Matlock Bath Illuminations feature a unique parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend throughout September and October. Each boat carries a decorated model and as darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water.
The fabulous annual festival dates back to 1897 when the people of Matlock Bath celebrated Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee by illuminating their village with fairy lamps and Chinese and Japanese lanterns. The Illuminations today concentrate on the lighting of natural features, such as rock outcrops, trees and the thermal waters in the Derwent Gardens.
Entertainment in the riverside gardens varies from a Silver Band to a Juggling and Fire Show - see the online library to download a copy of the full programme.
On certain Saturday nights (15th Sep, 29th Sep, 13th Oct and 27th Oct 2012) there are also spectacular clifftop firework displays.
Having a ticket in hand rather than paying on the night is a great way to beat the queues. Children under 16 are free.
A Park & Ride service will operate on the firework nights from Cromford Meadows (DE4 3RQ) and County Offices (DE4 3AG) in Matlock. This will operate from 5pm and costs £1 per adult. It is advisable to use the Park & Ride service after 5pm as the car parks in Matlock Bath may be full on firework nights.
I will park at Cromford Meadows Park and Ride at 5.30 so if you want to meet there or at Matlock Bath itself later on in the evening. Website states it is easier to buy ticket in advance so don't forget to get your ticket! Tickets are £4.50 and children under 16 are free.