In 2018 the Matlock Bath Illuminations season will run from 8 September to 27 October.
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.
The 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.
Matlock Bath Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday evening from 8 September until 27 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.