Well Dressing

Well Dressing and Glorious Gardens


In Derbyshire you will find the unique local custom of Well Dressing.  An ancient tradition which celebrates the gift of natural pure water throughout the County. 


The wooden frames are filled with clay and then a design is etched into the surface.  A colourful picture is then produced by using seeds, petals and other natural materials.  You will find there are now several towns and villages carrying out the tradition each year.  If you would like to see how a well dressing is made or to have a go yourself then look out for the demonstrations - you may be able to get involved and learn the skills. 


Once the Wells are dressed, then a 'Blessing Ceremony' usually takes place before the display is left for everyone to admire.


For a programme of Amber Valley well dressings in the area click here or take a look in the brochure library.  Well Dressings usually take place around the country from May to September. 


 Well Dressing

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