Buxton Well Dressing

Welcome to Buxton Well Dressing website.

The Buxton Well Dressing Festival organising committee have decided to cancel this year’s festival that was due run between 5th to 12th July 2020. In the light of coronavirus, and the uncertainty this creates, we have decided to cease preparations to avoid unnecessary expenditure.


Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival is celebrated each year during the first two weeks of July. In 2020 it will be 180 years since the tradition first started in Buxton.

These events could not happen in Buxton without the great community support we receive. We could always use the help of a few more willing volunteers, if you could spare just a couple of hours 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.

Other Well Dressing festivals

There are many Well Dressing festivals within Derbyshire and the High Peak. Click here to visit VisitPeakDistrict website.