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Matlock Bath Illuminations

In 2018 the Matlock Bath Illuminations season will run from 8 September to 28 October.  Cheaper online tickets available here SOON!

Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday from early September to late October.

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 9.15pm) and Sunday (7.30pm) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

There are fantastic firework displays on Saturday evenings, which light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

Heights of Abraham logo for webThe 2017 fireworks were kindly sponsored by the fabulous Heights of Abraham attraction in Matlock Bath. 



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

Prices, events & capacity

In 2017 adults paid £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they bought online in advance - 50p cheaper than in 2016. Accompanied under 16s continued to be free, with concessions available for students and OAPs. Online tickets could be booked until 6pm on the night of the event. 

People who bought on the night paid £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £2 more expensive than the online prices. However on-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and were not available if the event sold out in advance.

In 2017 the District Council acted on feedback from a customer survey conducted after the 2016 eight-week spectacular. Every Saturday in 2017 included 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", entertainment started and finished earlier, running from 6-8.15pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors had school the following morning.

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

2018 Season


Matlock Bath Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday evening from 8 September until 28 October.  

Fireworks nights in 2018 will take place every Saturday evening from 8 September through to 27 October.  



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.

A unique parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent
Matlock Bath Illuminations bookings and costs
Plenty of enjoyable entertainment each night
Matlock Bath Illuminations have a long established history...
Park & Ride service will operate on the firework nights from Cromford Meadows
Train passengers save 20% off entrance to the Illuminations


Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761 145/103
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