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Tissington starts Dales well dressings season

The beautiful estate village of Tissington starts the 2016 well dressings season in the Derbyshire Dales on Ascension Day, Thursday 5 May.

On show until 11 May, each of Tissington’s six wells are dressed by a team of 20-30 volunteers.

As the village only has 40 cottages and 150 inhabitants the teams are drawn from the local area including Ashbourne. The collages take roughly 200 ‘man hours’ to create and are often of biblical themes and images.

During well dressings week, the village, which has been in the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years, welcomes over 35,000 visitors and other attractions include Tissington’s tearooms, vintage sweet shop, butchers, craft shop, candle shop and trekking centre.

Tissington Hall is open to visitors between 12noon and 3pm on Monday 9 May, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th, with booking only required if a party is larger than 10 people.

The guest preacher at the 11am Blessing of the Wells Service on Ascension Day is the Rev Lee Townend, Diocesan Growth Officer. The service at St Mary’s Church will be followed by the procession and blessing of the wells.

Sir Richard FitzHerbert, owner of the Estate, said:

“The weather has been kind to us in the last week after a sunny dry spell . We are short of some flower colours but I am sure that, fingers crossed, we will have the six wells erected for Thursday 5th. It’s important to keep our traditions and we hope that our flower collages will be as captivating and inspiring as ever.”

Applying the finishing touches to this year

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