Family fun for all at Ilkeston Charter Fair


It’s almost time for Ilkeston Charter Fair – and it’s 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 Market Place and the surrounding streets into a colourful spectacle.

Ilkeston Charter Fair attracts thousands of people, with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country.

Visitors can enjoy white-knuckle thrillers as well as 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 16th October until Saturday 19th October.

The ceremonial opening takes place on Thursday 17th October, when mayor of Erewash, Cllr Sue Beardsley, will ring the bell to get the 2019 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 musical procession from Erewash Museum to Market Place to help mark the start of the fair.



The opening ceremony – which will welcome representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire – will also be streamed live on Erewash Borough Council’s Facebook page.

Cllr Mike Wallis, the council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “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.” 

Ilkeston Charter Fair is situated in Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico.

Attractions are open 6-11pm on Wednesday 16th October and from midday until 11pm on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October.


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