The beautiful village of Tissington leads the way here in the Derbyshire Dales as another blooming marvellous well dressings season bursts into life this week.
Tissington's six wells will be unveiled on Ascension Day this Thursday, 14 May, following 200 hours of work to create this year's themes and images - and thousands of visitors will pour into the village until 20 May.
Vicar of Tissington, the Rev Andy Larkin will take the 11am Blessing of the Wells service and lead his fellow clergy in a procession around the village. Guest preacher this year is the Rev Chris Kennedy from Derby Cathedral.
Well dressings in Monyash, Middleton by Youlgrave and Wirksworth follow on 23 May.
View the full well dressings list and open gardens too in our 2015 Floral Dales brochure [PDF 3.66MB].
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.