Have a go at natural dye

See wool dyed all sorts of colours in our natural dye demo over an open wood stove, then have a go with a cold dye bath in Swanley Grange workshop.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Dip your cloth into the prepared dye and see how it turns out. If you are feeling really creative, have a go with tie dye.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £18.50 £16.80
Child £9.25 £8.40
Family £46.25 £42.00
One adult family £27.75 £25.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 16
N/A £14.40
Group Child
Minimum group size 16
N/A £7.20

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 and English Heritage members free (except English Heritage corporate and education memberships). Free admission to St Mary's Church.

All members need to bring their cards, including family passes. 

A family ticket includes 2 adults and 3 children. Under 5s go free. 

The basics

Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Swanley Grange. You can find this old farm build on the way down to the abbey from the visitor centre.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
4 April 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Available
6 June 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Available
4 July 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Available
1 August 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Available
5 September 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Beginners running club at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Wed 29 Jan 2020
Join this new beginners running club to gently build up your strength and stamina with the help of our England Athletics trained run leaders.

Pilates in Fountains Hall

Thu 30 Jan 2020
Get yourself moving this winter with a pilates class in Fountains Hall.

Winter garden tours

Sat 01 Feb 2020
Join a free tour to learn more about the Aislabies, the father and son who created this World Heritage Site water garden.

Winter abbey tour

Sat 01 Feb 2020
If these walls could talk… Join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.

Wild wellbeing walk around Studley Royal deer park

Sun 09 Feb 2020
Start the year with an invigorating Sunday morning walk enjoying the scenery and wildlife of Studley Deer Park.

Pick up a welly wander trail

Sat 15 Feb 2020
Introduce the kids to the sounds and smells of the landscape this February half term. Pull on your wellies and pick up a trail sheet to engage their senses while surrounded by nature and have a stomp and splash about outside in the fresh air.