny has encountered too many patients with MND. At her local hospice she saw at close quarters  what people with this horrible disease suffer. Unlike many more well-known health charities, the Motor Neurone Disease Association is more reliant on its fundraising in order to continue its vital research.

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