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.