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 fresh water supplies.

The tradition continues in scores of towns and villages between May and September each year…..

Buxton Well Dressing needs you!

Because this is such a huge community event, we do rely on the support of many volunteers to perform many different jobs such as Petallers, Carnival Marshals and many other tasks.

If you could spare a couple of hours to help ensure the continuation of these historic traditions then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Welcome to Buxton Well 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 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 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.

And so began Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival Parade, a custom that survives today as a proud part of Buxton’s great heritage.

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