Dates announced for 2022 Illuminations

The dates have been announced for our popular Matlock Bath Illuminations, which celebrate their 125th birthday in 2022.

The region's top autumn event will run every Saturday and Sunday night from 10 September until 30 October. Tickets go on sale on 1 July.

The unique parade of decorated boats created by Matlock Bath Venetian Boatbuilders' Association will once again be the star attraction, with fireworks every Saturday night in October.

Innovations for 2022 will include the creation of a tunnel of lights over the pedestrian bridge that links Derwent Gardens with Lovers' Walks and 12 new specialist lights on the Lovers' Walk side of the river. There will also be a silent fireworks finale on the event's final night, Sunday 30 October.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"We are proud to continue to organise this fabulous event, which extends the tourist season here in the Dales. The aim as always is to boost the local economy at no cost to local council tax payers."
Matlock Bath Illuminations have a long established history dating back to 1897, when they were first held to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

The District Council took over the event 37 years ago after the previous organising committee hit financial problems.
The dates have been announced for our popular Matlock Bath Illuminations, which celebrate their 125th birthday in 2022.

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