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||2019 date|
|Wirksworth||25 - 29 May|
|Middleton by Youlgrave||25 - 31 May|
|Monyash||25 May - 3 June|
|Tissington||30 May - 5 June|
|Cressbrook||8 - 15 June|
|Little Longstone||13 - 20 July|
|Wyaston & Edlaston||15 - 21 June|
|Ashford in the Water||15 - 22 June|
|Norbury Primary School||21 - 28 June|
|Litton||22 - 30 June|
|Over Haddon||22 - 30 June|
|Tideswell||22 - 29 June|
|Youlgrave||22 - 27 June|
|Rowsley||29 June - 6 July|
|Bakewell||29 June - 8 July|
|Matlock (Princess Diana Memorial Garden)||29 June - 8 July|
|Matlock Hurst Farm||1 - 8 July|
|Hathersage||6 - 13 July|
|Pilsley||11 - 18 July|
|Great Longstone||13 - 20 July|
|Stoney Middleton||20 - 28 July|
|Bonsall||27 July - 2 Aug|
|Bradwell||3 - 10 Aug|
|Great Hucklow||8 - 14 Aug|
|Taddington||17 - 23 Aug|
|Foolow||24 Aug - 2 Sep|
|Eyam||24 - 31 Aug|
|Wormhill||24 - 31 Aug|
|Hartington||7 - 14 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.