Buxton Well Dressing

Welcome to Buxton Well Dressing website.

This year’s Buxton Carnival took place on Saturday July 9th 2022.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Well Dressing and Carnival. We hope you all had a great time. We have received many wonderful comments about the fantastic Well Dressings, and many thankful people who attended the Carnival day. What a great day!

We now start the planning for next year’s event!

We rely on volunteers throughout the year to organise this fantastic yearly event. If you can spare an hour or two please contact us at any time by clicking the button below and completing a contact form.

The 2023 Well Dressing will run from 2nd to 8th July.

2022 Well Dressing

Book on Buxton Well Dressing published

It was a long held dream of Anne Gould, who had dressed the Buxton wells since 1987, to publish a book on Buxton well dressing. This book is based on the extensive archive collected by Anne. Sadly Anne died in 2019 and the book is dedicated to her memory and her love of the art of well dressing.

The book tells the story of the start of the Buxton well dressing from 1840 onwards, against the back -drop of the town’s history. It is fully illustrated with over 90 photographs of wells dressing.

The book is available to purchase at many locations around Buxton; all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Buxton Well Dressing Festival to help keep this beautiful tradition alive.

Buxton Well Dressing and Carnival to return in 2022

This year people can expect the usual two week event.

Committee chair Richard Lower said: “Saturday, July 9 – mark that date on your calendar because fingers crossed if nothing changes the carnival will be taking place then. ”

“The well dressing will take place beforehand and the fair is coming back too.”

Richard said: “Organising the carnival is a big job. It takes months of planning and lots of volunteers beforehand and marshals on the day to make it happen.”

“Our last carnival was 2019 so I’m delighted to be back this year but since then people have either moved away or are unavailable so we could really do with some more volunteers.”

“We know there is an appetite for people to come to the carnival but we would love it if you could spare a few hours to make it run as smoothly as possible.”

We have many opportunities for volunteering as both the Well Dressing festival and carnival are organised by volunteers. We work closely with the council but provide all the organisation ourselves. We always require many people on the week of the festival to help organise and marshal the parade as well as prepare the well dressings. Our organising committee meets throughout the year and is always looking for people to lend a small amount of time to ensure this local community festival continues.

If volunteering is not for you please consider donating to the charity. There are several options listed on the right of the screen. The Well Dressing festival and carnival relies on donations and volunteering to continue.

https://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/buxton-carnival-organisers-in-plea-for-more-volunteers-3617543

History of Buxton Well Dressing

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

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.

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.

We have many opportunities for volunteering as both the Well Dressing festival and carnival are organised by volunteers. We work closely with the council but provide all the organisation ourselves. We always require many people on the week of the festival to help organise and marshal the parade as well as prepare the well dressings. Our organising committee meets throughout the year and is always looking for people to lend a small amount of time to ensure this local community festival continues.


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.