Entertainment programme

Entertainment Programme 2021

  • The unique parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent is the centrepiece of the Illuminations entertainment every Saturday and Sunday during our season, which runs from 11 September to 31 October. We have fireworks on Saturdays 9,16, 23 and 30 October plus the last night of the season on Sunday 31 October.
Date Stilt Walkers Boat Parade Fireworks
11 September 7.20pm & 8.20pm  7.45pm - 8.50pm No Fireworks
12 September 6.30pm  7.30pm (or dusk) - 8.30pm No Fireworks
18 September 7.20pm & 8.20pm  7.45pm - 8.50pm No Fireworks
19 September 6.30pm  7.30pm (or dusk) - 8.30pm No Fireworks
25 September 7.20pm & 8.20pm  7.45pm - 8.50pm No Fireworks
26 September 6.30pm  7.30pm (or dusk) - 8.30pm No Fireworks
2 October 7.20pm & 8.20pm  7.00pm - 8.10pm No Fireworks
3 October 6.30pm  7.00pm (or dusk) - 8.00pm No Fireworks
9 October From 6.30pm 7.30pm - 8.50pm 9.00pm
10 October From 6.30pm  7.00pm (or dusk) - 8.00pm No Fireworks
16 October From 6.30pm 7.30pm - 8.50pm 9.00pm
17 October From  6.30pm  7.00pm (or dusk) - 8.00pm No fireworks
23 October From 6.30pm 7.30pm - 8.50pm 9.00pm
24 October From 6.30pm  7.00pm (or dusk) - 8.00pm No fireworks
30 October From 6.30pm 7.30pm - 8.50pm 9.00pm
31 October From 6.30pm  7.00pm (or dusk) - 7.50pm 8.00pm

  • Every Saturday & Sunday are now themed nights for our younger visitors (see themes below), and there's also entertainment plus the fabulous parade of decorated boats on the River Derwent.

Date Time Entertainment Theme
12 September 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Super Heroes (Deadpool & Batman)
19 September 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Fairy Tales (Tinkerbelle, Snow White & Rapunzel)
26 September 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Princes & Princesses (Cinderella, Aurora & Belle)
2 October 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Sc-fi (Chewbacca & Stormtrooper)
3 October 6pm to 8.00pm Stilt Walkers Sci-fi (Chewbacca, Darth Vader & Stormtrooper)
9 October 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Super Heroes (Captain America & Deadpool)
10 October 6pm to 8.00pm Stilt Walkers Pirates & Mermaids (Ariel and 2 pirates) + Crafts with Girlguiding
16 October 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Princesses (Anna & Elsa)
17 October 6pm to 8.00pm Stilt Walkers Children's TV (The Descendants - Evie, Mal & Princess Audrey) + Crafts with Girlguiding
23 October 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Princesses (Anna & Elsa)
24 October 6pm to 8pm Stilt Walkers Super Heroes (Spiderman & Iron Man) + Crafts with Girlguiding
30 October 6pm to 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Fairy Tales (Mother Gothel & Rapunzel)
31 October 5.30pm - 8.30pm Stilt Walkers Halloween & Ghostbusters


Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs