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Matlock Illuminations

  • Bakewell, Derbyshire © Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire

    Bakewell, Derbyshire VB34173309 © Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire EXPIRES 17.7.2021
3 day tour
From £121 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Matlock Illuminations features a unique parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend throughout September and October. Each boat carries a decorated model and as darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water.


September & October 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Arrive at your hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Day 2

Matlock Illuminations

Spend a day at leisure to explore Derbyshire and its many attractions such as Chatsworth House or the Crich Tramway Village.

In the evening, make your way to Matlock for their annual illuminated display.

Day 3

Travel home

After breakfast, begin your journey home. Perhaps call into the pretty Peak District towns of Buxton or Bakewell.

Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in September 2019

Hallmark Hotel Derby Mickleover Court ****

Located five miles west of the city centre. With 99 bedrooms, this hotel has a lounge area, restaurant bar and a leisure club with an indoor pool. Lift to all floors and ample free parking available.

Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights ****

Located close to the intu Dery Shopping centre, this hotel is great for groups wishing to stay centrally. There are 223 bedroom, most with showers over baths. The hotel has a large restaurant and lounge with city and river views. Coach parking is off site and chargeable. There is a lift to all floors. Rates include porterage and tea and coffee on arrival.


Dates 3 days / 2 nights Single Supplement
2022 dates From £121.00 per person From £35.00 per person
2023 dates From £137.00 per person From £40.00 per person

Prices staying at Hallmark Hotel Derby Mickleover Court available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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