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Join us for a Spring bonfire and celebration of colour. There are three different elements to this event. All are welcome to attend any or all the events, no booking required. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Our Planet Dyeing

Seminar Room One, Pilkington Library (entrance level)

Small sample pots with lids containing different coloured natural dyes and some of the natural materials used to make them in a pile in the background

A showcase of sustainable textiles and natural dye projects by students from the BA Textiles Sustainability Group. This will include free demonstrations and presentations. You are welcome to drop in anytime between 12pm and 2pm.

Members of the public are able to access the library for this event but in order to comply with library regulations, please bring photo ID with you if possible. Under 18s should be accompanied by an adult but will not require their own photo ID.

Barefoot Holi Fire Ceremony

Barefoot Orchard (opposite University Lodge, near to Pilkington Library)

A cast iron fire pit with a lit fire and an arm reaching in

Photo courtesy of Ismail Khodon @ismaildiverse

Fruit Routes will be holding a fire ceremony in the Barefoot Orchard to celebrate the Spring Equinox, which coincides with many traditional festivals observed around the world that mark the beginning of Spring.

Artist Saintly Amok will lead a ritual gathering witnessed by fire to mark this critical time of year when we metaphorically burn all that is redundant and scatter seeds that represent the new. The fire ceremony will commence at 2pm.

Barefoot Colour Play

Barefoot Orchard (opposite University Lodge, near to Pilkington Library)
Approximately 3-5pm

Close up of a pale pink/white flower against bright green leaves

The artist has taken inspiration from the change in season and the colours that the environment bursts into at this time of year. Based on the Festival of Holi, which is celebrated in Gujarat in India, amongst other regions, people are invited to embrace their playful and youthful nature and transgress social norms by throwing colours at each other. The colour play will end with sharing some Springtime teas and Holi treats.

All powder colours being used are non-toxic and water-soluble (natural vegetable dyes and cornflour) and can be easily washed off. We recommend you wear washable light coloured clothes for the best experience of colour throwing!

This event is part of Sustainability Fortnight at Loughborough University. Events and activities are taking place across campus for staff and students to learn more about their role in helping to create a more sustainable future. Visit the Sustainability Fortnight webpage


Barefoot Orchard is on level ground. There will be some seating in the orchard.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements then please let us know in advance by emailing Sustainability@mailbox.lboro.ac.uk.

Getting here

For information on travelling to the University campus visit the location webpage on the University website.


Parking on campus is restricted and visitors are required to register their vehicle and pay to park. Visitors should use the main entrance on Epinal Way. The nearest car park is opposite Pilkington Library. For information on registering and paying to park please visit the parking pages of the University website.