Matlock Bath Illuminations
4 daysMatlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent. During the 8-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights which are mounted on rowing boats and paraded along the River Derwent. Fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in a multitude of colours. Join this fun weekend with an included day out to see the Autumn Colours of the Peak District.
PRICE FROM ? £359 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your ItineraryDay 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, head north stopping in Leicester for an included visit to the excellent King Richard III Centre. Using great storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology, the centre tells the moving story of the king's life and death and reveals how one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told ended in a Leicester car park. Continue to your hotel northeast of Nottingham to arrive your 3 nights DBB (lunch replaces dinner on Saturday).
Day 2 - Spend the morning in Nottingham, famed for its links to the legend of Robin Hood and one-time lace capital of the world. You may like to visit the Lace Market, Nottingham's oldest area, which features Victorian redbrick warehouses reborn as fashion boutiques, gastropubs and creative spaces. The National Justice Museum displays Oscar Wilde's cell door and visitors can explore a maze of sandstone caverns at the City of Caves (entrances not included). Head back to the hotel for lunch and enjoy a relaxed afternoon before heading to Matlock Bath this evening for the spectacular Illuminations, first held to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. There is lively entertainment on the bandstand followed by the magnificent sight of the decorated and themed models mounted on rowing boats, covered in lights and paraded along the River Derwent. Entrance to Derwent Gardens is included. The evening is rounded off with a dazzling firework display.
Day 3 - Autumn Colours in the Peak District. A relaxed start today takes you on a scenic autumnal drive into the Peak District National Park which is a treasure trove of hills and valleys, gorges and lakes, wild moorland and gritstone escarpments, but no peaks! Make a stop in pretty Bakewell probably best known for its famous Bakewell pudding, a pastry shell filled with jam and almond paste, invented here in 1820. Continue onto the elegant spa town of Buxton, the 'Gateway to the Peaks'. Famed for its natural spring water, Buxton has many beautiful buildings including the Opera House. You can enjoy the flamboyant Regency architecture, Georgian terraces and manicured parks and take time out to enjoy the award-winning Pavilion Gardens.
Day 4 - After breakfast depart for the journey home, calling at Denby Pottery Village where you can discover the largest selection of Denby stoneware in the world. The Factory Shop is home to the latest designs and discontinued ranges of quality seconds, glass, and accessories. Head back to interchange to arrive home early to mid-evening. Back to top
AccommodationEastwood Hall, Nottingham
4* Eastwood Hall is a contemporary hotel set in 26 acres of landscaped gardens, about 15 minutes' walk from centre of Eastwood village, the birthplace of DH Lawrence. It has extensive leisure facilities including a fitness centre, outdoor tennis court, indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. Guestrooms are thoughtfully furnished with all mod cons. There is a restaurant and bar. There is no lift but plenty of ground floor rooms. Back to top