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Buy discounted Illuminations tickets here

Pay less when you buy in advance online for our showpiece autumn spectacular Matlock Bath Illuminations, which is currently on every weekend until 28 October. And kids go FREE!

This year adults pay £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they buy online in advance - that's 50p cheaper than last year. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for disabled people and OAPs.

People who buy on the night will pay £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £2 more expensive than the online prices.

Online bookers will be fast-tracked into the Derwent Gardens - and the online incentive prices will also apply to visitors who take the train to Matlock Bath during this year's season, which will run every weekend from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 28 October.

The District Council has acted on feedback from a customer survey conducted after last year's eight-week spectacular. Every Saturday in 2017 will include a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 6,000 - down from 8,000 in previous years - to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", the event will start and finish earlier, running from 6-8pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Other improvements for the 2017 Illuminations - the 120th - include better signage to the park and ride service, more stewards and more enforcement officers to police pedlars on the streets of Matlock Bath.

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Take part in public toilets consultation

Local people and visitors to the Derbyshire Dales are being asked for their views on the future delivery of public toilet facilities in the district.

On 7 September our councillors approved the consultation, which includes an online survey here - that runs until 20 October.

The results of the consultation will be reported back to your District Council at the end of the year.

The survey includes a question about the possible introduction of a charging policy initially for the use of loos in five busy locations - Matlock's Hall Leys Park, Bakewell's Granby Road, Ashbourne's Shawcroft, Matlock Bath's Memorial Gardens and Baslow.

Consultees are asked if they would be prepared to pay for using a public toilet in the Dales and, if the answer is yes, how much - 10p, 20p, 30p, 50p or another amount.

During the consultation we will continue discussions with local town and parish councils and other potentially interested bodies on the possibility of transferring responsibility for some other public toilets in the Dales.

The council currently provides a total of 26 public toilet facilities at a cost of £470,000 per year - and in March this year agreed to review public conveniences as one of its high priority measures in bridging a funding gap currently standing at £1.6-million over the next four years.

A council spokesperson said:

"We are committed to delivering the front line services local people and visitors have come to expect, for example, street cleaning, environmental health and refuse collection. But in the drive to make efficiencies we have to look at the services we are not required to provide. Public conveniences are one of those services.

"We would like feedback on the current state of our toilets and what users expect from us. We know that many of our facilities are used by visitors to our area and it is important to us that we can strike the right balance in budgeting for services we do need to provide and those we may choose to provide."

  • The toilets review interim report can be viewed here [PDF 895KB]
  • Take part in the online survey
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What's on in the Derbyshire Dales

A lively programme of events runs throughout the year in the Derbyshire Dales - including well dressings, festivals, farmers' markets and our fabulous visitor attractions.

Events in the Dales

Visiting the Dales

More about accommodation, attractions, towns & villages and outdoor activities in the Dales

Rover Pass

If you're visiting the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, you can buy online a three-day or seven-day Rover pass entitling you to unlimited use of our car parks across the district.

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Sep21
Ashbourne Stall Market09:00AM - 03:00PM
Sep22
Matlock Indoor Market09:00AM - 04:00PM
Sep23
Ashbourne Stall Market09:00AM - 03:00PM