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Matlock Bath Illuminations

Type:Family Event

Derwent Gardens
Matlock Bath
Derbyshire
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Fireworks on Saturdays from 9 October to 30 October plus Sunday 31 October

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Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent.

During the 8-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models are mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday (7.45pm and 8.50pm in September and from around 7pm to 8.50pm in October) and Sundays (7.30pm to 8.3pm in September and 7pm to 8pm in October) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

There will be fantastic firework displays on Saturday evenings from 9th October and Sunday 31st October. The fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm (8pm on Sunday 31 October) with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs

Sundays are themed nights for our younger visitors, and there's also entertainment including stilt walkers plus the fabulous parade of decorated boats on the River Derwent. To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", entertainment starts and finishes earlier, running from 6.00pm-8.30pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Prices, events & capacity

Tickets for 2021 are £6.50 on Firework Saturdays (£5.50 concessions) and £5.50 on Non-Firework Saturdays and Sundays (£4.50 concessions) if bought online in advance - apart from the final Sunday (31 October) when Saturday prices apply. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for OAPs. Online tickets can be booked until 6pm on the night of the event. 

On the night it cost £8.00 on Fireworks Saturdays (£7.00 concessions) and £7.00 on Non-Firework Saturdays and Sundays (£6.00 concessions) - £1.50 more expensive than the online prices. On-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and are not available if the event sells out in advance.  Please note that we will be taking card payments only on the night.

Saturdays from 9th October in 2021 will include a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 4,000 - down from 8,000, the maximum in 2016 and previous years - to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", entertainment starts and finishes earlier, running from 6-8.15pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the Illuminations, but owners should be aware that the fireworks are loud and can cause distress to some animals. Here's some advice from the RSPCA on pets and fireworks.

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Guide Prices

Please see website for ticket-which you buy online before the event at a discounted rate

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Opening Times

Season (10 Sept 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
Monday - FridayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed

* OPENING WEEKEND OF THE ILLUMINATIONS *CANCELLED* FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II. PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-BOOKED WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND AUTOMATICALLY. WE HAVE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED TICKET SALES FOR THE SECOND WEEKEND (17 & 18 SEPTEMBER) PENDING A DECISION.

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Matlock Bath is situated on the A6 road, about 18 miles north of Derby next to Matlock town

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