Woolly wells in Bakewell

Well Knitted: Carol Mycock, Hannah Greatorex, Daphne Cox, Mary Rowley, Brenda Kirk and Kate Greatorex of the Stitched Up knitting group pictured with ther knitted well dressing design which depicts traditional scenes from Bakewell and the Derbyshire countryside.
Well Knitted: Carol Mycock, Hannah Greatorex, Daphne Cox, Mary Rowley, Brenda Kirk and Kate Greatorex of the Stitched Up knitting group pictured with ther knitted well dressing design which depicts traditional scenes from Bakewell and the Derbyshire countryside.
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Bakewell Carnival Week is almost upon us and this year it will have a very special feature on show - its first ever knitted well dressing.

Craftwork group Stitched Up have been hard at work on the woollen creation for the past few weeks.

The group meets every Friday night at Wye Needlecraft on Matlock Street in Bakewell.

Group leader Kay Greatorex said: “As far as we know no one’s ever knitted a well dressing before. It’s been going really well so far. Everyone’s knitting their own little bits for it and we’ll be putting them all together just before the carnival.”

The well dressing will be going on display in the window of Wye Needlecraft during carnival week.

Bakewell Carnival Week starts with The Day of Dance on Saturday, June 25 and ends with the Carnival Parade on Saturday, July 2, followed by a United Church Service on the Sunday.

On Wednesday, June 22 there will be carnival prize bingo at Bakewell Working Men’s Club at 8pm.

On Saturday, June 25, the Day of Dance kicks off with dance groups of all types performing around the town. There will be daytime dance workshops held in the town hall and there will be an evening dance at 7.30pm in the town hall. Tickets are £6 and £4.

Well dressings will be on display around the town from Saturday, June 25.

On Sunday, June 26, the fell race takes place, starting from Bakewell Recreation Park at 11am. There are two different courses for different abilities and there will be souvenir Bakewell puddings for the first 100 finishers in each race. Entry is £4 on the day.

On Monday, June 27 there will be a raft race practise at 6.30pm and a darts competition at the Wheatsheaf Hotel at 8pm.

On Tuesday, June 28, there is a children’s pet competition at the recreation ground at 6.30pm and a pool competition at the Queens Arms on Bridge Street at 8pm.

The annual duck race takes place on Wednesday, June 29, starting from Bakewell Bridge at 7pm and there will be a pub quiz at the Manners Hotel at 8pm.

The raft race takes place on Thursday, June 30. Starting at 7pm, the course runs from Wyn Meadow to Big Bend and there will be a prize for the best decorated raft. Entry is £4 for a team of two, entry forms available from Bakewell News.

On Friday, July 1, there is a wheelbarrow and welly race at 7.45pm starting at Bakewell Bridge.

Actress Rita May, of Coronation Street and Early Doors fame, will be opening Bakewell Carnival on Saturday, July 2. From 1.30pm onwards she will be meeting visiting carnival queens and at 2.30pm she will crown this year’s Bakewell Carnival Queen, Lauren Naylor.

The procession will begin at 3pm and there will be sideshows and entertainment held on the recreation ground throughout the day. Traffic delays are expected between 3pm and 4pm.

On SUnday, July 3, the Carnival Week ends with the outdoor united church service at 11am on the recreation ground.