Each year Matlock Bath stages the illuminated boat procession along the Derwent River. The first procession of candle lit boats took place in 1897, to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. As a young princess, Victoria has stayed in Matlock Bath (perhaps to enjoy the spring waters of the Spa Town at the time) and she remembered the reflection of lights in the river Derwent, from candles in the hotel windows
Since then the boats, which are built by members of the Matlock bath Venetian Boat Association, are paraded through Matlock Bath, along the Derwent. Every year the procession is led by a traditional candle lit boat, to maintain the tradition of the first illuminations. The event now takes place on weekend evenings in Matlock Bath. In 2016 the illuminations run from the 10th September through to the 29th October every Saturday and Sunday evening. And from the 17th September there is a firework display on each Saturday evening of the illuminations
And if you are visiting the area and staying on Sunday night between the 17th September and 16th October we can offer a 15% discount on Bed and Breakfast. Contact us and mention 2016 Illumination offer.