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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.



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.


Skegness in lights this Summer

AWESOME fireworks, lights and music on the beach will be the exciting new backdrop for the illumination switch-on in Skegness this July. East Lindsey District Council believes it will be ‘one of the most exciting events in Skegness’ history’ when the lights are switched on during a firework and music display at the beach by The World Famous, the company responsible for the opening fireworks at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

There was anger at last Wednesday’s meeting of Skegness Town Council when councillors, confused by a briefing sent by ELDC, believed the switch-on ceremony had been cancelled.

But ELDC has assured the event will go ahead but at the beach, not the Clock Tower.

The switch-on, one of the biggest events of the year, will be part of the SO 2009, a £250,000 festival funded by the Arts Council, to make it a weekend of activities.

Communications officer James Gilbert said: “It’s always been clear to us the local community is passionate about the traditional illuminations switch-on in Skegness around the Clock Tower.

“It is also clear from speaking to various organisations in the town they want us to look at ways of developing and attracting new high quality activities and events that are not available elsewhere and that bring new people into the resort to support the local economy.

“The SO 2009 event aims to blend the old and the new to achieve both aims.”

Mayor of Skegness Coun Pat Phillips said: “I would rather it was at the Clock Tower like it used to be, but as long as we still have the parade and the traditional occasion people come for I think it will be good. With the two events combined I think it should be quite a sensational event and will hopefully bring a lot more people into the resort.”

The switch-on will take place after an operatic performance at the Embassy Theatre is screened on the beach. But chairman of Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce Glenis Brown said: “What has an opera got to do with kids coming to see a switch on?”

An announcement is expected shortly about who will flick the switch, and a full itinerary for the SO 2009 festival will be revealed.

read the Skegness Standard