A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and unmissable free family entertainment is on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 27 November.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season and Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up a feast of free family fun to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
A Christmas market and family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while there will be traditional festive music and performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band. Street entertainers, fun ‘walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus and some real reindeer will also ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.
In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with a Take That tribute band who will be playing from 6.20pm-6.50pm and 7.10pm-7.30pm.
The event will take place in and around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm - with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm.
One of the highlights of the event will be children from the local Dovedale Primary School taking part in a light procession wearing illuminated costumes inspired by snowmen and animals from the arctic.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We look forward to seeing everyone at this festive celebration, which is always a very popular event, full of seasonal spirit and great entertainment for all the family.
“The event always has a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to welcome the start of the Christmas season and is an opportunity for us to get together to celebrate our town centre and all that it has to offer.”
Erewash Borough Council will provide free one hour parking in its town centre car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton next year after the scheme was approved at the Council Executive meeting this morning. (Thursday 30th Nov)
Councillors gave the go-ahead for a six month trial of the free parking as part of the council’s wider programme of town centre regeneration.
The council’s pilot scheme will begin on 5 January next year and run through to the end of June – meaning all the spaces in the busiest town centre car parks will be free for one hour.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We see this as a very positive scheme that will be welcomed by both traders and residents alike – and we are confident it is a major step in our continued drive to help regenerate our high streets. We certainly hope it will encourage more residents to support their town centre and to shop locally. Over the six months we will be asking traders to help us monitor the impact and see if it does make a difference.”
The free one-hour scheme will replace the free 30-minute bays that have been available over the last year.
The car parks which will have the free one-hour parking next year are: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place, Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton - Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the Town Hall.
Erewash Museum hosts its free Christmas Fair on Saturday 13 December when shoppers have the chance to snap up some last minute gifts from a whole range of craft stalls.
Father Christmas and his little helpers will also be there to enjoy the event between 11am and 3pm. Children can visit Santa, with a small charge of £1.50 per child and booking is essential.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
“Our award-winning museum always stages this fabulously festive fair that is popular with shoppers and with children keen to see Santa. It’s a lovely Christmas event, so put the date in your diaries and enjoy the day!”
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free.
For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141