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Well Dressing in Derbyshire 2017

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 2017


Etwall Well Dressings 20 May 2017 - 22 May 2017

Tissington Well Dressings 25 May 2017 - 31 May 2017

Middleton by Youlgrave Well Dressing Saturday 27th May Friday 2nd June

Youlgrave Saturday 17th to 22nd?

Ashford-in-the-Water Well Dressing 10 June 2017 - 18 June 2017

Over Haddon Well Dressing 2017: 24th June -1st July

Buxton Well Dressing 2 July 2017 - 10 July 2017

Chesterfield Well Dressing 9 Sept 2017 - 16 Sept 2017

Not complete (mar 2017). 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.

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






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