Prepare to be dazzled by illuminated boat parade

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A colourful and unique spectacle returns for its latest season from this weekend.

Matlock Bath’s annual illuminations begin on Saturday and are held every weekend until the end of October.

The event features a parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend.

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.

On Saturday nights in October, there are also firework displays at 9pm.

The boat parade begins from 7pm and there is also live entertainment in Derwent Gardens on Saturday nights.

Tickets to enter the riverside walks to see the boats and the gardens cost £5 on Saturday evenings or £4.50 on Sundays. Concessions are available.

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