After two years of Covid disruptions, Tissington is the first of 15 towns and villages across the Dales with well dressing festivals between now and the middle of September.
This year the conflict in Ukraine is part of the village’s thoughts. Yew Tree Well designer Mervyn King has incorporated the Ukraine colours of yellow and blue in his design of the headdress of Tutankhamun.
"As a village we would like to give our support to the people in Ukraine who are suffering as part of the conflict. David at the Edward & Vintage sweetshop will be donating part of his proceeds on Friday to the Ukraine Appeal. All of Tissington and the Wells Team would like to show unity for the cause."The pandemic put paid to the 2020 and 2021 celebrations and the well dressers and Tissington's villagers are thrilled that once again they will be able to show off their skills to create magnificent collages from flowers, petals and other natural materials. The themes are usually of a Christian nature although celebrations and commemorations are featured on the side boards.
Tissington, which will welcome an estimated 35,000 visitors in the week-long festival to 1 June, has six teams of 20-30 volunteers that combine to contribute to each of the wells dotted around the 17th century village.
During the week the Well Dressings Committee organises a one-way system through the village to help with traffic movement. Car parking this year will cost £3 (coaches £15). All proceeds from the week go to charities both local and national.
Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Sir Richard FitzHerbert, owner of the Tissington Estate, said:
"We are really thrilled that well dressings can take place this year after all the restrictions of the past two years.
"Everyone in the village has missed the well dressings, not just for the fun that we all have getting them ready, but also the great feeling of community that it entails. We look forward to seeing as many visitors as possible over the week."Both Wirksworth and Middleton-by-Youlgrave launch their well dressings festivals from this Saturday (28 May). View the full list here on our website.