Well Dressing

The next village well dressing will be May 9th - 15th 2024

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact the events team on

01335 352200

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Ascension Week Derbyshire Well Dressing

Discover the Tradition of Well Dressing

Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire, Tissington Village is renowned for its picturesque charm and rich traditions. One of the most celebrated events in the village is the annual Well Dressing festival, a unique and captivating tradition that dates back centuries.

What is Well Dressing? Well dressing is an ancient custom that involves decorating wells and springs with intricate and beautiful designs made from natural materials such as flowers, petals, leaves, and seeds. This tradition is believed to have originated as a way of giving thanks for clean water.

Tissington Well Dressing Festival

The Tissington Well Dressing is one of the oldest and most famous in Derbyshire, attracting visitors from far and wide.

The festival usually takes place during Ascension Week, a religious observance that occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday.

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Derbyshire Well Dressing

The Art of Well Dressing

Here’s what you can expect when you visit:

Stunning Displays: Witness the creation of stunning well dressings by talented local artists. Each well is transformed into a work of art, with intricate designs that often depict religious, historical, or local themes.

Village Atmosphere: Experience the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Tissington Village. Stroll through the charming streets, enjoy the beautiful countryside, and take in the quaint, historic architecture.

Traditional Celebrations: Participate in traditional celebrations, including church services, processions, and village fairs. The well dressings are blessed in a special ceremony, adding a spiritual dimension to the event.