Journey into the past

Residents interested in tracing their family tree can find out more at a special one-day research event at Erewash Museum on Saturday 6 May between 11am and 3pm.
A professional genealogist and team of volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the process of tracing their ancestry and building a family tree – including advice on how to research birth records, census data, military records and other sources. 
Visitors will also have the chance of using the museum’s onsite resources and discover how to use databases such as Find My Past to do their own research at home or at the museum.
The free event will also feature an ‘Unseen Collections Day’ when visitors can join the museum’s Collection Officer to discover how objects in its collection are cared for, conservation techniques and a unique chance to see items not usually on display by opening up its wider collection.

On yer bike – it’s the anniversary Triathlon!

Entries are now open for this year’s Erewash Triathlon – one of the borough’s biggest and most popular events on the sporting calendar.
The 2017 Triathlon celebrates its 10th anniversary and takes place on Sunday 20 August at West Park in Long Eaton, with hundreds of competitors from across the country expected to once again descend on the town for the popular event.
Anyone aged 15 years and over can enter the event, which is popular with people of all abilities from the complete novice through to seasoned triathletes.
The Erewash Triathlon starts with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool followed by a 16km bike before competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park. 
Erewash Borough Council is once again working with Stuweb Race Timing Solutions to stage this year’s triathlon.
Triathletes can register now online at

Time to Bloom

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this week!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest is launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 12 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 13 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 12 April at or forms can be downloaded at

Egg-citing Easter fun on offer!

Easter themed games, drop in craft sessions, cuddly animals and all things Lego . . . Erewash Museum will host an eggs-travaganza of egg-cellent fun for the school holidays!
During the first week children can make and take home Easter themed crafts like finger puppets and bunny ears during free drop in sessions between 11am and 3pm on Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 April.
On Thursday 13 April, White Post Farm returns by popular demand with a collection of cute and cuddly creatures while there will also be chirpy chick or bunny rabbit face painting and Easter themed games around the museum. There is a charge of £1.50 per child (ages 1 – 16) and an additional charge for face painting.
The second week of the holiday will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Lego from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April between 11am and 3pm with a week of free fun and games, including an activity hunt to find Lego characters and the chance for children to make their own Lego character.
The Old Stables Tea Room will be open for light refreshments, including Easter treats and Lego themed cakes.
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.  Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum