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Well dressings & open gardens

The custom of dressing wells with petals in clay originated here in the Derbyshire Dales.

  • A list of Derbyshire well dressings can be found here.
  • A list of open gardens in the Derbyshire Dales can be found here.
 Derbyshire Dales well dressing  2017 date
Tissington 25 - 31 May
Wirksworth 27 May - 2 June
Middleton by Youlgrave 26 May - 2 June
Monyash 27 May - 4 June
Ashford in the Water 10 - 18 June
Marston Montgomery 11-18 June
Norbury 16-23 June
Flash 17-24 June
Litton 17-25 June
Tideswell 17-25 June
Youlgrave 25-30 June
Bakewell 24 June - 1 July
Over Haddon 24 June - 2 July
Hathersage 1 - 8 July
Pilsley 13 - 19 July
Great Longstone 15-28 July
Little Longstone 14-21 July
Stoney Middleton 22 - 31 July
Bonsall 29 July - 4 Aug
Bradwell 5 - 11 Aug
Great Hucklow 10 - 19 Aug
Taddington 19 - 25 Aug
Eyam 26 Aug - 3 Sep
Foolow 26 Aug - 3 Sep
Hartington 9 - 16 Sep

We advise checking the dates before travelling.


According to the welldressing.com website, the true origins of well dressing are lost in the mists of time.

Many sources suggest it developed from a pagan custom of making sacrifice to the gods of wells and springs to ensure a continued supply of fresh water.  Like many folk traditions, it was later adopted by the Christian Church as a way of giving thanks to God for water.

Tradition has it that it took on a special significance in 17th century Derbyshire as various villages, notably Tissington, gave thanks for their deliverance from the Plague which had decimated another Dales village, Eyam.



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