News and Events

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Matlock Bath Illuminations

In 2018 the Matlock Bath Illuminations season runs from 8 September to 28 October.  Cheaper online tickets available HERE!

Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday from 8 September to 28 October.

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.

There are fantastic firework displays on Saturday evenings, which 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.

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Remember, remember …

We are delighted to welcome back our bonfire and fireworks this year in the garden. With a blazing bonfire and two glittering firework displays, including an early display for little ones set to music from popular children’s films, there’s exhilarating entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Wrap up warm and join us for live music, dancing, circus performers and face painting – make your bonfire night go with a bang.

Keep warm with a range of delicious food from hog roasts to jacket potatoes, from churros to sweet treats. Why not enjoy a glass of mulled wine or cider for the ultimate winter warmer?

Event details

£15 adult£10 child (age 4–16 inclusive) | 6pm onwards

The bonfire and fireworks is held on Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November.

Gates open: 6pm
Lighting of the bonfire: 7pm
Children’s firework display: 7.30pm
Grand finale firework display: 8.15pm
Entertainment finishes: 9.45pm

Dinner with bonfire and fireworks


Adult £40 | Restaurant opens 5.45pm

This year, we’re offering a combined ticket of dinner with bonfire and fireworks.

Enjoy a delicious two-course meal of a main course and dessert with a welcome glass of prosecco in the Cavendish restaurant, followed by entry to the bonfire and fireworks event.

Main course

  • Beef bourguignon with wholegrain mustard mashed potato, roasted root vegetables or
  • Pan-fried hake, champ mashed potato, pickled red cabbage or
  • Sautéed ricotta cheese gnocchi, roasted tomato, wilted spinach


  • White chocolate & raspberry cheesecake or
  • Burnt apple & cinnamon purée or
  • Local cheese selection, wheat wafers, quince jelly



Christmas market and shops

Where better to start your Christmas shopping than at the Chatsworth Christmas market? With over 100 market stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations, it’s a great way to start the festive season.

You can also explore our own exclusive ranges in the Chatsworth shops – the Orangery shop in the garden and the Stables shop in the Stables courtyard – with a wide range of home and fashion gifts, and lots of lovely stocking fillers.

Festive spirit

Take a break from shopping and enjoy a mulled wine or a German beer at one of our outdoor bars, or sample some delicious food, with gourmet burgers and sausages, hot pork rolls, pancakes, churros and more.

There’s live music too, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.