Illuminations dazzle opening night crowds

Derbyshire Dales District Council's Matlock Bath Illuminations blazed into life on 9 September and will run every Saturday and Sunday until 29 October.

It's 126 years since the Illuminations were first staged to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.

Eleven decorated boats - including the traditional candle boat - thrilled the crowds on opening night and they will be the centrepiece at every Illuminations weekend during the 2023 season.

The boats are created painstakingly with thousands of LED lights by members of the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders’ Association.

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The lights were officially switched on in Derwent Gardens and Lovers' Walks on Saturday by Derbyshire Dales Civic Chair Councillor David Burton.

Fireworks finales will take place every Saturday in October and also on the final night, Sunday 29 October. Every Illuminations night is once again themed for younger visitors.

Derbyshire Dales District Council took over the running of the Illuminations in 1984 - and this popular event draws at least 100,000 people into the district every year, so plays an important role in extending the tourist season in the district at no cost to local council tax payers.

Book cheaper advance tickets - and accompanied under 16s go FREE!

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Photos by Simon Beynon

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