Buxton Well Dressing

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Postponement of Buxton Well Dressings and Carnival 2021

We are sad to announce that the Buxton Well Dressings and Carnival have been postponed and will not go ahead in July as originally hoped.

The continuing uncertainty and risks involved with the pandemic have led us to this decision. The safety of the hundreds of people involved in the preparation for the events is of utmost importance to us and was our primary consideration.

We are hoping to hold the Buxton Well Dressing Festival in some form in the late summer/early autumn.


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.