Matlock Bath Illuminations celebrate their 121st birthday this year as the 2018 season gets underway with a grand switch-on and fireworks spectacular on Saturday 8 September.
Organised by your District Council, the Illuminations will then run every weekend until Sunday 28 October, with the Derwent Gardens and Lovers’ Walks bedecked with colourful lights throughout the season.
A fabulous fireworks finale takes place every Saturday and on the final Sunday, and there will once again be themed Sundays for younger visitors.
Taking centre stage will be the unique parade of decorated and illuminated boats created painstakingly with thousands of lights by member of the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders’ Association.
Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Jean Monks, who will push the button to bring the new season to life, said:
"This magnificent annual tradition continues to attract visitors from far and wide, providing a massive boost to the local economy. Last year's Illuminations attracted well over 100,000 visitors to Matlock Bath, with around 50,000 paying visitors.
“As a District Council we work hard to ensure the event costs Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers absolutely nothing. We're hoping visitor numbers are high again and the weather is kind for the 2018 season."
There are different charges again this year for Saturdays and Sundays in recognition of the different levels of entertainment provided on each night.
Visitors who buy tickets in advance online pay £6 (£5 concessions) for Saturday and £5 (£4 concessions) for Sunday - £1.50 less than people paying on the night. Entry is free for accompanied under 16s.
It means a family of two adults and two or more under 16s will continue to enjoy a Saturday night out at Matlock Bath Illuminations for just £12 - including a fireworks finale - if they buy in advance.
Advance sales give the District Council improved monitoring of likely crowds and give it the option to designate certain nights "all ticket" if necessary. On-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and will not be available if the event sells out in advance.
Parking and transport options include a Park and Ride service operating on Saturdays from 5pm from Cromford Meadows to Matlock Bath Pavilion and there’s also a Saturday shuttle bus service from Matlock Bus Station.
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