• May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wirksworth Market Place

During the Spring Bank Holiday, many towns in Derbyshire give thanks for the gift of Water, with this unique and fascinating process of ‘Dressing the Wells’.

Well dressing is a beautiful and  popular custom, particularly in Derbyshire and the Peak District, in which springs and wells are decorated with panels worked in flower petals and other natural materials to form a design. Religious scenes are common but not exclusively so. The custom seems to date back to the eighteenth century at least, though it has become much more widespread in modern times.

In Wirksworth, the Well Dressing tradition is supplemented by a Carnival procession on the Monday Bank Holiday.

Townsfolk process around the town in Fancy Dress and with specially decorated Carnival floats.


Details of Road Closures during the Bank Holiday weekend.



Comments (3)

  • Alice Sanders

    Sounds fantastic but what time is the Carnival Floats please? Thanks.

  • Marina Quick

    Hi, I have a photo of the Wirksworth well dressing queen from 1970, I think her name was Jane ? she was the daughter of my parents friends called Muriel and Ray who lived in Wirksworth. Would you like a copy for your archives? Also do you have a list of past Dressing Well Queens? Many thanks

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