Malvern Water and Well Dressing Festival Returns 4 – 12 May 2024

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Malvhina Fountain 2021 Well Dressing Copyright Sue Warner

The Malvern Water and Well Dressing Festival is set to return better than ever for 2024.

The popular festival, which will be held from 4 – 12 May 2024, will see many wells, springs and spouts creatively decorated according to a selected theme. This year the theme is ‘Trees’ so wells will be dressed in everything green and arboreal. Download the full map of all the wells below.

The annual event celebrates the history of the Malvern Hills, from its iconic spring water and Victorian Water Cure to the area’s ancient Pagan traditions. It is brought to the town by the Malvern Spa Association with local businesses and community groups taking part. It’s a big occasion, last year over 800 people took part in dressing the wells, springs and sprouts.

Take a walking tour across the Malvern Hills to discover the decorated wells on foot, or book onto one of the mini bus tours that take you on a 90 min tour of the best spots. Tickets are £17.50 per person and are available to purchase from Malvern Tourist Information Centre.

The Water Festival Family Fun Day and Well Dressing Prize Giving event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May Day with a combination of family fun activities, live music, street entertainers and much more!


Friday 3 May at 6.30pmThanksgiving by Eileen Tomlinson. St. James Churchyard.
Saturday 4 May at 4pmBlessing at Malvhina by Rev. Rod Corke.
Sunday 5 May at 10amBeautiful music by Ray Mytton. St. Ann’s Well.
Sunday 5 May at 3pmBlessing at Hayslad by The Druids.
Wednesday 8 May at 6.30pmBlessing at Hayslad by Rainbow Guardians.
Sunday 12 May at 11amSing for the Trees at St. Ann’s Well.
Sunday 12 May at 3pmClosing ceremony at Rosebank Gardens with Julia.


Friday 3 MayWell dressing day
Saturday 4 MayWell dressing judging all day.
Saturday 4 May Mini Bus Tours at 10:30am & 2:30pm
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5th MayBritish Dowsers Annual Symposium at Malvern Cube.
Saturday 4 MayThe Mayors Peaks Challenge.
Saturday 4 MayMalvern Arts Market in the Priory Grounds.
Sunday 5 MayMini Bus Tours at 10:30am & 2:30pm
Monday 6 MayWater Festival Family Fun day in Priory Park.
Monday 6 MayMini Bus Tours at 10:30am & 2:30pm
Monday 6 MayThe Spirit of Malvern en plein air painting competition.
Tuesday 7 MayMini Bus Tours at 10:30am & 2:30pm
Wednesday 8 MaySome dressings taken down.
Sunday 12 MayDressings down.

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Malvern Hills District Council only recommends drinking Malvern Water from Malvhina Fountain in Great Malvern.

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