The history of well dressing is a little vague – the practice may have begun with the Celts and been discouraged by the early Christians, or it may have been a thanks from Tissington in 1349 for escaping the plague. However they started, well dressings have spread throughout the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District and beyond. Tideswell is one of the many villages that continues the tradition of both Wakes Weeks and the well dressing.
Tideswell's Wakes Week 2013 starts on 22 June, with the blessing of the wells, the crowning of the Wakes Queen and a torchlit procession. There's plenty going on during the week, including Tideswell Memories from Tideswell Community Players, written by Nick Brelsford and based on stories from Tideswell's Living History project. The week culminates with Big Sat'dy – a carnival day with a steel band, floats, fancy dress and a market.
Come and see the well dressings, enjoy a traditional Wakes Cake from Tindall's and browse round all that Tideswell has to offer.