image for Well in the Making item typeChesterfield Well Dressing under Construction at Chesterfield Market

Well in the Making, Mon 4 - Fri 8 Sep 2017, free entry

Outlining the Design

Outlining the Design


Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre

01246 345777/8


Market Place,
S40 1PB

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An ancient custom that's only found in or around the borders of Derbyshire. Well dressing might date back to the Celts, or perhaps even earlier, but what exactly is it? At its simplest, well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. But this doesn't explain how well dressers make such intricate and detailed pictures using only flowers, berries, leaves ... Last year, Chesterfield's well dressing used dried chamomile flowers, peppercorns, rowan berries, laburnum pods, thistledown and melon seeds, as well as other dried and fresh plants and flowers.

Find out how a well dressing is made by watching the well dressers at work. After claying the board, work will begin on outlining and ‘colouring in’ the design. Dried materials such as straw, alder cones and peppercorns will be used early in the week. Rowan berries will add some colour on Wednesday but fresh flowers won't be added until Thursday as they will be the first to fade.

Our theme in 2016 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and featured Mrs Tiggywinkle, Gemima Puddleduck and Mrs Josephine.

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Nearest Tourist Information Centre
Chesterfield (Tel: 01246 345777/8)

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Changing places toilet available in Market Hall.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 4 - Fri 8 Sep 2017 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

Donations gratefully accepted



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Map reference: SK 382710  Lat: 53.23465 Long: -1.42914

Chesterfield Market is signposted from all town centre car parks.

From North/South
Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Coach Station on left), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right lane and, at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take 1st left and car parks on left and right

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road (surface car parks). Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill West) and turn into car park on left or right.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Changing places toilet available in Market Hall.

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