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All the fun of the fair!

The 770th Ilkeston Charter Fair is coming to town in October bringing with it thrilling rides and fantastic entertainment for all the family.

The Charter Fair is one of the largest and oldest street fairs in Europe and will transform Ilkeston Town Centre into an unmissable spectacle from Wednesday 19 October until Saturday 22 October.

Rides for all the family will fill the town, from white-knuckle attractions perfect for adrenaline seekers, to classic long-time favourites such as the big wheel and fun house. A new ride for 2022 – ‘The Sea Storm’ owned by showman Mr William Warwick- will be situated on Queen Street for daredevil residents and visitors to enjoy. The ride has been recently refurbished and is one of only two that travel the country.

There will be a range of food stalls as always selling hot dogs, burgers and sweet treats like candyfloss and doughnuts.

Residents can make the most of the annual event with £10 worth of discount vouchers for certain popular attractions in the autumn issue of EBC Today, the council’s community magazine.

As per tradition, the fair will have a ceremonial opening on Thursday 20 October starting at 11.15am when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor John Sewell, will ‘ring the bell’ to officially mark the 2022 Charter Fair open.

The ceremony includes the reading of the 1252 Charter which will take place outside the town hall. Local families and visitors will come together to join the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Councillor Carol Hart, Chief Executive Mr Jeremy Jaroszek, civic dignitaries from Derbyshire, and pupils from Parkside High to officially welcome the fair. The opening ceremony will be streamed live on the council’s Facebook page.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, says:

“As always, we are so proud to welcome back the Ilkeston Charter Fair. I look forward to seeing the town centre transform into an exhilarating pool of colourful lights, fantastic rides, delicious food and energetic music. The event is of great historic significance and I’m sure everybody in Erewash is as excited as I am to celebrate its 770th year.”

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 19 October and from 12 noon -11pm Thursday 20 October, Friday 21 October and Saturday 22 October.

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