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Derbyshire Well Dressing in 2014

Well dressing is one of the best known and most popular and colourful customs in Derbyhire and the Peak District. Well dressing dates back hundreds of years, and though there have been religious associations, the true origins remain unknown. Every year from May to September thousands of visitors from both the UK and abroad travel to the Derbyshire in order to see the well dressings displayed in over 80 Derbyhire and the Peak District villages and towns.

Each village taking part in this custom has its own jealously guarded version and designs worked out months beforehand are not revealed until the last possible moment.

Todays wells are decorated with flower petals, berries, moss, cones and seeds, which are pressed into clay held in a wooden framework. It is a difficult task combining hard work and artistic dexterity. The locally dug clay is cleansed of all impurities and is often mixed with salt and trod to the right consistency. The frames are then soaked to prevent the clay from drying out. The frames often have rows of protruding nails which help to prevent the damp clay from falling away when the frames are standing.

Some villages allow you to view the making of the Well Dressings and the Dressings often form part of a village or town festival which might continue for afew days or longer. The Wells are also usually blessed at about the same time as they go on display.

Derbyshire and Peak District Well Dressing dates for year 2014

Newborough Well Dressing Mon 5 May 2014
Etwall Well Dressing Festival will be held on Saturday 17th to Monday 19th May 2014
Brackenfield Well Dressing Sat 24 - Mon 26 May 2014
Middleton by Youlgrave Well Dressing Sat 24 - Sat 31 May 2014
Wirksworth Well Dressing Sat 24 - Wed 28 May 2014
Tissington Well Dressing Dates 29th May 4th June 2014
Cressbrook Well Dressing Sat 7 - Sun 15 Jun 2014
Disley & Newton Well Dressing Sat 14 - Thu 19 Jun 2014
Mayfield Well Dressing Sat 14 - Fri 20 Jun 2014
Youlgreave Well Dressing Sat 21 - Thu 26 Jun 2014
Bakewell Well Dressing Sat 28 Jun - Sun 6 Jul 2014
Elmton (nr Creswell) Well Dressing Sat 28 Jun - Sun 13 Jul 2014
Old Whittington Well Dressing Sat 28 Jun - Sat 5 Jul 2014
Coal Aston Well Dressing Sat 5 - Wed 9 Jul 2014
Dore Well Dressing Sat 5 - Mon 14 Jul 2014
Wessington Well Dressing Sat 5 - Mon 7 Jul 2014
Upper Langwith (nr Bolsover) Well Dressing Thu 10 - Sun 13 Jul 2014
Cutthorpe (nr Chesterfield) Well Dressing Fri 11 - Sun 20 Jul 2014
Dronfield Woodhouse Fri 11 - Thu 17 Jul 2014
Millthorpe (Nr Holmsfield) Well Dressing Sat 12 - Sun 20 Jul 2014
Pleasley (nr Mansfield) Well Dressing Sat 12 - Wed 16 Jul 2014
Ault Hucknall Well Dressing Sat 19 - Sun 27 Jul 2014
Glapwell Well Dressing Sat 19 - Sun 27 Jul 2014
Great Longstone Well Dressing Sat 19 - Sat 26 Jul 2014
Heath Village (nr Chesterfield) Sat 19 - Sat 26 Jul 2014
Rowthorne Well Dressing Sat 19 - Sun 27 Jul 2014
Stoney Middleton Well Dressing Sat 19 - Mon 28 Jul 2014
Barlborough Well Dressing Sat 26 - Wed 30 Jul 2014
Bradwell Well Dressing Sat 2 - Sat 9 Aug 2014
Clowne Well Dressing Sat 2 - Fri 8 Aug 2014
Wingerworth Well Dressing Sat 2 - Sat 9 Aug 2014
Barlow (nr Chesterfield) Well Dressing Wed 13 - Tue 19 Aug 2014
Great Hucklow Well Dressing Thu 14 - Sat 16 Aug 2014
Taddington Well Dressing Sat 16 - Sat 23 Aug 2014
Holymoorside (nr Chesterfield) Well Dressing Fri 22 Aug - Thu 4 Sep 2014
Foolow Well Dressing at Foolow Sat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014
Chesterfield Well Dressing Sat 13 - Sat 20 Sep 2014

Not complete (Feb 2014). Dates liable to change. Please check again nearer the event or by checking at Tourist Information Centres They will also supply dates for the construction of these well dressings.

See also

Other Derbyshire and Peak District Attractions

Derbyshire and Peak District Accommodation

Peak District Guide

Other Derbyshire and Peak District Events

For photos of Well Dressing in Derbyshire please see Derbyshire Well Dressing Photographs.

Many gardens are open for charity during the spring and summer months. For Derbyshire and Notts Gardens and more informsation on the National Gardens Scheme please see NGS

For further informatiom please contact one of the tourist information centres which can be found at Tourist Information Centres

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