Fairgrounds Of The Past

Erewash Museum is stepping back in time on Saturday 24 October with the sights and sounds of fairgrounds of the past.
Fairground enthusiasts and visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see and hear an original street organ in the museum grounds and the Fairground Association of Great Britain will be bringing their fairground model display.
Enter into the spirit of Ilkeston Charter Fair by joining in with a taste of how fairs used to be in the past - the free fairground fun starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“This event is always popular with families and enthusiasts and is a great way to discover more about the history of fairgrounds and gain a real sense of the past, so go along and take a step back in time.”
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141

Ilkeston Charter Fair 2015 - Trader Information

This year’s charter fair will take place from Wednesday 21st October to Saturday 24th October 2015.
Attractions will be open to the public from 6pm to 11pm on Wednesday and from 12noon to 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Mayor of Erewash will be joined by local school children to take part in the traditional opening ceremony on Thursday 22nd October at 12noon.
Showmen will begin arriving in Ilkeston on the weekend of 18th October. The following car parks will be closed to the public throughout the week to make way for their vehicles:
Oakwell Drive (adjacent to Fire Station) – closed from 9am Sunday 18th October 2015
Market Place (Pimlico) and Club Row (Gregory Street) – closed from 12noon Sunday 18th October
South Street – closed from 8pm Sunday 18th October
Queen Street and East Street – closed from 8pm Monday 19th October
The following roads closures will be in force in the town centre from 5am on Tuesday 20th October. 
Please note this is a road closure and to ensure the safety of all please arrange where possible for all deliveries prior to this date.  
Delivery vehicles during the time will be limited to Transit size due to limited space for turning around.
Please ensure that the Events Officer (Helena Richardson) is aware of all your deliveries to inform the security officers and to ensure the safety of all.
South Street (from Derby Road)
Queen Street (from Albert Street)
Wharncliffe Road (from Albert Street)
Bath Street (from Wilmot Street)
All roads and car parks will re-open at noon on Sunday 25th October 2015.
If you require any more information, please call 0115 907 2244

Historic Fair Is Back In Town

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe and will once again be given its ceremonial opening on Thursday 22 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘ring the bell’ – the official signal that this year’s 763rd Charter Fair is underway.
The traditional ceremony also includes a reading of the original 1252 Charter in front of Ilkeston Town Hall witnessed by local families and visitors, who join the showmen to celebrate and welcome the fair.
This year’s Charter Fair will be held from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 24 October when Ilkeston town centre will again be transformed into a colourful spectacle as the rides and stalls packs into the Market Place and surrounding streets.
Guests at the ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and children from two local schools.
Opening Event Details - Thursday 22nd October
11.45am - Guests accompany the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, to the front of the Town Hall - (The Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, will open proceedings and call upon the Chief Executive of Erewash Borough Council, Mr Jeremy Jaroszek, to read the 1252 Charter)
11.55am - The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, prepares to open the Fair - Playing of the National Anthem.
12noon - The Mayor will ring the ceremonial bell to declare the 763rd Ilkeston Charter Fair open.

Road Closures & Temporary Suspension Of Residents’ Parking Schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 763rd Charter Fair – a move which is taken every year in an effort to free-up car parking space.
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 19 October to Sunday 25 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 26 October.
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles.
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 20 October until midday on Sunday 25 October:
  • South Street (from its junction with Derby Road to the Market Place)     
  • Wharncliffe Road (from Albert Street to the Market Place)
  • Queen Street - in its entirety
  • Market Place - in its entirety
  • East Street (from the car park to the Market Place)
  • Bath Street (from Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
  • Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to Burns Street)

Local MP Maggie Throup Opens New Bridal Shop In Ilkeston

Local MP Maggie Throup opened House of Oliver Bridal on Station Road in Ilkeston on Saturday 26th September. 
House of Oliver specialises in beautiful bridal wear without the designer price tag. At House of Oliver you get the designer experience, excellent customer service and stunning wedding dresses and accessories from renowned designers and some up and coming ones too all at under £500. 
Katie, 28 from Ilkeston wanted to give brides to be a more affordable solution when looking for their dream dress. Currently brides don't have many options if they don't want to spend thousands on their wedding dress. A big part of House of Oliver is being able to give brides the special experience that getting married deserves. House of Oliver stocks dresses from renowned designers such as Justin Alexander, MoriLee, Benjamin Roberts, Etenity Bride and some up and coming designers too. Brides to be can pop in between 9 and 3 Wednesday to Friday, Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 10-4 or call 07709 544 939
House of Oliver is a Prince's Trust supported business and has received start up support from the Erewash Partnership