- May 27, 2017
- 8:00 am
- Wirksworth Memorial Hall
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 end of May Bank Holiday Monday (Usually the last Monday in May – in 2017, this will be 29th May).
Townsfolk process around the town in Fancy Dress and with specially decorated Carnival floats, Dressed Wells, special market stalls, the famous wheelbarrow race and other events.
Not to be missed!
2017 – This year sees the return of the famous #WirksworthWheelbarrowRace, in which participants take turns pushing each other from pub to pub, drinking a beer (or soft drink) at each pub.