Bramley Apple Festival

Celebrating the district's famous cooking apple. A festival suitable for the serious foodie as well as the casual passer-by. Every year, people gather in the picturesque town of Southwell where the Bramley apple was first propagated more than 200 years ago.


A music festival held in Farnsfield celebrating the best of local talent. There is also a wealth of activities to keep you entertained and an array of local food and drink to keep you energised.

Fiver Fest

£5 offers throughout Newark. More than 70 shops involved plus the buskers festival will be in full swing.

Forest Live

Outdoor concerts in the heart of Sherwood Forest. 

Gate to Southwell Music Festival

Southwell hosts 'Britain's biggest little festival' each June. English and Celtic music are at the core of the festival but they have expanded to embrace other roots music forms. Country, gypsy jazz, ska, rockabilly, blugrass, punk, traditional and contemporary music are all represented in this ever popular festival.


A family friendly festival created for children. It's aimed at families with children of all ages. Featuring music artists and some of the best loved children's TV characters and entertainers. 

Great Taste Festival of Food and Drink

Held at Clumber Park in September, this food and drink festival features cooking demonstrations, food marquee and craft marquee. There are always plenty of samples so you can have taste of what's on offer and there will be plenty of food stalls ready to serve you up a well deserved lunch.

Lady Bay Arts Festival

An amazing range of art and design by top East Midlands artists with activities for children and young people. Plenty of workshops are run throughout the festival so you can try your hand at a range or disciplines.

Lowdham Book Festival

A week long festival featuring talks and presentations from authors, poets and writers. There are events to suit all literary tastes and plenty for the kids to enjoy as well.

Major Oak Woodland Festival

A very special weekend to celebrate the life and history of the great British woodland. Demonstrations and displays throughout the weekend.


Newark's very own music festival featuring live music and big bands at Newark Showground. Mudfest features festival bands on 3 stages, big top tents, bars and loads of different kinds of entertainment.

Newark Blues Festival

With top national blues artists performing, as well as established local bands, the event attracts attendees from all over the UK and beyond.

Newark Book Festival

Taking place across three days from the 13th to 15th July 2018, this year’s theme will be Landscapes in Literature with the festival celebrating local literary heritage, fictional worlds, and highlighting the importance of location in fiction and non-fiction writing.

Newark Festival

Held annually in June, this festival is a musical extravaganza for the people of Newark. Along with the big musical names, there are street entertainers, food and drink festival, fun fair and Newark Carnival.

Newark Traditions Festival

Morris Troupes from around the Country will perform along with several folk plays and folk music. A small market will also be held along with various street entertainments. 

Patchings Art Festival

A very special opportunity to see, meet and buy from more than 250 artists, craft makers and photographers, all selected to showcase some of the very best in their field.

Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival happens every August in Sherwood Forest. 
Costumed characters roam the forest while music, jousting, theatre and much more bring the forest to life. There's also a funfair, food stands and lots of Robin Hood-themed activities which bring the legend to life.


An annual parade and festival held in Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Southwell Library Poetry Festival

The Southwell Library Poetry Festival is a regular event to celebrate poetry in all its forms. To compliment the Southwell Poetry Festival, Southwell Workhouse will be putting poetry around the Workhouse to provide further insight into representation and identity. Visitors can also contribute to a consequences poem and children can take part in a word scramble.

Southwell Music Festival

Southwell Music Festival is an annual, top-quality classical music festival taking place each August Bank Holiday to celebrate classical music, based around the town's magnificent mediaeval Minster.

The festival was founded by former Southwell Minster Chorister Marcus Farnsworth, an award winning baritone, who hails from the area.


Splendour has a proud history of bringing international artists to Nottingham's Wollaton Hall.


A weekend of music, food and fun in the beautiful village of Wellow.

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01636 819038


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