Chesterfield Well Dressing

Type:Culture/Heritage

The Town Pump, Chesterfield Market, Market Place, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1PB
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Chesterfield Well Dressing 2019 - Beauty and the Beast

About

Well dressing is an ancient custom unique to Derbyshire. Chesterfield began well dressing in 1864 when the Town Pump in Market Place was decorated after a very dry summer. The custom died out, but was revived in 1991 when a well was dressed as part of an exhibition about Derbyshire traditions.

Well dressing is the art of making pictures using only natural materials, but this doesn’t explain how such intricate and detailed pictures can be made using only seeds, berries, leaves, flowers… Look at the pictures – can you see where we used dried camomile flowers, rowan berries, lavender, melon seeds, peppercorns, onion skin and chrysanthemum and gerbera petals?

There will be two well dressings on show in Chesterfield town centre this year as well as a well dressing at Spital Cemetery.

Well Locations
‘Crooked Spire’ Church Porch (S40 1XJ)
Market Place on Town Pump, opposite Primark (S40 1PJ)

Blessing Service
Saturday 12 September 2020, 10am at ‘Crooked Spire’ Church (S40 1XJ)

Groups welcome. Free coach parking by arrangement – book with Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (Tel: 01246 345777)

Guide Prices

Admission free
Donations gratefully accepted.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties - Free parking available - book in advance with Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (Tel: 01246 345777).
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

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. Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield - 10 to 15 minute walk

All busses to Chesterfield town centre

Opening Times

Season (12 Sept 2020 - 19 Sept 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 16:00

* Blessing Service
Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am at ‘Crooked Spire’ Church (S40 1XJ)

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