• 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.

Saturday 26th May

St Mary’s Church

10:45AM  Blessing of the Wells

12PM Crowning of the Carnival Royalty

Maypole dancing


2-4PM  Jazz and Swing with Kal’s Kats

Market Place

7:30PM  Wheelbarrow Race


8:30-11:30PM  disco: “through the ages”


All day fair on the car park

Memorial Hall

All day indoors Craft fair


Sunday 27th May

Hope and Anchor pub

5PM  treasure hunt!

Memorial Hall

All day indoors Craft fair

Recreation ground

9:30AM 5-a-side football tournament



All day fair on the car park

Monday 28th May

Throughout town

1PM  The Carnival Procession

Market place

2PM  Live music carnival finale

Memorial Hall

All day indoors Craft fair


All day fair on the car park


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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