Brief History

Well Dressing is an ancient custom, dating back to Roman and Celtic times, when communities would dress wells to give thanks for their fresh water supplies.

This tradition continues in many towns and villages in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

2018 Well Dressings

On display from 8th – 16th July. Blessing Service Sunday 8th. Carnival Day Saturday 14th.

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

Welcome to Buxton Well Dressing website.

Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival is celebrated each year during the first two weeks of July. In 2018 it will be 178 years since the tradition first started in Buxton.

These events would not happen in Buxton without the great community support we receive. We struggle each year to get enough people to lend a hand. There are many different and varied tasks. If you can spare a few hours at different times please get in touch.

History of Buxton Well Dressing

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

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

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