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Holymoorside Well Dressing Under Construction

Type:Well in the Making

Cotton Mill Hill
S42 7EG
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'Barking' the design


Come and see the volunteers constructing the 2020 well dressings at Holymoorside!

Once the subject for the well dressing design is selected – an anniversary or celebration – the team meets to prepare the drawings. The boards are filled with wet clay (on Saturday 22 August 2020). then the design is outlined on the clay base using small pieces of wood known as ‘barking’. Flowers and natural materials, which have been donated from gardens in Holymoorside or found in the hedgerows around the village, are then added to the clay to complete the design. The well dressers use whole flower heads and seed heads rather than individual petals to dress their well.

The village dresses 3 wells on the same site and the wells are floodlit.

Loads Lane, near the foot of Cotton Mill Hill, opposite the Recreation Ground (S42 7EG)

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted.



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Well Dressing under construction (22 Aug 2020 - 26 Aug 2020)
Saturday - WednesdayOpen

* General Opening Text

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at next roundabout take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select middle lane and go straight on. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) take 2nd exit (A619). At next roundabout (Morrison's) select right hand lane and take 2nd exit (A619). Follow road for approx ½ mile and at traffic lights select left lane and go straight on (A619). Pass Brookfield School on right and continue for just over ½ mile then turn left (Holymoor Road, signposted Holymoorside). Follow road for approx 1 mile into village.  At the Bull's Head, turn left into Cotton Mill Hill.  The wells are on the right opposite the recreation ground.

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

From West Follow A619 towards Chesterfield. Pass Robin Hood pub on left and Highwayman Pub on right. Descend hill (road splits into 3 lanes). Pass petrol station on left and take next right signposted Holymoorside. Follow road for approx 1 mile into village. At the Bull's Head, turn left into Cotton Mill Hill.  The wells are on the right opposite the recreation ground.


Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 4½ miles away

Bus number 91 from Chesterfield town centre, approximately one per hour

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Thursday, 27th August 2020 - Sunday, 13th September 2020

Holymoorside Well DressingHolymoorside Well DressingWell dressers in Holymoorside use whole flower heads and seed heads rather than individual petals to dress the well. The village has 3 wells on the same site and the wells are floodlit. Blessing service Thursday 27 August 2020, 7pm at the well.
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