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.

Lighting up the Solstice

Erewash Museum will host celebrations to mark the Winter Solstice this month, an event organised as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Festival of Light programme.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 20 December and includes fun craft activities between 11am and 3.30pm.  Admission is free with a small charge of £1.50 for children wanting to take part in the workshops – which will include creating magical illuminations that can be added to the museum gardens.
Residents can also enjoy the free ‘Illumination Finale’ - an hour-long salute to the solstice in the gardens between 4pm and 5pm when there will be a moment of stillness and peace as the sun sets to reveal a nature-inspired installation of light in the gardens.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
“This is a magical event that is always popular with families and people of all ages. Enjoy the workshops or simply join us for the finale when the museum gardens will be transformed into an illuminated delight when the sun goes down.”
The Erewash Festival of Light is part of the council’s arts development programme and features workshops and events that celebrate occasions like Harvest Moon, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Christmas Carol Service

The traditional Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm, a perfect seasonal get-together for all the family. 
The service is always a popular event as people gather in front of the Town Hall to sing some favourite carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. The event marks the countdown to Christmas and will also feature a short service by the Rev Michael Petitt, of St Mary’s Church and members of Ilkeston Methodist Church, while Santa also hopes to make an appearance despite his busy schedule!
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, will attend the event and a collection will be held in aid of his chosen charities – The Royal British Legion and Cadet Units.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, welcomes residents and visitors to the annual Christmas Carol Service:
“This Christmas Carol Service is a heart-warming and traditional way for people of all ages to gather in Ilkeston’s Market Place and starts the real countdown to the big day. It is always a wonderful and welcome atmosphere and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Free Festive Films!

Erewash Borough Council and Reel Cinemas Ltd have teamed up again to bring free film screenings to Ilkeston’s historic Scala cinema every Saturday in December. Films will start at 10am, with doors opening at 9:45am. Seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
The free film screenings are part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed to encourage people of all ages to enjoy a Saturday morning in the heart of Ilkeston before taking advantage of the nearby market and shops.
The films are as follows:
•  6/12 – Paddington
13/12 – Frozen
20/12 – The Lego Movie
27/12 – The Boxtrolls
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“Our free film screenings have been a huge hit, so it’s great to celebrate the Christmas season with some of this year’s biggest films. The films are sure to provide something for everyone and fun for all!”
Paddington is a 2014 reimagining of the classic children’s tale featuring many well-known actors including Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman. Frozen is Disney’s highest grossing film of all time, despite having only been released at the end of 2013. The Lego Movie brings the classic children’s favourite to life with the help of Hollywood actors including Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks. The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s Here be Monsters, and includes the voices of Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost.