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.
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.