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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  2018 date
Tissington 10 - 16 May
Wirksworth 26 - 29 May
Ashford in the Water 26 May - 3 June
Middleton by Youlgrave 26 May - 2 June
Monyash 26 May - 3 June
Litton 23 June - 1 July
Over Haddon 23 June - 1 July
Tideswell 23 June - 1 July
Rowsley 24 - 30 June 
Youlgrave 25 - 30 June
Bakewell 30 June - 8 July
Hathersage 7 - 14 July
Pilsley 9 - 14 July
Great Longstone 14 - 21 July
Stoney Middleton 21 - 30 July
Bonsall 28 July - 5 Aug
Bradwell 4 - 11 Aug
Great Hucklow 9 - 18 Aug
Taddington 18 - 24 Aug
Foolow 24 Aug - 3 Sep
Eyam 25 Aug - 2 Sep
Wormhill 25 Aug - 1 Sep
Hartington 8 - 15 Sep

We advise checking the dates before travelling.

Origins

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.

 

Tourism

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