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I really enjoyed the parade of boats, it made me proud to be British that for 116 years we have... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2013
Very Good

The Illuminations this year were very good ==== some of the boats were amazing ==== we came back... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2013
Mildenhall, 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 13 October 2013

The illuminated boats never fail to impress, there is so much hard work goes into these displays, whether it is a cold, wet Saturday evening or not, there is always a warm welcome from this event, attended by thousands of people, but always well organised....More

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

I really enjoyed the parade of boats, it made me proud to be British that for 116 years we have been doing such a bizarre thing.

Date of experience: October 2013
1  Thank LondonRon
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

We went to visit the illuminations on sat 5th oct was a really nice night out plenty of entertainment with stage acts and kids rides, plenty of refreshments in derwent gardens, illuminations really good and got a nice low key effect with some really god...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The Illuminations this year were very good ==== some of the boats were amazing ==== we came back that way this year from Gretna and saw them Sunday evening === certainly worth a visit. This was my second visit and was definitely not disappointed

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

the boat illuminations are fun too see if you get chance something bit different. but i will say to anybody the public toilets in matlock bath are the most disgusting i have ever used stink and dirty with all kinds of stuff smeared up walls...More

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank romanyuk
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Glad we got there early to get a rock to sit on.Crowd garden side was five deep.Viewing from both sides of river.Fireworks good.Usual food and drink stalls.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We visited Matlock Bath Illuminatons on 21.09.13. The illuminated and decorated boats are shown on the River Derwent, which runs through Derwent Gardens, and have been an annual event for 116 years. The actual event lasts about 45 minutes. There are childrens' rides, and snacks/drinks...More

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank Julie P
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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.
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6 May 2018|
Response from E2633LRmichellep |
You can buy them on line. Google Matlock bath illuminations