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Advance bookings only for Illuminations Saturdays

Entry to the last two Saturdays of the 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations season will be by advance online ticket only as we anticipate a sell-out.

No tickets will be available on the gate at Derwent Gardens at 6pm on Saturdays 21 and 28 October.

Ticket sales for the two dates are already ahead of last Saturday (14 October), which sold out online.

Anyone wanting to guarantee entry should book online as soon as possible. Accompanied under 16s are free, but must have an online ticket too.

On-the-night tickets, which are £2 more expensive than those booked online, should still be available for the final Sunday of the season (22 October), but the District Council cannot guarantee this will be the case.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“Sell-outs are more likely this year after we acted on feedback from a customer survey conducted after last year's eight-week spectacular by restricting numbers in Derwent Gardens to a maximum of 6,000 - down from 8,000 in previous years. This improves crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

“The great news is that we’re on target to once again attract well over 100,000 people to Matlock Bath during the season, around 50,000 of whom will be paying visitors.

“The Illuminations bring in visitors from far and wide, extending the tourist season in Matlock Bath and providing a massive boost to the local economy. Our aim is to organise this brilliant tradition at no cost to Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers. Rising costs mean it’s touch and go whether we will achieve that target this year, but the response from visitors has been absolutely outstanding – plus we have what many aficionados are calling the best ever parade of decorated boats.”

The unique parade (see our video below) happens twice on Saturdays at 7.45pm and 9.15pm and at 7.30pm on Sunday.

The final night of the season on 28 October is a Halloween Spookfest including fancy dress competitions, fireworks and a performance by Britain’s Got Talent finalist Kyle Tomlinson.

This year adults pay £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they buy online in advance - that's 50p cheaper than last year. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for disabled visitors and OAPs.

Park and Ride services operate on Saturdays from 5pm from Derbyshire County Council Offices car park to Matlock Bath Station and from Cromford Meadows to Matlock Bath Pavilion.

Hourly trains to Matlock Bath from Derby and Nottingham operate Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays - for more details go to www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/derwentvalleyline

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Entry to the last two Saturdays of the 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations season will be by advance online ticket only as we anticipate a sell-out.

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