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21st May, 2022

PICTURE SPECIAL - Thousands flock to Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival

THOUSANDS of people flocked to to annual Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival.

The event took place between Friday and Sunday and saw more than 850 people decorated 54 wells, springs and spouts in a ‘Literature’ theme.

The family fun day.

Among the designs were The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Piers Ploughman, The Secret Garden and many more creative designs.

Organised by Malvern Hills District Council in partnership with Malvern Spa Association, a Family Fun Day was held on bank holiday Monday where up to 2,000 people took part in a range of activities and entertainment.

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Children played on the newly revamped play area and participated in the Freedom Leisure Xplorer Trail and water-inspired rides which entertained families.

People participated in circus skills, clay pottery workshops, a Victorian Water Cure re-enactment, and the Well Dressing Prize Giving Ceremony as well as listening to live music performed by local musicians in the bandstand, including Journeyman and The Boatman and Friends.

Rick Banbury at Hayslad

The festival has been deemed a success and saw a 30 per cent rise in footfall in Great Malvern compared to the previous week.

Rick Banbury, Organiser of the Great Malvern Well Dressing and Water Festival, said: “So, 2022 was another scrumptious year for the Well Dressing Festival.

“Eight adult gold rosettes were awarded to well dressings that were both delightful and enheartening with their vitality and technical accomplishment.

“These dressings were the flagships for a great community endeavour of dressing 54 wells around Malvern.”

Weavers Trough. Picture by Dan Smith

Coun Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “It was wonderful that we got to experience Great Malvern’s traditional Well Dressing Festival again.

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“We are so fortunate to have such a supportive and involved community who are keen to celebrate the area’s rich history.

“Well done to everyone involved in creating such fantastic pieces, highlighting our beautiful wells, springs, and spouts.”

West Malvern Tap. Picture by Rick Banbury

Visit visitthemalverns.org/welldressing for more information on the festival.

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