This ancient custom is unique to Derbyshire. The 1st Whitwell Scout and Guide Group has been creating well dressings for over 50 years, starting in 1972. It is the main fundraising event of the year.
The designs are drawn on paper, laid over wet clay and the image 'pricked out' using cocktail sticks. The 'dots' are joined then overlaid with wool. The picture is then created using all fresh and dried natural materials sourced locally. Villagers in Whitwell dress 2 wells.
The Square (S80 4QR)
Village Green, High Street (S80 4RF)
Blessing Service is on Saturday 9th July at 2pm followed by Cream Teas in the Community Centre.
There will be other events during the week following the blessing but these are to be confirmed and will be published on Whitwell Well Dressing and 1st Whitwell Scout and Guide Group Facebook pages.
The public are welcome to come and have a try at Well Dressing any evening from 7pm from Monday 4th July at the Scout and Guide HQ on the Recreation Found off Welbeck Street, Whitwell.
Admission free, donations gratefully accepted
- Disabled access
- Children welcome
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted
|08/07/2017 (9 July 2022 - 15 July 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 19:00|
Map & Directions
From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A616 (signposted Worksop). At roundabout take 1st exit onto A619 (signposted Worksop). Follow road and pass Van Dyk Hotel on right. Continue on A619 for approx 1½ miles then turn right onto B6043 and follow road approx ½ mile to The Square in Whitwell.
From East Follow A619 from Worksop (towards Chesterfield). Pass Half Moon Inn on right. Continue on A619 for approx ¼ mile and turn left onto B6043. Follow road approx ½ mile to The Square in Whitwell
From West Take A619 from Chesterfield (towards Worksop). Pass through Brimington, Staveley and Barlborough. Continue on A619 and pass Van Dyk Hotel on right. Follow road for approx 1½ miles then turn right onto B6043 and follow road approx ½ mile to The Square in Whitwell.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station Whitwell (on Robin Hood Line)
Bus 77 from Chesterfield town centre, twice per hour