Tickets launch for 2022 Illuminations

Tickets go on sale for our Matlock Bath Illuminations from Friday 1 July as one of the region’s premier events prepares to celebrate its 125th birthday.

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Organised by Derbyshire Dales District Council, the Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 September to 30 October, with the Derwent Gardens and Lovers’ Walks bedecked with colourful lights throughout the season.

Fireworks finales will take place every Saturday in October – and one of this year’s innovations is a “low noise” fireworks display on the final night, Sunday 30 October.

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.

Also new this year is the creation of a tunnel of lights over the pedestrian bridge that links Derwent Gardens with Lovers' Walks and 12 new specialist lights on the Lovers' Walk side of the river.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy, whose Masson ward includes Matlock Bath, said:
“The Illuminations blazed back in magnificent style last year after being paused at the height of the pandemic and we are proud to be able to organise this top event again in 2022 to provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
“The Illuminations have a long established history dating back to 1897, when they were first held to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, and they continue to play an important role in extending the tourist season at no cost to Derbyshire Dales council tax payers.”
The entry charges recognise the different levels of entertainment provided on each night.

Tickets have been frozen at 2021 prices - £6.50 on Firework Saturdays (£5.50 concessions) and £5.50 on Non-Firework Saturdays and Sundays (£4.50 concessions) if bought online in advance - apart from the final Sunday (30 October) when Saturday prices apply. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for OAPs.

It means a family of two adults and two or more under 16s can enjoy a Saturday night out at Matlock Bath Illuminations for just £13 - including a fireworks finale - if they buy in advance.

On the night prices (card payments only) are £1.50 more expensive than buying online. 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.

More information about the event is available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/illuminationsFAQs
Tickets go on sale for our Matlock Bath Illuminations from Friday 1 July as one of the region’s premier events prepares to celebrate its 125th birthday.

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