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Well Dressings 2019

During the summer months in the Peak District & Derbyshire the unique spectacle of well dressing takes place.  This ancient custom celebrates water and the life it brings with living art installations that decorate village wells.  Legend has it that the custom started to give thanks for those spared from the plague.

Well Dressings are pictures made from growing things (wool‚ bark‚ cones‚ flower petals‚ berries‚ leaves seeds and other natural materials)‚ constructed on a bed of soft clay spread over a wooden board and erected at the site of a spring or well.  These pictures (or murals) depict a wide range of themses from biblical stories‚ historic events - even Disney characters!  Dressing a well can take a team of skilled people up to a week to produce and the finished well will only last a week or so before the flowers fade and the clay dries and cracks.

Rowsley well dressing goes up on 29th June.  The following is a list of dates for other well dressings in the area:

25-29 May = Wirksworth

25 May-1 June = Middleton by Youlgreave

25 May-3 June = Monyash

30 May-5 June = Tissington (5 wells & Tissington Hall is also open during that week for tours)

15-22 June = Ashford in the Water (4 wells)

22-27 June = Youlgreave (5 wells)

22-30 June = Over Haddon

29 June-8 July = Bakewell

6-13 July = Matlock

13-20 July = Great Longstone & Little Longstone

24-31 August = Eyam

7-14 September = Hartington

This is not a complete list by any means.  Details of others can be found at

DATED: 14/04/2019

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