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.
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- 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 runs every Saturday and Sunday evening from 10 September until 29 October.
Fireworks nights in 2016 take place every Saturday evening from 17 September through to 29 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.