The dates listed may be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and subject to change/cancellation
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||2020 date|
|Tissington CANCELLED||21 - 27 May|
|Wirksworth CANCELLED||23 - 30 May|
|Middleton by Youlgrave CANCELLED||23 - 30 May|
|Monyash CANCELLED||23 - 31 May|
|Ashford in the Water CANCELLED||6 - 13 June|
|Norbury Primary School CANCELLED||12 - 19 June|
|Wyaston & Edlaston||13 - 19 June|
|Litton CANCELLED||20 - 27 June|
|Tideswell CANCELLED||20 - 28 June|
|Youlgrave||20 - 25 June|
|Over Haddon POSTPONED||27 June - 4 July|
|Bakewell CANCELLED||27 June - 6 July|
|Matlock (Princess Diana Memorial Gardens)||4 - 11 July|
|Pilsley CANCELLED||9 - 16 July|
|Little Longstone||11 - 18 July|
|Matlock Hurst Farm|
|Great Longstone||11 - 18 July|
|Stoney Middleton CANCELLED||25 July - 2 August|
|Bradwell CANCELLED||1 - 9 Aug|
|Taddington CANCELLED||22 - 28 Aug|
|Foolow||29 Aug - 7 Sep|
|Wormhill||29 Aug - 5 Sep|
|Hartington||12 - 19 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.