Blessing of the Wells

Some photos from this years Carnival Wednesday.

Photo credit to our Facebook friends Tim Vickers, Jenny Exford & Nick Shaw.

Considered the official beginning of the Carnival Week Celebrations, the parade through the village brings with it the Blessing Of The Wells. This year this will take place on the evening of Wednesday 12th August from 6.30pm onwards. The parade starts at the top of Barlow at St Lawrence's Church and will continue throughout the village with the sounds of The Castleton Silver Band playing throughout, until it reaches the Village Green at the bottom of Valley Rise on the Village Green.

Before this however, the church will open from 10am for morning coffee and refreshments in the marquee and will be serving cream teas and cakes from 2.30-2pm. This years theme is 'British Sitcoms'. Next, we have a service at 6.30pm from the church where the wonderful flower arrangements will be on show throughout.

There will be more entertainment over the course of the evening with the village Maypole dancers, Morris dancers and of course the food and drink on offer at Award Winning Tickled Trout pub.

The Scarecrow's will be out throughout the village from 9am for judging (winner will be announced on Carnival Saturday) so join the hunt! Maps will be available at the local pubs The Hare & Hounds and The Trout, Hackney House Tea Rooms and The Old Post Office Milcross Lane... hunt wisely - some of them tend to try and hide...!


...And if THAT'S not enough entertainment for your Wednesday evening, it is also the opening night of Barlow Funfair!

So come and join us - this is a night not to be missed!

All week from Wednesday 12th - Tuesday 18th August coffee, tea, cakes and other refreshments will be on offer throughout the village. As detailed above cream teas will be available at St Lawrence's Church, Barlow Methodist Church will be serving refreshments from 11am-9pm Wed 12th, 11am-6.30pm Thurs 13th&Fri 14th, 11am-5pm Sat 15th, Sunday 16th 2pm-5pm and Monday 17th 11am-5pm.

There will also be a Sunday Service at The Methodist Church at 10.45am & 6pm (joint with St Lawrence).

One of the Wells for 2014 unveiled today!
One of the Wells for 2014 unveiled today!

The start of Carnival Week is marked by the unveiling of the Village Welldressings, the dressers have worked hard all week to ensure their creations are ready in time, donations from which go to support local good causes 


More information on welldressing can be found  at


On the Wednesday evening a church service takes places from which each of three welldressings are blessed cumilating in a maypole display led by local children on the  village green.


A map of all the carnival attractions is available here


As well as the Welldressings there is also Flower Festivals in both the Methodist Chapel & St Lawrence Church.


Below is a short video of the Flower Displays and Welldressings from 2013, better still why not come and visit them in person!