Christmas and New Year arrangements 2019

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2019

THE following opening times during the Christmas and New Year period have been announced by the Borough Council, together with the arrangements that have been made for various council services.

Council office closing times

Borough Council services at the Hinckley Hub will close at 5pm on Monday 23 December and re-open at 8:30am on Monday 30 December. 

Borough Council services at the Hinckley Hub will also be closed on Wednesday 1 January 2020.

In an emergency call 01455 251137

Refuse & recycling arrangements

There will be alternate arrangements for collections due on Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.  All other refuse and recycling collections will continue as usual during the Christmas and New Year period. However, the garden waste (brown bin) collection service will be suspended for two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period (last collection Friday 20 December and collections starting again Monday 6 January 2020). There will also be no collections of large items (bulky waste) during the same dates.

Alternate arrangements for refuse (black bin) and recycling (blue-lid bin) collections due on Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January are as follows:

  • Refuse due on Wednesday 25 December will be collected on Tuesday 24 December
  • Recycling (blue-lid) due on Wednesday 25 December will be collected on Monday 23 December
  • Refuse due on Thursday 26 December will be collected on Friday 27 December
  • Recycling (blue-lid) due on Thursday 26 December will be collected on Monday 30 December
  • Refuse due on Wednesday 1 January will be collected on Tuesday 31 December
  • Recycling (blue-lid) due on Wednesday 1 January will be collected on Thursday 2 January

For residents living in rural west areas of the borough who usually have garden and refuse bins collected on the same day, collection arrangements are as follows: 

  • Recycling (Blue-lid) due on Wednesday 25 moves to Tuesday 24 December
  • Recycling (Blue-lid) due on Thursday 26 moves to Friday 27 December
  • Refuse due on Wednesday 1 January moves to Tuesday 31 December.

Residents can find full details of collection dates online.

Free Parking on Saturdays in Hinckley

Customers are reminded that Christmas shopping in Hinckley will be given a boost this year with free car parking in selected town centre car parks on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.

Shoppers will be able to park for free in Lower Bond Street, Druid Street, Alma Road, Holliers Walk, Trinity Vicarage Road and Thorneycroft Road car parks in the four Saturdays before Christmas. The Borough Council has agreed to repeat the popular offer again this year in order to thank shoppers for their loyalty and to increase trade for shops and businesses. 

The free parking offer applies from 9am on Saturday 30 November and then Saturdays 7, 14 and 21 December. Shoppers are reminded that parking is free in all council run car parks on Sundays throughout the year.

Additionally, shoppers will also be able to park for free in North Warwickshire and Hinckley College (NWHC) car park in the four Saturdays before Christmas. The car park, which is directly behind the Atkins Building, can be accessed from Druid Street. 

Hinckley Market at Christmas

There will be markets as usual in Hinckley throughout the Christmas period on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays including Monday 23 December, Friday 27 December and Monday 30 December.

Festive Feast

A Sunday food and craft market offering a selection of hot and cold food plus crafts, collectibles and gifts will be in Market Place, Hinckley on Sunday 15 December from 10:30am until 4pm.  

This time we are including live music for the very first time with Hinckley’s own 4th Avenue, performing festive favourites in front of the Christmas tree. 

There will be 40 stallholders including street foods, warming mulled wine and cider, crafts, gifts, collectibles and more plus live music, Santa on Stilts and entertainment from Fosse 107.

Hinckley BID’s Santa’s Grotto

Hinckley BID is offering a Santa’s Grotto in Britannia Centre daily from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 December.

The grotto, which is located in the former Argos unit in Britannia Centre off Castle Street, is open from 12pm until 6pm on weekdays and from 10am until 4pm at the weekend.

Entry costs £2 per child, with free admission to under 3s. Each child will receive a gift. No booking is necessary.

Festive Fun Run

A free festive Family Fun run hosted by Hinckley BID and the Borough Council will be held on Sunday 8 December in Hinckley town centre. 

The run, which is just under a mile long, starts at 11am from the Market Place in Hinckley with participants invited to dress up as Santa, an elf or reindeer or wear their Christmas jumpers. 

There will be medals for everyone sporting a festive theme. Well-behaved dogs (on leads) in fancy dress are welcome to join in. There will also be four gift vouchers to be won for the best festive costumes. £50 each for the best individual and the best turned out group, with two lucky runners-up each receiving £25 (one Junior under 12 years and one Senior).

The route is suitable for all abilities including wheelchairs and pushchairs - walking, toddling or ambling is encouraged for any non-runners. There will be a fun warm-up routine at 10:30am from the ‘Healthy Elf’ for anyone interested!

Entry is free and parking is free in all council town centre car parks on Sundays.

To pre-register, email info@hinckleybid.co.uk

Hinckley Leisure Centre

Hinckley Leisure Centre will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 24 December (last admission at 11am) and remain closed on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December. The centre’s opening hours will be from 8am to 6pm from Friday 27 to Monday 30 December. The centre will close at 4pm on Tuesday 31 December and remain closed on Wednesday 1 January 2019. The centre will revert to normal opening hours from 6:30am on Thursday 2 January. For further information including the swim and class timetable see the Leisure Centre’s website

Community Houses

Earl Shilton Community House and Wykin Community House close at 12 noon on Friday 20 December and Barwell Community House will close at 12 noon on Thursday 19 December.  All three Community Houses reopen at 9:15am on Thursday 2 January.