Route for Buxton’s blessing of the wells parade

Buxton Wells Dressing, the service at the Childrens Well, 2015
Buxton Wells Dressing, the service at the Childrens Well, 2015

The time honoured tradition of blessing Buxton’s well dressings will take place this weekend.

For 176 years the people of Buxton have been blessing the water wells around the town, and this year will be no different and the well dressing festival will start at 1.45pm at St Anne’s Church, on Sunday, July 3.

Festival volunteer John Moss said: “I have been involved with the festival for five year, as a child there was nothing more exciting than seeing the carnival and all the wells dressed up.

“So many people give so much time to this and it’s great to see the children’s faces when it all comes together.”

The well dressing procession which will include the deputy mayor of the High Peak, Matthew Stone, along with clergy and ministers, starts at 2pm from the church.

The blessing procession will go along Bath Road, past the Sawn Hotel, across the Market Place where the well will be blessed, down Terrace Road, right at Potter’s shop on to Hardwick Street, into Spring Gardens by Argos, along to the end where the children’s well will be blessed.

John said: “We don’t know yet whether the procession will be able to get down to St Anne’s well by the Crescent with all the work going on, but we hope we can.”
The procession will continue on to St John’s Church where the new queen, Paige Farlam, will be crowned by the guest of honour Netta Christie.