Well Dressing 2017

Buxton Well Dressings on display

2nd to the 10th of July at St Ann’s Well in the Crescent, Higher Buxton Well on the Market Place and the Children’s (Taylor) Well in Spring Gardens.

The Wells Blessing Service Procession starts outside St Ann’s Church, Bath Road at 1.45pm on Sunday 2nd July.

Carnival Day Procession starts 2pm prompt Saturday 8th July.

Welcome to the Buxton Wells Dressing website

Welcome to the official web site of the Buxton Well Dressing Festival, featuring our latest news and information about the history of Well Dressing which first began in Buxton in 1840.

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 the Carnival

In 1840 the residents of Higher Buxton were overjoyed when freshly piped water was made available at the Market Place Fountain courtesy of the 6th Duke of Devonshire.

As a thank you to the Duke’s workmen, the townsfolk hurriedly arranged a floral dressing on the Fountain, followed by a tea party and then a procession of Brass Bands accompanied by dancing children.

That is how the Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival Parade started in 1840, a custom that continues today and is now a proud part of Buxton’s great heritage.

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