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Ilkeston Food and Drink Fair 2015

It was indeed a very soggy start to today with the car boot already called off and indeed the showers still falling we thought that there would be no chance of any adventure today.


…..There came a break in the wet weather so we decided to head out somewhere local for the day and with the reports of the Ilkeston Food and drink fair still being on we geared up and made our way across our home town of Ilson and soon arrived at the stunning Art Deco building of the Stanton institute which was opened in 1937.

Know locally as the “STUTE” and home of Ilkeston’s toughest sports legends the “Elks” (Ilkeston RUFC).  It is here on the sidelines of this hallowed turf you can see across the Nutbrook valley to the beautiful village of Stanton-by-dale and the once impressive site of the old Stanton Ironworks.both of which we visited last Wednesday. As well its historical and sports connections the Stute is also famous as one of the main settings for a BBC TV program called “playing the field”.

Anyway’s back to the Ilkeston food and drink fair. Although it had still been drizzling this had not damped to apitite for Ilson’s local residents desire to try and sample the delightfully delicious offings the fair had to offer from the hot & spicy to the sweet and delicious.

Of course we had the food but the drink came in the form of several micro brewery’s offering there labours of love to the thirsty punters.

The Ilkeston Food and Drink Fair also played host to a wonderful arts and crafts tent which provided visitors with cover for the now getting rarer light showers.

Of course one stall that actually benefited from the showers was the plant stall run by peacock plant nursery with there plants adding much needed brightness and colour to the slowly disappearing clouds above.

While we were there the Fair was slowly just kicking into gear but already the events for kids were ready to entertain the young explorers with bouncy castle , petting zoo and pony rides provided by Oakfield farm.

Also on site to entertain the throngs of visitors arriving at the fair was national radio station Smooth FM. Just from our morning visit it was clear to see that even with the damp start to the event the Ilkeston Food and Drink Fair was a huge success and has created another fantastic event to add to the ever growing list of reasons to Love Ilkeston.

We cannot wait to see what amazing things the organizers will be able to surprise us with next year as it looks like they have already set a very high stranded to try and beat with this years event.

How to get to the Stute (Stanton institute)

By bus –

the Nearest stops are on Corporation Road which is an aproximatly 2-3 minuet walk onto Hallam fields Rd and the Stute and is served by:

21 – Mon to Sat

20 – Sun & Bank hol’s 

well untill our next Adventure remember to…..

Get outdoors and Keep Exploring

and please don’t forget to share your adventures with us for a chance to become an #OswaldExplorer


I am a farther of three amazing children and also a travel writer with my good friend Oswald. I am sometimes viewed as a bit eccentric but if you can't enjoy life then there's no point living it.

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