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|
|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.