Sunday, 16 July 2017


Residents can again pack their sun cream, sun hat and sunglasses this summer . . . because the beach is returning to Erewash Museum for the six week school holiday. Last year, the beach was set up in the museum garden for the first time and proved a big hit, with more than 13,000 visitors making the most of the fun. Now the 2017 Summer Beach will be even bigger and better and will be launched with a one day Victorian seaside event on Saturday 22nd July between 11am and 3pm. As well as being the first chance to enjoy the beach, the fun event will also include entertainers and donkeys for youngsters to fuss.
The launch event signals the start of the seaside-style fun that will continue throughout the summer holiday until Saturday 2nd September, giving families the chance to lounge in a deckchair, enjoy some light refreshments or ice cream from the Old Stables Tea Room, build sandcastles on the beach, and play with the giant games and a bubble machine. The museum itself is open throughout, giving visitors the chance to take a break from lounging by the beach to take a tour of the museum and its exhibitions, enjoy the tearoom or browse in the new look shop. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We’re delighted to be bringing the beach back to Erewash, it’s a real summertime special where families can enjoy themselves, have an ice cream and – hopefully – enjoy the sunshine. It will be great fun, while visitors can also learn more about our borough by taking a walk around our award winning museum.”
Families can go to the Erewash beach until Saturday 2nd September and it is open 11am to 3pm. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm during the school holiday, with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday. Beach play will be subject to weather conditions.
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free. For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page  or the website

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