Elmton Festival June 23th- 25th 2017

Elmton Village, Derbyshire are celebrating the annual Elmton Festival with Well Dressings, classic cars and open gardens!

Five gardens are open to the public with plants on sale on Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. The gardens are Wilmots, Pinfold, Elmwood House, Pear Tree Cottage and Ashlea. Last year this scheme raised £2.7 million nationwide for caring and cancer charities. There is a small entrance fee of £5 for the five gardens. One of these gardens, Pinfold was the 2012 winner of the East Midlands in Bloom Best Residential Garden award. Elmton Village itself was the 2015 and 2016 winner in the East Midlands in Bloom Small Village category, gaining a Silver Gilt award.

More information on these gardens can be found here.

The 2017 Well Dressings will go on display in Elmton Village, near Creswell, Derbyshire on Friday June 23rd. Elmton villagers have been creating Well Dressings since 1986. This is a dedicated community effort involving local people and the residents of the small picturesque village of Elmton, a village that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.


All the Well Dressings will be revealed on Friday June 23rd at 7:00pm when the traditional ‘Blessing of the Wells’ service led by the  Rev. Liz Kirby takes place. Each well is visited in turn, blessings are given and songs sung accompanied by Whitwell Community Choir. The well dressings remain on public display for the next fortnight.

Other events across the festival


The renowned cream teas will be on sale in the Old Schoolroom next to the church from 1:00pm – 5:00pm on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June. If you prefer a meal the Elm Tree Inn serves food all day.

A photographic exhibition will be on show at the Church produced by the Local History Group. Exhibits focus on the history of local residents.

There will be a guided walk round the area with local archaeologist Matt Beresford looking at the latest discoveries made within the area during the past eight years of excavations.

An archaeology exhibition can be visited at the Carriage House opposite Elm Tree Farm. This features discoveries from recent archeological excavations along with items found by residents in their gardens.

This year sees the return of the Shirebrook Miners Welfare “B” Brass Band playing on Saturday afternoon in the courtyard of Elm Tree Farm.

A collection of classic cars will be on show at Elmwood House which is also one of the gardens open to the public.

Chalico Farm will be hosting a display of classic Minis to view in the courtyard of the farm.

Friday June 23rd                     4:00pm            The Well Dressings go on display

7:00pm            Blessing of the Wells Ceremony

Saturday June 24th             13:00-17:00          NGS Open Gardens – 5 gardens to visit

Sunday June 25th                                       Cream Teas in the Schoolroom

Classic cars at Elmwood House

Classic Minis at Chalico Farm

Brass Band at Elm Tree Farm (Saturday 2:00 – 4:00pm)

Local History Group photographs in the Church

Local Archaeology Exhibition in the Carriage House

Guided Archaeology Walks


For further information or to help with decorating the well dressings contact either:

Barry Davies ​​01909 720346   07970 784012

Judith Duvall​​ 01909 722806​ 07724 131027

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