IN PICTURES - Photographer Tarquin Shaw-Young captures this year's Malvern Well Dressing Festival - The Malvern Observer

IN PICTURES - Photographer Tarquin Shaw-Young captures this year's Malvern Well Dressing Festival

Malvern Editorial 1st May, 2023   0

THE MALVERN Well Dressing Festival has returned with a ‘Kings and Queens’ theme ahead of the weekend’s coronation.

And Malvern photographer Tarquin Shaw-Young has been out and about capturing images of some of the offerings of the festival which runs until Sunday, May 7.

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The event celebrates Malvern’s iconic Victorian spring water wells and this year has seen them adorned with a wealth of royal decorations and creations.

A lot of planning has gone into the designs and the actual well-dressing began on Friday with judging starting on Saturday.

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Winners will receive prices, rosettes and certificates in Priory Park on May 1 bank holiday, where the May Day Water Festival also takes place.

The event celebrates the history of the Malvern Hills District, focusing on the iconic spring water and Victorian Water Cure.




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Malvern Spa Association is bringing the festival to the town with the help of local businesses and community groups.

Maps with well locations can be downloaded from the Visit The Malverns website or picked up from Great Malvern Tourist Information Centre, on Church Street.


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Entertainment has been livening up the town with singing, self-guided walks, well blessings, minibus tours and more.

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Today’s May Day Water Festival welcomes free and paid children’s activities including inflatable fun, face painting, circus skills workshop, Creative Clay workshops, live music and more.

Victoria Carman, visitor economy manager from Malvern Hills District Council said: “We’re getting very excited about the return of the much-loved Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival in this year’s theme ‘Kings and Queens’.

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“Thank you to everyone from the local community who has helped to dress a well, spring or spout for our annual celebration of Malvern Spring Water.

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“Please join us in Priory Park on Monday 1 May for our family fun day and prize giving ceremony.”

Visit www.visitthemalverns.org/welldressing for more information.

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