Free Festive Parking Brings Christmas Cheer

Shoppers have voted the free 24-hour parking in Erewash a big festive hit as the final countdown to Christmas gets underway.
Erewash Borough Council launched its bumper parking scheme in all its car parks at the start of December and is offering round-the-clock free parking through to Saturday 3 January – the most extensive free festive parking offered by the council so far.
The scheme is part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed at attracting visitors to the borough and encouraging residents to shop locally
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We’ve had great feedback from residents, visitors and the business community who all appreciate the month-long free parking and its aim of helping our town centres. Everyone can see that the car parks have been busier, which is excellent news.
“We’re now into the final fortnight of this Christmas season, so we would urge everyone to continue to make the most of the free parking – and, more importantly, to support our markets, our town centres and our village centres by shopping locally.”
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Walking In The Moonlight

Erewash’s popular moonlight walk is back on Sunday 28 December - the walk offers the perfect opportunity to explore Erewash from a whole new perspective.
The walk starts at 5:30pm from The Nags Head, Sawley and costs £5 for adults, £3 for children and £13 for a family of four - the price includes refreshments and head torch hire.
The walk takes around one hour and is suitable for all ages, however under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 “The Moonlight Walk offers a unique way to view the sights across Erewash, and is a perfect way to take some exercise this festive season. The walks are always popular with our residents at this time of year and are a great opportunity to experience and explore Erewash at night.”
The Nags Head is located on Tamworth Road, Sawley.
For more information or to book places on the Moonlight Walk visit:, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Sport and Health on 0115 907 2244 extension 4314.

Sensory Santa Sessions

Enjoy a unique way to celebrate Christmas this festive season with Victoria Park Leisure Centre’s Sensory Santa Sessions. The magical sessions include relaxing sounds and lighting in the centre’s sensory pool - a virtual Santa will swim in the pool with Christmas music adding to the atmosphere.
Sessions are 30 minutes long, and are aimed at children up to eight years with their parents/guardians - each session costs £3.60 for one parent and a child under five, or £3.10 with a leisure card; an adult with a child aged five to eight years, sessions are £5.75 or £5.25 with a leisure card.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our Santa Sessions are a unique way for families to enjoy a special Christmas atmosphere in the sensory pool at Victoria Park Leisure Centre.” 
Sessions are available on the following dates:
Monday 22 December: 11am – 2pm and 4pm - 6pm 
Tuesday 23 December: 9.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 24 December: 9.00am – 1pm
Saturday 27 December: 9:00am – 2.30pm 
Sunday 28 December: 9:30am – 1.30pm
Sunday 28 December: 1.30pm – 2:30pm (people with disabilities only)
Monday 29 December: 11am – 2pm and 4pm - 6pm 
Tuesday 30 December: 9.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 31 December: 9:30am – 1pm

Festive Pool Party

Families can go along and enjoy a Christmas themed pool party at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston on Saturday 20 December between 3.30pm and 4.30m.
The afternoon festive splash time will offer fantastic family fun and will feature music, water toys, floats and Santa will make an appearance ahead of his busy schedule.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“This will be a great way for families to get together and enjoy the festive season with lots of laughter, fun and celebrations . . . while offering the chance for some splash time exercise!”
Admission to the pool party is £2.15 for juniors (£1.65 with a leisure card) and £3.60 for adults (£3.10 with a leisure card). Under 5s swim free and children under eight years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
A maximum of 125 tickets are available.  Anyone wanting more information can contact Victoria Park Leisure Centre on 0115 944 0400.

Christmas Markets

Erewash residents and visitors have the chance to grab great gifts and festive food at the popular Ilkeston and Long Eaton markets in the busy run up to Christmas.

Markets will be held in both town centres on Tuesday 23 December and Christmas Eve and again on Saturday 27 December.  
Santa Claus will also make last minute visits to add to the festive fun at Long Eaton market this Saturday (13 December) and Ilkeston on Saturday 20 December when he will be handing out candy canes to children between 11am and 2pm.
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“The days leading up to Christmas are always busy and it’s great news that our markets in Ilkeston and Long Eaton will be trading in the run up to the big day for those looking for last minute gifts and festive fayre for the big day.”
Ilkeston’s Thursday market will not be held on New Year’s Day, Thursday 1 January.