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Elmton Well Dressing

Type:Well Dressing

St Peter's Church
Markland Lane
S80 4LX
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Elmton Well Dressing


The ancient custom of Well Dressing is only found in Derbyshire and is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials.

Well dressing has taken place in Elmton for over 30 years and the village displays three well dressings. The two smaller boards are designed and completed by children from Creswell Infant and Nursery School and Hodthorpe Primary School..

Elmton open gardens takes place on 29 and 30 June 2019 from 1pm to 5pm when the School Room next to the church opens to serve cream teas. The Elm Tree Inn also serves food all day from 12noon.

Well locations
Village Well outside the Restored Carriage House on the East side of main street near the southern end of the village (S80 4LS)
Near the bend of Spring Lane at the northern end of the village (S80 4LX), made by staff and children of Creswell Nursery and Infants School
Churchyard of St Peter's Church, Markland Lane, children (S80 4LX), made by the children of Creswell Junior School

Blessing Service
Friday 28 June 2019. 7pm at St Peter's Church (S80 4LX)

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted



  • Disabled access


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted

Opening Times

24/06/2017 (29 June 2019 - 12 July 2019)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 19:00

* Blessing Service
Friday 28 June 2019, 7pm at St Peter's Church (S80 4LX)

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow A616 through Clowne to Creswell. Go under railway bridge and take 2nd right turn (Elmton Road). Follow signposts to village which has just one road through it.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. Select right lane and, at next roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach junction with M1 and take 1st exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at junction 30 then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Creswell 1½ miles away

No buses run to Elmton but bus 77 goes from Chesterfield town centre to Creswell twice per hour

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Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019

Dressing the wellElmton Well Dressing Under ConstructionFind out more about this ancient Derbyshire custom by watching the well dressers at work, from outlining the design to ‘colouring in’ the picture using only natural materials, both dried and fresh.
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