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MATLOCK BATH ILLUMINATIONS INCLUDING FIREWORKS

WHAT: MATLOCK BATH ILLUMINATIONS INCLUDING FIREWORKS
WHY: MATLOCK BATH ILLUMINATIONS
WHERE: DERWENT GARDENS, MATLOCK, DERBYSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER TO SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2019
COST: TICKETED EVENT

This year is the 122nd Matlock Bath illuminations, they kicked off with a bang last weekend on the 7th September 2019. We are aware that this event has already begun but don’t worry, you still have plenty time to attend the event and join in the family fun as it runs every Saturday and Sunday until the 27th October 2019.

First held in 1897 to celebrate the Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, the event is now held annually and has a history spanning over 120 years. Surrounded by wooded hillside and attractive riverside gardens, the destination has been popular ever since Victorian times when the spas were discovered. It was even given the name ‘little Switzerland’ by the poet Lord Byron.

Nowadays, Matlock Bath is widely enjoyed by families, couples and thrill-seekers, it is a well-known spot for bikers and becomes even more popular when the illuminations take place.

Tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults, £5.50 for concessions on the Saturday evenings and on a Sunday £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for concessions if bought in advance, accompanied under 16-year olds go free. The cost on the night the prices will increase by 2 pounds, but these are not guaranteed and will not be available if the event sells out, so best to make sure that you book in advance to guarantee your place.

Parking is available but there is limited space at Matlock Bath and can become crowded quite early, there will be park and rides put on for the event too.

The illuminations event is held in Derwent Gardens which is on the River Derwent which meanders through this picturesque town. You will find a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats by the Matlock Bath Venetian Boatbuilders association. See the fantastic themed models bob along the river in mounted rowing boats and covered in lights. Along with this, the Sunday evening events have been dedicated as ‘family fun days’ with activities and crafts for all the family to enjoy.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on the fireworks display that takes place on every Saturday evening at 9pm to end the day, and the grand finale will be held on Sunday the 27th October at 8pm to close the event with a bang.

You can view the fireworks from anywhere in Matlock bath but for the best views, you will need to be in Derwent Gardens. Watch in awe as the skies above Matlock bath light up in a multitude of colours and effects.

Programme of Events

Saturdays in September

Fire & Glow Show – 7:20pm & 8:20pm

Boat Parade – 7:45pm to 8:50pm & 9:10pm to 9:25pm (2nd parade is dependent on the number of visitors in the gardens)

Fireworks Display – 9:00 to 9:10pm

Saturdays in October

Fire & Glow Show – 7:20pm & 8:20pm

Boat Parade 7:00pm to 8:50pm & 9:10pm to 9:25pm (2nd parade is dependent of number of visitors in the gardens)

Fireworks Display – 9:00pm to 9:10pm

Sundays in September

Children’s Themed Characters – 6:00pm

Fire & Glow Show – 6:45pm

Boat Parade – 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Sunday’s in October

Children’s Themed characters from 6:00pm

Fire & Glow Show – 6:20pm

Boat Parade – 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Sunday 27th October will also include the spectacular fireworks display at 8:00pm to close the season.

Make sure that you book your tickets now to book your place in this spectacular autumnal night-time event.

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MATLOCK BATH ILLUMINATIONS WILL FEATURE FIREWORKS

WHEN: EACH SATURDAY FROM 27TH SEPTEMBER TO 25TH OCTOBER
WHAT TIME: 9:00PM – AFTER THE ILLUMINATION PARADE
WHERE: MATLOCK BATH – DERBYSHIRE
COST: Tickets prices are £5 adults and £4.50 over 60s/disabled people. Accompanied children aged 16 and under are free.

Matlock Bath in the beautiful County of Derbyshire is a bit like having the essence of a trip to the coast without the sea!

A quaint and ‘Olde Worlde’ Spa Town made popular during the Victorian Era when the natural warms springs were said to cure-all ills. In fact, so beautiful a place Lord Byron dubbed it ‘Little Switzerland’ thanks to the scenic resemblance with the steep rocky hillsides.

Today, the town is a delightful place where the pace of life is almost on hold … there are some beautiful places to visit around the town too with access to all manner of outdoor activities including climbing (High Tor is in the middle of the town) abseiling, canoeing and of course, caving. There are some of the best caves in Derbyshire than in any other area of the UK.

The Matlock Bath Illuminations were first held in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and today, in its 117th year they feature any number of highly decorated models on board a boat which float majestically on the River Derwent and as darkness falls they almost appear to be gliding above the water.

Some of the previous models created are a horse and carriage, Thomas the Tank engine, a beautiful gondola, racing cars and motorbikes, a lorry and on one occasion a Taj Mahal so there is no shortage of things to see.

This year, five fantastic firework displays will wow the crowds with breathtaking bursts over the town. Although the illumination parades will be from 6th September until the 25th October 2014, the Saturday Fireworks spectacular will start from 27th September.

Having been fortunate enough to attend this event in the past, it is a magical evening of entertainment for all the family and the fireworks being high on the hillside means that the noise is not as intense without losing sight of the beautiful sky art.

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