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Chesterfield Well Dressing under Construction

Type:Well in the Making

Chesterfield Market
Market Place
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1PB
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Tel01246 345777

Outlining the Design

About

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.

Venues
Pavements Shopping Centre (next to Massarella's) (S40 1PA), 9.30am – 4pm
‘Crooked Spire’ Church Porch (S40 1XJ) 10am – 4pm

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

Guide Prices

Donations gratefully accepted

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Opening Times

Season (3 Sept 2018 - 7 Sept 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield - 15 minutes walk

All busses to Chesterfield town centre

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