Oh we do like to be beside . . . 

Sandcastles, buckets and spades and all things seaside . . . Erewash Museum will host its first ever beach this summer when the gardens will be transformed into a seashore setting.
 
The purpose-built beach will offer free holiday fun throughout the school break and will be launched on Saturday 23 July with a Victorian-themed day between 11am and 3pm. The fun event will include Punch and Judy shows, donkeys, characters in Victorian costume and juggling demonstrations – plus a bathing machine that youngsters can climb into and have a splash around.
 
The seaside fun will continue throughout the summer holiday until Saturday 3 September, giving families the chance to lounge in a deckchair, enjoy some light refreshments from the Old Stables Tea Room or build sandcastles on the beach – buckets, spades and sand play equipment will be provided.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The beach is a first for Erewash and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of Erewash Museum – so a big thank you to them. What could be better than enjoying a day trip to the beach with the whole family without having to leave Erewash?
 
“It’s going to be great fun, so pull up a deckchair, keep your fingers crossed for sunshine and enjoy this summertime special!”
 
Families can go to the Erewash beach until Saturday 3 September. 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 www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  or the website www.erewashmuseum.co.uk