Tag Archives: 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.


Piece of Cake

Piece of Cake - Epic Fireworks

Wedding Cake … mmmm

Some weeks ago we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to supply the products for a wedding in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

We sent a firing team armed with enough pyro to end a war and the couple were absolutely overwhelmed with the feedback from guests just how beautiful the fireworks were.

The reward was a visit this week from the happy couple with a delicious piece of their wedding cake.

Congratulations once again to Martin and Siobhan and the best of luck for the future.


Vikings and Fireworks in Derbyshire

VIKING swords clashed and fireworks exploded across the sky as a £7m Derbyshire marina finally celebrated its official launch.

The soaring temperatures over the weekend meant thousands visited the two-day event at Mercia Marina, Willington.

Live music, stalls, a huge rock-climbing wall and a hog roast were among the attractions.

The big highlights were the £3,000 firework display on Saturday and re-enactments of Viking battles and a Viking village in nearby fields.

The 585-berth marina, the biggest in the UK, opened last year but owners Madecorn Leisure decided to hold an official opening this weekend.

Facilities include amenity buildings for boat-owners and visitors, a covered dry dock, a repair and maintenance workshop, two boat-hire services and an area to buy and sell new and second-hand boats.

The Viking re-enactments were an apt choice after evidence of farming from more than 6,000 years ago was unearthed during archaeological digs at the £7m marina.