A Brief History of Well Dressing

Buxton Well Dressing is an ancient custom unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire, and is thought to date back to Roman and Celtic times, when communities would dress wells to give thanks for their fresh water supplies.

The tradition continues in many towns and villages between May and September each year.

Buxton Well Dressing needs you!

This event would never happen without the many volunteers who help out every year. Whether it’s applying petals in the church or helping as a Steward on Carnival Day, more help is always needed…

…YOU can help keep this local tradition alive so PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Welcome to Buxton Well Dressing website.

2018 dates as follows:- Well Dressings on display from 8 – 16 July. Well Blessing Service Sunday 8th July. Carnival Day Parade Saturday 14th July.

Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival is part of a historic tradition, celebrated in towns and villages throughout the Peak District and Derbyshire. This custom occurs between the months of May and September each year.

History of Buxton Carnival & Well Dressing

In 1840 residents of Higher Buxton were overjoyed when fresh water became available at the Market Place Fountain. As thanks to the Duke’s workmen local people arranged a floral dressing with a tea party followed by a procession of Brass Bands and dancing children.

That is how Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival Parade began, a custom that continues today as a major part of Buxton’s great heritage.

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