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NILABE110703c2, Kirk hallam lakeside festival. Frank 12 and William 8 Redfern holding a corn snake.
NILABE110703c2, Kirk hallam lakeside festival. Frank 12 and William 8 Redfern holding a corn snake.

For the people of Ilkeston and surrounding areas, there are many places to see and just as many activities to do.

And as we quickly come into what could be the best month of the year, here is what has been put on for you.

This Sunday will see the return of the annual Lakeside Festival at Kirk Hallam Lake, in Ilkeston from noon-4pm.

It is the third year the free festival will be held and will feature ferret racing, birds of prey and donkeys for animal lovers - while for thrill seekers, there will be a climbing wall.

Ilkeston’s single-screen Scala Cinema will be showing some of the summer’s biggest movies. From today, Thursday, Terminator:Genisys will be showing the next instalment in the hugely recognised Hollywood blockbuster series.

There is also a choice for the little ones with the new Minions movie now showing.

For art lovers, on Sunday and from July 7-12, the Rainbow Gallery at the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre will be hosting a temporary exhibition called ‘Summer’.

The exhibition by Sandy Hillyer will feature contemporary and traditional watercolour paintings in which some will have a mixed-media twist to portray the feeling of summer. Adult tickets are £5, children under 5 free.

Sunday, July 12 will see the traditional British brass Dinnington Colliery Band play at the Village Hall in West Hallam from 2-4pm. The band was originally founded in 1904 in Dinnington, Yorkshire.

Ilkeston Fire Station will be holding a free open day on Saturday, July 11. There will be an array of thrilling yet informative things to see and do on the day - including a firefighter demonstration, the chance to meet Freckle, the fire investigation dog, a mini-fire engine ride, a smoke house experience, plus much more.

Long Eaton will have its Main Street’s Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 4, from 11am-1pm. The fayre is being held to raise money for the Children’s Cancer UK charity. Raffle prizes, stalls and an appearance from Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen will make the fayre a must for the kids.

Babbington Rescue holds its free, annual open day and fun dog show in Awsworth on Saturday, July 11 at 11am. There will be a BBQ, bouncy castle, ice creams and stalls. The day is free for all.