Colour Chemistry from Nature’s Rainbow

Calendar Icon Mon 19 Aug 2024 - Mon 17 Feb 2025
Clock 10:00 - 15:00
Tag £2.50
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Calling all future chemists!


Did you know that there are so many amazing colours that can be created from plants?


Join Pontefract Castle for a series of workshops to investigate natural dyes, inks and stains.


Be inspired by our medieval garden and the plants that were grown there in the past.


Try a new technique in every session!


These STEM workshops are funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.



  • 19 August 2024: Learn about how indigo and woad plants can be used to create brilliant blue fabric using oxidisation.

  • 28 October 2024: Make your own paint brushes from natural materials. Use your new brush with plant-based inks. Discover what plants were used in medieval times to make inks.

  • 17 February 2025: Learn about anthotype photography. Discover some of the first types of photography by creating prints from the sun and natural stains.


Further sessions on 7 April 2025, 27 May 2025, 11 August 2025 and 18 August 2025 will be available to book at a later date.


*At 10am on each date there is a relaxed SEND session of this workshop.

SEND groups are always welcome at all our sessions.

Pontefract Castle are also running these SEND sessions for visitors who benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere.


Venue opening hours

Monday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Relaxed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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Colour Chemistry from Nature’s Rainbow

19th August 2024
10:00 - 12:00
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19th August 2024
13:00 - 15:00
28th October 2024
10:00 - 12:00
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28th October 2024
13:00 - 15:00
17th February 2025
10:00 - 12:00
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17th February 2025
13:00 - 15:00

Venue Details

Find us at

Castle Garth, Pontefract, WF8 1QH

Phone

01977723440

Email

castles@wakefield.gov.uk