Etwall is an old Saxon settlement located to the south-west of Derby.
The importance of wells to the village is apparent from its name, written 'Etewelle' in the Doomsday Book. Well dressing was first celebrated in the village in 1970 and takes place over the third weekend of May each year.
This year, Etwall will be celebrating over 50 years of well dressing with 8 sites to visit, as well as the opportunity to have-a-go at well dressing under expert supervision. Both churches will also have themed floral decoration.
A blessing of the wells service will take place at 11.30am on the Saturday to officially open the Festival. However, all the well dressings can be viewed from mid-morning onwards.
In addition to the well dressings there will be a variety of family entertainment on the Saturday and Sunday including:
A flypast by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster(tbc); traditional dancing; live music; mini traction engine rides; face painting; puppet shows; fairground rides; football, rugby and bowls competitions; a climbing wall and birds of prey.
There will also be an art exhibition, crafts fair, a classic vehicles display, a well dressing archive display, a local history display, a special cake competition and auction-off and a Children's Trail.
Home-made food and refreshments will be available. There are also three centrally located pubs in the village.
Admission is free, although donations can be given to this year's Well Dressing beneficiaries in the yellow collection boxes by each well.
|Season (21 May 2022 - 23 May 2022)|
|Saturday - Monday||10:00||- 06:00|
Map & Directions
From Derby: A38 south for 3 miles, then A516 (Etwall).From Burton: A38 north for 5 miles, then A50 (Stoke), exit at jct 5 (Etwall).From M1: Exit at jct 24/24a onto A50 (Stoke), exit at jct 5 (Etwall).From Stoke: A50 (Derby), exit at jct 5 (Etwall).
Public Transport Directions
There is a regular Trentbarton bus service, 'The Villager', that runs between Derby and Burton and picks up at Etwall.Monday - Saturday: The Villager service is every 30 minutes (both ways).Sunday: The Villager service is about every hour (both ways).