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 on weekends in September and October (10 September - 29 October 2016).
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 in the Derwent Gardens between the landing stage and the New Bridge. As darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water. The event also features dazzling firework displays on selected Saturdays.
- View our 2015 photo gallery on Facebook.
- Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs.
Matlock Bath Illuminations ran every Saturday and Sunday evening from 12 September until 31 October. 2016 dates are yet to be finalised.
Fireworks nights in 2015 took place every Saturday evening from 19 September through to Halloween night on 31 October.