Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent on weekends in September and October (7 September - 27 October 2019).
Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate themed models which are mounted on rowing boats and covered in lights and then paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday and Sunday down in Derwent Gardens.
2018, saw the model of Herbie win first prize rowing up and down the River Derwent along with 9 other spectacular decorated and illuminated boats.
There will be a fantastic firework display every Saturday evening & Sunday 27 October, which will see the sky around Matlock Bath lit up in multi-colours, the firework display's will begin at 9.00pm (Sunday 27 October 8.00pm) with the best viewing positions being in Derwent Gardens.
Sunday evenings will be themed family fun evenings, with activities and crafts for all the family to join in, situated down in the Derwent Gardens.
Matlock Bath Illuminations takes place in Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath (DE4 3NR). The series of events starts on Saturday 7 September and takes place every Saturday and Sunday evening until 27 October, with a firework display every Saturday evening & on Sunday 27 October. On firework nights the event and Matlock Bath get incredibly busy. Please allow plenty of time for your journey and be prepared to use the Park & Ride.
Admission to Derwent Gardens is from 6.00pm on all nights
Saturday's In September - Fire & Glow Show 7.20 & 8.20pm. The boat parade is 7.45pm - 8.50pm & 9.10pm - 9.25pm. Spectacular Firework display 9.00pm - 9.10pm.
Saturday's in October - Fire & Glow Show 7.20 & 8.20pm. The boat parade is 7.00pm - 8.50pm & 9.10pm - 9.25pm (2nd parade dependant on numbers still gardens). Spectacular Firework display 9.00pm - 9.10pm.
Sunday's in September - Children's themed characters 6.00pm. Fire & Glow show 6.45pm. The boat parade 7.30pm - 8.30pm.
Sunday's in October - Children's themed characthers 6.00pm. Fire & Glow show 6.20pm. The boat parade 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Sunday 27 October will include spectacular Firework display at 8.00pm to close the season.