It's the last Sunday of the 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations season. Please read our FAQs for info about tickets, timing & parking

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Buy discounted Illuminations tickets here

Pay less when you buy in advance online for our spectacular Matlock Bath Illuminations, on every weekend until 28 October. And kids go FREE! Entry on Saturday 28 October is by pre-booked ticket only.

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. Please note we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the night.

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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Half term holiday activities at our leisure centres

See what's going on at our leisure centres this half term, Monday 23 to Sunday 29 October

 

Our holiday programme

 

Arc Leisure Matlock

Mon 23 October Tue 24 October Wed 25 October  Thu 26 October Fri 27 October Sat 28 October Sun 29 October

Splash Out Mats & Balls


Time:
14:00-15:30
Age: 
All Ages Welcome
Cost: £3.85 Adult & £2.60 Concession      

Splash Out Ghost Ship Inflatable


Time: 14:00-15:30
Age:All ages Welcome
Cost: £3.85 Adult & £2.60 Concession

(Tickets for this session are available from 13:45 on a first come first served basis due to maximum capacity of 115 bathers)

Learn to Dive


Time:
09:30-10:15
Age:
Stage 5 and above
Cost:
£5.00 

Splash Out Ghost Ship Inflatable


Time:
14:00-15:30
Age:
All ages Welcome
Cost: £3.85 Adult & £2.60 Concession

(Tickets for this session are available from 13:45 on a first come first served basis due to maximum capacity of 115 bathers)

Splash Out Mats & Balls


Time: 
09:30-11:00
Age: 
All Ages Welcome
Cost: £3.85Adult & £2.60 Concession 

 

Family Racket Sports

Time: 10:00-12:00
Cost:
£1.00 per person

Halloween Sports Mania Day


Time: 09:00-15:30
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: £17.50

(bring swimming gear)

Football Camp

Time:13:00 - 16:30
Age:
8-12years
Cost:
£10.00 

Distance Badges

Time: 10:15-11:00
Age: 
Open to children in Main Pool Swimming Lessons
Cost:
£5.00 (includes badge and certificate)

 

Junior Gym

Time: 14:00-15:30
Age: 
11- 15
Cost:
£3.00

   
   

Splash Out Mats & Balls

Time: 14:00-15:15
Age: 
All Ages Welcome
Cost: £3.85Adult & £2.60 Concession  

       
   

Junior Netball

Time: 14:00-16:00
Age: 
8 - 15
Cost:
£5.00 

 

       

 

Ashbourne Leisure Centre 

Mon 23 October Tue 24 October Wed 25 October Thu 26 October Fri 27 October Sat 28 October Sun 29 October

Crash Course Swimming Lessons
Time: 
09:00-09:30(Beginners) 09:30-10:00 (Under 5's)
Age 3-12 years   

Cost: £17.50 for 4 days

Crash Course Swimming Lessons Time: 09:00-09:30(Beginners) 09:30-10:00 (Under 5's) Age 3-12 years   

Cost: £17.50 for 4 days

Crash Course Swimming Lessons Time: 09:00-09:30(Beginners) 09:30-10:00 (Under 5's) Age 3-12 years   

Cost: £17.50 for 4 days

 

Crash Course Swimming Lessons Time: 09:00-09:30(Beginners) 09:30-10:00 (Under 5's) Age 3-12 years   

Cost: £17.50 for 4 days

Halloween Sports Mania

Time: 09:00-16:00

Age: 6+ years

Cost: £17.50 

Family Swim Floats and toys

Time: 14:15-15:30

Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50

Family Swim Floats and toys
Time: 
10:00-12:30
Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50

Family Swim Floats and toys 
Time: 
14:15-15:45
Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50 

Junior Netball

Time: 10:00-12:00 Age:  8 - 15 Cost: £5.00 

Multi sports day Time: 09:00-16:00 Age: 6+ years Cost: £17.50

Family Swim Floats and Toys
Time: 
13:30-15:00
Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50
     
  Family Swim Floats and Toys
Time: 
13:30-15:00
Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50

Family Swim Floats and toys 
Time: 
14:15-15:45
Adults: £3.70 Children: £2.50

 Learn to Dive

Time: 15:00-16:00 (Advanced)

Age: Must be able to swim 50m   

Cost: £5.00

     
 

 Learn to Dive

Time: 15:00-16:00 (Beginners)

Age: Must be able to swim 50m  

Cost: £5.00 

         
       

 

Bakewell Swimming Pool 

Mon 23 October Tues 24 October Wed 25 October Thu 26 October Fri 27 October Sat 28 October Sun 29 October

Family Splash


Time: 
11:00-12:30
Age: All Welcome
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

 Family Splash


Time:
10:00-11:00
Age:
All Welcome
Adults:
£3.85
Children:
£2.60

Aqua Run Inflatable


Time:
13:45-14:45
Age: All Welcome
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

Family Splash


Time: 
13:30-15:00
Age: All Welcome
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

Family Splash


Time: 
10:00-11:30
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

Aqua Run Inflatable


Time: 14:30-15:30
Age: All Welcome
Adults: £3.85Children: £2.60

Family Splash


Time: 09:00-11:30
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

Junior Circuits Class


Time: 
16:30-17:30
Age: 11 - 15 Years
Cost: £5.00  

 Synchronised Swimming


Time:
13:30-14:30
Age:
8+ Years and able to swim 50m
Cost:
£5.00

 

Sports Mania


Time: 09:00-15:30
Age: 6+ years
Cost: £17.50

Venue: Bakewell Recreation Ground 

Splash Out Fun Session


Time: 
18:00-19:00
Adults: £3.85
Children: £2.60

 

 

 Flip and Fun


Time: 13:45-14:45
Age: Must be able to swim 50m
Cost: £5.00

 

Wirksworth Leisure Centre

Mon 23 October Tues 24 October Wed 25 October Thu 26 October Fri 27 October

Climbing Taster Session
Time: 09:30-11:00 & 13:30-15:00
Age: 6 years + (adults welcome)
Cost: £5.00 (Adults £7.70

  Climbing Taster Session
Time: 
09:30-11:00 & 13:30-15:00 
Age: 
 
6 years + (adults welcome)
Cost: £5.00  (Adults £7.70)

Climbing Taster Session
Time:
09:30-11:00 & 13:30-15:00
Age:
6 years + (adults welcome)
Cost:
£5.00 (Adults £7.70)

Toddler Time with Bouncy Castle
Time: 10:00-12:00
Age: 6 months - 5 years
Cost: £2.50
    Team Building Day
Time: 09:00-16:30
Age: 
 5 years +
Cost: £17.50 
Art's & Craft Day
Time: 09:00-16:30
Age: 
 
5 years +
Cost: £17:50 
Halloween Party Day
Time: 09:00-16:30
Age: 6 years +
Cost: £17:50
        Creepy Wall Games
Time: 10:00-11:30
Age: 
 
6 years +
Cost: £5.00 
         

 

 

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Have your say at our autumn community forums

Local residents are being urged to have their say at the next round of Area Community Forums to be staged across the Derbyshire Dales this autumn. Hot

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Oct23
Bakewell Stall Market09:00AM - 04:00PM
Oct23
Monsal Trail Cycling (Women only)09:30AM - 12:00PM
Oct24
Matlock Indoor Market09:00AM - 04:00PM