image for Well in the Making item typePleasley Well Dressing under Construction at Pleasley

Well in the Making, Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jul 2017, free entry

Dresing the Well at Pleasley

Dresing the Well at Pleasley


Val Gamble

01623 810035


Church Lane,
NG19 7TD

Events at this Venue


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 ...

Find out how a well dressing is created by watching the well dressers at work. After claying the board, work will begin on outlining and ‘colouring in’ the design using a wide variety of materials in addition to flower petals.

The Well will be dressed in the Pyddoke Room, accessed through St. Michael's Church, Church Lane, Pleasley (NG19 7TD). Please use small side door.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jul 2017 10:00 to 18:00


Free entry

Donations gratefully received



See location of Pleasley on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 384711  Lat: 53.23554 Long: -1.42613

From North/South
From M1 junction 29 follow A617 towards Mansfield for approx 3¼ miles. At roundabout take 2nd exit B6407 (Common Lane). Take 1st road on right (50 yards) and 1st right again (Church Lane).

From East
Follow A617 from Mansfield to Pleasley roundabout. Take 4th exit B6407 (Common Lane). Take 1st road on right (50 yards) and 1st right again (Church Lane).

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Stay in left land and, at traffic lights go straight on. When carriageway dividies, select right hand lane and, at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow A617 to M1 roundabout, select left lane and take 3rd exit (A617 towards Mansfield), then follow route from North/South.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Mansfield station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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