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.
|Derbyshire Dales well dressing||2022 date|
|Tissington||26 May - 1 June|
|Wirksworth||28 May - 5 June|
|Middleton by Youlgrave||28 May - 4 June|
|Monyash||3 - 10 June|
|Ashford in the Water||11 - 19 June|
|Tideswell||19 - 26 June|
|Bakewell||25 June - 2 July|
|Youlgrave||25 - 30 June|
|Over Haddon||18 - 25 June|
|Matlock||3 - 9 July|
|Rowsley||25 June - 2 July|
|Stoney Middleton||23 - 31 July|
|Bradwell||30 July - 6 Aug|
|Taddington||20 - 26 Aug|
|Wormhill||27 Aug - 4 Sep|
|Hartington||10 - 17 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.