Malvern’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated with the return of the inspiring Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival. Famously quoted as having ‘the godliest view in England’, the Malvern Hills definitely have the ‘wow’ factor, and even more so during the Well Dressing & Water Festival. Visitors can view wonderful creations across hills, on foot, by bicycle, on a self-drive tour or via our popular mini-bus guided tours.
The annual FREE festival celebrates Malvern’s history, from the iconic spring water and Victorian Water Cure to the ancient pagan traditions and is brought to the town by the Malvern Spa Association with local businesses and community groups taking part.
Explore 60 wells dressed with imaginative designs at your own pace around the Malvern Hills
Health & Well Being Fair at Rose Bank Gardens
Malvern Spring Arts and Food Market in Great Malvern Priory Church Grounds
Family Fun Day in Priory Park with prize ceremony for Best Dressed Wells.
60 wells, springs and spouts will be decorated with imaginative designs, as well as a wide variety of family-friendly activities including the family fun day in Priory Park.
Decorations will be on display from Saturday 2nd May until Sunday 10th May, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy to explore the hills. The majority of the wells will be dressed until Sunday 10th May, allowing visitors to the RHS Spring Festival the chance to experience well dressing around The Malverns.
The 2020 theme for the Well dressing is ‘Yellow’, and going by last year’s designs for ‘Flight’, we’ll be in for a treat. Tour at your owni leisure or book a mini-bus early to avoid missing out! The Malvern Spa Association have also launched some Well Dressing walking trails so you can explore on foot at your leisure. Find out more about the Well Dressing Walks.
On Saturday 2nd May, as well as touring the wells, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a Health and Wellbeing Fair in Rose Bank Gardens and browse the popular Malvern Spring Arts and Food Market in the Priory Grounds back for its thirteenth year in partnership with Boffy Markets who provide only the highest quality of stallholders.
The family fun day has moved to Saturday 9th May due to May Day becoming VE Day. Come and experience an array of activities for the children in Priory Park, which will be buzzing with activity, including bumper carz, a bounce and slide, a surf simulator, hook a duck, live music, circus skills and lots more fun and entertainment. In addition, the popular Xplorer Trail for kids will return in partnership with Freedom Leisure, as well as the historic Victorian Water Cure Re-enactment and the Well Dressing Prize Giving ceremony.
Over the weekend, the wells will also receive special Blessings from various religious groups, including the Diocese, Druids and Buddhists.
Please view some of the Well Dressing photographs from the 2018 ‘Year of the Woman’ below. Special thanks to Barbara Meddows, Helen Burrage and Rick Banbury for allowing us to use their images.