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Outdoor Event, from 1 Oct 2016

The Old Smokey.

The Old Smokey.



01629 761110


Derwent Gardens,
Matlock Bath,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 29 Oct Fireworks
Sat 29 Oct Matlock Bath Illuminations


Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent on Saturday and Sunday evenings in September and October from 10 September.

Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate 10 themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models are mounted on rowing boats and parade on the River Derwent each Saturday (7.45pm and 9.15pm) and Sunday (7.30pm) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and luminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

There's a fantastic firework display every Saturday evening from 17th September, which sees the skies around Matlock Bath lit up in multi-colours. The firework display begins at 9pm with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

Themed nights:-
In addition to the fabulous parade of decorated boats, situated down in the Derwent Gardens every Sunday during the 2016 Matlock Bath Illuminations features a special "theme" and a feast of family entertainment, culminating with our 'Spookfest' on the final night of the season on Saturday 29 October. So dress to impress and enjoy the following themed nights aimed at our younger visitors.
Sci-fi Night

Sunday 2 October from 6pm

Live Characters will be Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and ALO
ET will be on the red carpet
Guides providing activities and crafts with your chance to win
Cardboard statues will include Leia, Yoda, Obi-wan Kenobi and a TARDIS
All games activities and crafts are FREE of charge.
Pirates and Mermaids

Sunday 9 October from 6pm

Live characters – Ariel and 2 pirates
Cardboard characters – Under the Sea, Dory Pirate and Mermaid, Jack Sparrow and a pirate ship
All games activities and crafts are FREE of charge.
Fairy Tales

Sunday 16 October from 6pm

Live characters – Alice, Rapunzel and Peter Pan
Cardboard characters to include Alice, Simba, Ariel, Shrek, Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, Mad Hatter, Tigger, Bambi, Peter Pan,
Laminated characters – Tinker Bell, Cheshire Cat, Frozen
Guides with Craft activities and chances to win wands
All games activities and crafts are FREE of charge
Superheroes & Villains

Sunday 23 October from 6pm

Live characters – Spiderman, Batman, Catwoman
Laminated – Lego Movie and Lego Batman
Cardboard – Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Hulk, Batman
Guides – Wall Walkers and items to win
All games activities and crafts are FREE of charge.
Halloween Spookfest

Saturday 29 October from 6pm

Our final night Halloween Spookfest will include all the spooky elements you'd expect - it will be a real Thriller! And what's more, it's topped off with a fabulous fireworks display at 9pm.

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 29 Oct 2016
Saturday and Sundays only


Tickets will be available to purchase in advance from the end of June either online or from a number of venues.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the night from our ticket booth.

Avoid queues-buy your tickets online!
Saturday - Online/Advance Adult £6: Child (under 16) Free: Concession £5
Saturday - On Gate- Adult £7: Child (under 16) Free: Concession £6

Sunday - Online/Advance Adult £5: Child (under 16) Free: Concession £4
Sunday - On Gate- Adult £6: Child (under 16) Free: Concession £5



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Map reference: SK 293581  Lat: 53.11984 Long: -1.56324

On the A6 a mile and a half south of Matlock.
A Park & Ride service operates on Firework Nights.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Matlock Bath station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access