Matlock Bath Illuminations
The 2021 Matlock bath Illuminations season has now ended.
We'll be back in September 2022.
Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent.
During the 8-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models are mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday (from around 7.45pm in September and from around 7pm in October) and Sundays (from around 7.30pm in September and 7pm in October) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.
There are fantastic firework displays on selected evenings. The fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm (8pm on Sunday 31 October) with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.
- Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs
Prices, events & capacity
Tickets for 2021 were £6.50 on Firework Saturdays (£5.50 concessions) and £5.50 on Non-Firework Saturdays and Sundays (£4.50 concessions) if bought online in advance - apart from the final Sunday (31 October) when Saturday prices applied. Accompanied under 16s continued to be free, with concessions available for OAPs. Online tickets can be booked until 6pm on the night of the event.
On the night it cost £8.00 on Fireworks Saturdays (£7.00 concessions) and £7.00 on Non-Firework Saturdays and Sundays (£6.00 concessions) - £1.50 more expensive than the online prices. On-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and are not available if the event sells out in advance. Please note that we take card payments only on the night.
Saturdays from 9th October in 2021 included a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 4,000 - down from 8,000, the maximum in 2016 and previous years - to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.
To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", entertainment starts and finishes earlier, running from 6-8.15pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the Illuminations, but owners should be aware that the fireworks are loud and can cause distress to some animals. Here's some advice from the RSPCA on pets and fireworks.