Illuminations opening weekend cancelled

In line with national protocol in regard to advice around events immediately following the death of a Monarch, Derbyshire Dales District Council has made the decision to cancel the planned opening weekend of Matlock Bath Illuminations this Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 September.

Anyone who has pre-booked will get a full refund and we are appealing to accommodation providers to show understanding in these exceptional circumstances when talking to visitors who have booked rooms locally to attend the event.

The national protocol advice comes from the National Association of Civic Officers.

A decision will be taken early next week on the planned second weekend of the Illuminations - 17 and 18 September. For the time being advance bookings for that weekend have been suspended.

People who have booked for the opening weekend don't need to contact the Council - refunds will be made automatically by Ticket Source but may take up to 14 days.

The District Council apologises not only to those who had pre-booked for this weekend and local tradespeople but also to the scores of stewards, stall holders, council staff, electricians and boat builders involved in one of the region's most popular autumn events.
In line with national protocol in regard to advice around events immediately following the death of a Monarch, Derbyshire Dales District Council has made the decision to cancel the planned opening weekend of Matlock Bath Illuminations this Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 September.

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