Natural dye demonstration

See a demonstration of dyeing wool using natural items found around the estate

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Head to Swanley Grange between 12-4pm on Saturday 13th August and Saturday 17th September to see a demonstration on dyeing wool using natural items such as tree bark, leaves and flowers. We'll demonstrate how to dye wool on an outdoor cooking stove. Have a chat to our knowledgeable volunteers and see in action this ancient craft.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £18.70 £17.00
Child £9.40 £8.50
Family £46.80 £42.50
1 adult, 2 children £28.10 £25.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 14
N/A £16.15
Group Child
Minimum group size 14
N/A £8.08

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust & English Heritage members can visit free of charge as part of their membership. Please bring your membership card with you. We do not accept CSSC cards.

The basics

Children welcome
Meeting point
The demonstration takes place outside Swanley Grange, which is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre entrance. It takes place outdoors on a gravel pathway.
What to bring and wear
Please wear sturdy footwear and be aware that there are some uneven ground and steep slopes on site.
The demonstration can be accessed via level ground from the Visitor Centre. There is a steep hill to access Swanley Grange if arriving at the West Gate or Studley entrances. There is no seating at the demonstration.
In the event of bad weather, this event may be cancelled.

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

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