image for Craft Centre item typeWoad Centre

Craft Centre, free entry


Mrs Bernadette Howard

01362 860218


Woad Barn,
Rawhall Lane,
Beetley, Dereham,
NR20 4HH

Woad Centre

Woad Centre


Woad has been grown in Europe as a dye source since the Stone Age but production in England declined because of imported indigo from South East Asia and the development of synthetic indigo. Now this ancient craft is having a revival in the heart of Boudicca's Iceni countryside.

Woad-inc is the trading name of a Norfolk farmer and wife team who have reintroduced woad to the county and processes a form of natural indigo pigment from it. They also grow weld from which they extract a yellow dye.

The Woad Centre houses a presentation on contemporary woad production together with an explanation of the traditional process. It also houses a shop in which Ian and Bernadette have a range of textiles which they have piece dyed, as well as a fine display of garments and homewares commissioned from local artisans using yarn dyed with their plant pigment.

The Woad Centre has a designated room for group workshops, talks and the woad exhibition.
Pigment and textile purchases can also be made on line and over the telephone.

"Thank you so much for the woad talk and dyeing demonstration that you gave our Guild on Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed it and came away fired up to do more woad dyeing. It is a wonderful diversification and the way you have carried it forward so passionately is a real inspiration to farmers and crafts people alike!"

"Thank you so much for such prompt service. I love each of the items I ordered."

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPostboxPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed


Free entry



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Map reference: TF 947183  Lat: 52.72727 Long: 0.88187

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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