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Matlock Bath Illuminations

The 2019 Matlock Bath Illuminations run from Saturday 7 September until Sunday 27 October. Tickets ON SALE HERE 

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 (7.45pm and 9.15pm in September and from around 7pm in October) and Sundays from 7pm in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

Heights of Abraham logo for webThere are fantastic firework displays on Saturday evenings and Sunday 27th October – sponsored by the fantastic Heights of Abraham attraction in Matlock Bath. The fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm 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 2019 are £6.50 on Saturdays (£5.50 concessions) and £5.50 on Sundays (£4.50 concessions) if bought online in advance – apart from the final Sunday (27 October) when Saturday prices apply. Accompanied under 16s continue 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 will cost £8.00 on Saturdays (£7.00 concessions) and £7.00 on Sundays (£6.00 concessions) – £1.50 more expensive than the online prices. On-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and will not be available if the event sells out in advance.

Every Saturday in 2019 includes a fireworks finale (as does the final night on Sunday 27 October), with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 6,000 – 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.

Other improvements for the 2019 Illuminations – the 122nd – include better signage to the park and ride service, more stewards and more enforcement officers to police pedlars on the streets of Matlock Bath.


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.


Christmas at Chatsworth

As you are probably aware our caravan site is open until Mid November weather permitting so why not visit Chatworth’s magical Christmas experience! 

Timed tickets


In a land far, far away…

Discover lands afar at Chatsworth this Christmas, following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. Our guides will lead you on a festive adventure around the globe as you travel from a Nordic winter wonderland, through blossom trees in Japan, to a baroque Portuguese church on the journey of a lifetime.

Select rooms on the upper floor of the house will be closed for annual conservation during the Christmas season.

Ticket information

Christmas tickets include admission to the house, garden, farmyard and playground and are available via the link above. All tickets booked online include free parking.

A limited number of tickets are also available to purchase on the day at Chatsworth, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that where available, tickets are booked online in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Child entry for the Christmas ticket is age 3-16 inclusive, and children aged 2 and under are free of charge.
  • We operate timed ticketing to manage the flow of people in the house. The entry time is for the house only – you are welcome to explore the garden and farmyard at any time the day of your visit.
  • Friends of Chatsworth do not need to book a timed ticket slot.
  • Chatsworth is closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020.
  • Please be aware our Christmas market is from 15 November to 3 December.


Chatsworth Christmas Market

As we are open this weekend (weather permitting ) why not visit the Chatsworth Christmas market?


Soak up the Christmas market atmosphere as you browse more than 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations – you’ll be sure to find perfect presents for all the family

Event details

This is a free event. Car parking fees do apply, see below.

Opening times
Opening times will be available in early November.

The 2019 trade stand and car park maps will be available in early November.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the market.

Visit by car

Car parking
Weekdays | £10 per car / £5 per car after 3pm
Weekends | £20 per car / £10 per car after 3pm