Matlock Bath Illuminations

Decorated boats on the River Derwent 2015
BOOK ONLINE NOW FOR OUR 2015 SEASON! (Please select the 'Other Payments' option) Deadline for online bookings is midnight on the Wednesday before the weekend you want to book (eg the deadline for our Illuminations weekend on 24 & 25 October is midnight on Wednesday 21 October).  Alternatively, pay on the night at the Ticket Office at the entrance to Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath (open from 5pm to 8.45pm).

Once described as 'absolutely breathtaking' Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend from 12 September to 31 October.  

Each model is adorned with thousands of pea lights, powered by lorry batteries, and are made by the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association. The decorated models are mounted on rowing boats and then paraded each Saturday and Sunday on the River Derwent. As darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water. The event also features a spectacular opening night hosted by Peak FM, dazzling firework displays each Saturday and a Spooktacular Halloween finale!

2015 Season


Matlock Bath Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday evening from 12 September until 31 October.

FireworksFireworks nights will take place every Saturday evening from 19 September through to Halloween night on 31 October.

Please keep an eye on this page during the summer for information on the entertainment schedule, illuminated boat displays and firework times.

Ticket prices

Book online now for our 2015 season(Please select the 'Other Payments' option)

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night from our ticket booth and any day (at advance ticket prices) from the Peak District Mining Museum, situated in the Grand Pavilion complex, open seven days a week 10am-4pm.

Type Saturday Sunday
Online/Advance On the night Online/Advance On the night
Adult £5 £6 £4 £5
Child* Free Free Free Free
Concession** £4 £5 £3 £4

* A child is under the age of 16. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
** Available to those who have reached or exceed the national retirement age.


Matlock Bath Illuminations

Town Hall, Bank Road
Tel: 01629 761 390
Fax: 01629 761 388

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