It’s almost time for Ilkeston Charter Fair. Spectacular rides, excited children, music and bright lights will all help to celebrate the event’s 767th year in the town.
The town centre will once again welcome one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, transforming the Market Place and surrounding streets into a colourful spectacle.
The Charter Fair attracts thousands of people with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white-knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites such as the big wheel and dodgems. There will be rides suitable for all ages to keep the whole family entertained.
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 16 October until Saturday 19 October and will once again be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday 17 October – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2019 Charter Fair officially underway.
The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, will take place outside the town hall under a covered walkway. Local families and visitors will gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair. This year, pupils from Dallimore and Dovedale Primary Schools will lead a vibrant musical procession from Erewash Museum to the Market Place to help mark the start of the fair. Guests at the opening ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire. The opening ceremony will also be streamed live on the council’s Facebook page.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are always proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair and look forward to the town centre being transformed into a family-friendly colourful scene full of rides, lights and music. The historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the amazing atmosphere and to experience the thrills on offer.”
The fair is situated in Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 16 October and from 12 noon-11pm Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October.
Road closures and suspension of residents' parking scheme
Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 767th 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 14 October to Sunday 20 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 21 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.
A one-way system will be in place along Wharncliffe Road, Albert Street and Queen’s Drive to the junction with Oakwell Drive. Diversions will be in place and signposted.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout the duration of Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles. These are situated on South Street, Pimlico, Queen Street and Gregory Street.
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 15 October until midday on Sunday 20 October:
South Street (from the Market Place to its junction with Gladstone Street West)
Wharncliffe Road (from its junction with Albert Street to the Market Place)
Queen Street - in its entirety
Market Place - in its entirety
East Street (from its junction with the car park to the Market Place)
Bath Street (from its junction with Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to its junction with Burns Street)
A map of the road closures can be seen by downloading this PDF.