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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  2019 date
Wirksworth 25 - 29 May
Middleton by Youlgrave 25 - 31 May 
Monyash 25 May - 3 June
Tissington 30 May - 5 June
Cressbrook 8 - 15 June
Little Longstone 13 - 20 July
Wyaston & Edlaston 15 - 21 June
Ashford in the Water 15 - 22 June
Norbury Primary School 21 - 28 June
Litton 22 - 30 June 
Over Haddon 22 - 30 June 
Tideswell 22 - 29 June 
Youlgrave 22 - 27 June
Rowsley 29 June  - 6 July
Bakewell 29 June - 8 July
Matlock (Princess Diana Memorial Garden) 29 June - 8 July
Matlock Hurst Farm 1 - 8 July
Hathersage 6 - 13 July
Pilsley 11 - 18 July
Great Longstone 13 - 20 July
Stoney Middleton 20 - 28 July
Bonsall 27 July - 2 Aug
Bradwell 3 - 10 Aug
Great Hucklow 8 - 14 Aug
Taddington 17 - 23 Aug
Foolow 24 Aug - 2 Sep
Eyam 24 - 31 Aug 
Wormhill 24 - 31 Aug 
Hartington 7 - 14 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.

 

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