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Over crowded

We went to the illuminations on Saturday 21st october. We managed to find a good spot to watch the... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Ashley S
via mobile
Good family outing

Went as a group of six adults and four children and had a wonderful time. Illuminated boats very... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2018
Paul B
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath, Matlock, England
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All reviews illuminated boats nice evening fish and chips family tradition food stalls kids rides every saturday hard work parking space visiting matlock other attractions an adult blackpool fairground meadows derwent catering
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We went to the illuminations on Saturday 21st october. We managed to find a good spot to watch the boats but there was only 7-8 of them. They were good but we thought the boat event would be bigger than it was and left feeling...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Went as a group of six adults and four children and had a wonderful time. Illuminated boats very good. Great fireworks. A typical British family evening out

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul B
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

I visited with my partner in October. Whilst the illuminations are not the Las Vegas strip, they are subtle and atmospheric. There were families out with kids and dog walkers all enjoying the lights and ambience. I really enjoyed it. My partner got some great...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank hvine
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Wow what a great night we had watching the boats all lit up and coming down the river, amazing to see, fireworks display is also worth seeing, great big thumbs up for the people who organised this event

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Loved this display and thank you to all who took part, hopefully will go back, thankfully the bad weather promised did not happen and it was a great night, staff who monitored this did a great job

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

When to the lights to be met by boats on a pond the organisers should be ashamed £7-50 entrance only to funnelled to expensive rides expensive food masses of people no control of crowd god forbid if there was an emergency surely there’s a limit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Really very surprised at just how much fun this event was. No,it's not Blackpool, but it doesn't try to be. It is good old fashioned family entertainment that is suitable for all ages and all groups. We were lucky enough to go on a Saturday...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank invisiblehelper
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Hulleys organise a good shuttle to the event but a very long walk to actually find the way in. Poor sign posting caused my pregnant daughter and husband with a heart condition a lot of unnecessary walking. Very crowded with the usual expensive fair ground...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank rosemarys134
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Having paid £35 to get into derwent gardens we were treated to a view of just 7 floating illuminated boats, which were very well done but accompanied by a totally irrelevant commentary. Decided to get a quick can of drink from a nearby stall and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony M
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Went with friends and my brother who's in a wheel chair booked online so there was no queuing to do. There was a special area for wheel chair users which was great even though there was a big willow tree in the way. The boats...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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19 October 2018|
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Response from rosemarys134 | Reviewed this property |
Park at Matlock railway station car park. Catch the shuttle bus from the bus station next to it.
Denise P
6 May 2018|
Response from E2633LRmichellep |
You can buy them on line. Google Matlock bath illuminations