Local Customs or Attractions - of Interest to Tourists?

    Local Customs or Attractions - of Interest to Tourists?

    post #1 of 23
    Thread Starter 
    When a child, Well Dressing was a local feature and it is Well Dressing season in Derbyshire in the U.K. at the moment.
    It appears that this was originally a Pagan custom, but it has spread in recent years and is now being enjoyed by many local communities.
    Pictures are made using flower petals.


    post #2 of 23
    Very interesting. Had never heard about this before. Is this only in one area of the UK or throughout?
    post #3 of 23
    Thread Starter 
    It was mainly done in villages in Derbyshire, although the idea has recently spread to urban communities too.
    Pictures of this year's efforts do not appear to be available yet as it's the start of the season.
    post #4 of 23
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    Originally Posted by lpp View Post

    It was mainly done in villages in Derbyshire, although the idea has recently spread to urban communities too.
    Pictures of this year's efforts do not appear to be available yet as it's the start of the season.
    How long do the festivities last?
    post #5 of 23
    Thread Starter 
    It seems to last through the summer months these days but, from memory, groups of villages used to time their displays to coincide although it may have spread more of late.
    They are very beautiful close up.
    post #6 of 23
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    It seems to be a much more prolonged season these days. 

     

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    post #7 of 23
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    It seems to be a much more prolonged season these days. 

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    Do the petals emanate from particular flowers or can be from any flower for the purpose of decoration?
    post #8 of 23
    Thread Starter 

    They used to use anything available, I think, set in wet clay. It may have changed a bit since the 1960's!

     

    I think that the displays used to be literally 'well' (or possibly, spring) dressings, but it appears that this may no longer be the case.

    post #9 of 23

    seems different

    post #10 of 23
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    Originally Posted by lpp View Post

    They used to use anything available, I think, set in wet clay. It may have changed a bit since the 1960's!

    I think that the displays used to be literally 'well' (or possibly, spring) dressings, but it appears that this may no longer be the case.
    Have you ever been personally involved in creating any displays in your area or region?
    post #11 of 23
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    Not this sort! We just used to visit these on exploring trips when in that area of the country.

    I did some tree conservation ones a while back.

    Do you have these sorts of localised traditions?

    post #12 of 23
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    Originally Posted by lpp View Post

    Not this sort! We just used to visit these on exploring trips when in that area of the country.
    I did some tree conservation ones a while back.
    Do you have these sorts of localised traditions?
    I'm sure they must exist in "Small Town America" but I wouldn't know where to point to. I'm an urban soul and have never seen anything vaguely similar in my surroundings.
    post #13 of 23
    Thread Starter 

    We still have all sorts here and they seem to be trying to adapt them.

    Not exactly a local custom, but there are Petrifying Wells in that part of the country, where people dip things in mineral rich water and they eventually end up petrified. Tourist places 'though.

     

     

     

    Maybe someone else can find some strange local pastimes too?

    post #14 of 23
    Interesting.

    Thanks for sharing.
    post #15 of 23
    Thread Starter 

    You're welcome, hedonist :)

    post #16 of 23

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I don't know whether this post is slightly off-topic, but it may be a thought worth sharing which immediately came to my mind. 

     

    These flower-based decorations remind me of a local tourist attraction in one of the towns of my homeland (located at a distance of about 250 from where I live now).

    A huge public clock, located somewhere the an inner city area of TimiÈ™oara. 

    Flowers/flower arrangements/flower beds are the main "building material"  of this clock (while the mechanical part is, certainly, consisting of more conventional materials, the flowers are still the most visible, especially in warmer seasons). Unlike the thread-starting pictures, it's not linked to any custom, tradition and special occasions, it's only limited to a single location alone and little more than a very elaborate urban amenity, but is pleasant to look at just the same. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I've only seen it a few times, while passing by in a car, yet was impressed even without having the time to stop and admire extensively. 

    post #17 of 23




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