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Matlock Bath Illuminations

Saturday 29 October was the final night of our 2016 Matlock Bath Illuminations, a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent.

During the 7-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorated 10 themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models were 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 could only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

There was a fantastic firework display every Saturday evening from 17th September, which saw the skies around Matlock Bath lit up in multi-colours. The firework displays began at 9pm with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

  • Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs
  • View our 2016 photo gallery on Facebook


2017 Season


Matlock Bath Illuminations runs every Saturday and Sunday evening from 9 September until 28 October.  

FireworksFireworks nights in 2017 will take place every Saturday evening from 9 September through to 28 October.


Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the Illuminations, but owners should be aware that the fireworks at 9pm on Saturday are loud and can cause distress to some animals. Here's some advice from the RSPCA on pets and fireworks.

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Winning boat at 2016 #matlockbathilluminations by Isabelle Flavell #matlockbath #openingnight #derwentgardens #mbi2016

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Matlock Bath Illuminations

Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761 114
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