MALVERN Well Dressing Festival is set to return this year with a theme which will appeal to keen bookworms everywhere, writes Holly Martin.
The popular event with its literary theme will run from April 30 to May 8.
It starts with the dressing of the wells on April 29 with the judging taking place on April 30, and a prize giving with rosettes and certificates presented in Priory Park on bank holiday Monday (May 2).
The annual event, brought to the town by the Malvern Spa Association with local business and community group participation, celebrates the history of the Malvern Hills District, from its iconic spring water and Victorian Water Cure to the area’s ancient Pagan traditions.
Around 200 adults and over 500 school children will be involved in dressing the wells across Malvern.
Visitors can view the wonderful creations by setting off across the hills on foot, by bicycle or on a self-drive tour with maps that can be downloaded from the Malvern Well Dressing Facebook page or from Malvern Tourist Information Centre.
Entertainment taking place includes singing, well blessings, minibus tours and more.
Coun Daniel Walton, Malvern Hills District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development, said: “We are really looking forward to the return of the Well Dressing Festival – it is such a great opportunity to celebrate Malvern’s history, and this year’s theme will also give people the chance to celebrate Malvern’s literature connections too.
“It is always great to see the local community coming together to dress the wells and springs around Malvern.”
Rick Banbury, Well Dressing Organiser added: “Well Dressing will explore the theme of Literature this year and what a rich seam it is.
“Malvern already has a grand literature heritage with connections from the Middle Ages with William Langland to the more contemporary Barbara Cartland, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.
“Come May Day we shall hope to be delighted with many rich tableaux of literary inspiration.”