Get out and about in the fresh air!

If you are in need of a breath of fresh air and an energising walk in the countryside during half term take a stroll around one of our local country parks.

The Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives website offers lots of ideas for pulling on your wellies, rolling up your sleeves and getting outside. You can have fun with boredom-busting summer holiday activities, find out about nature's signs of summer, make the most of local woods, look for animal tracks, explore, smell and splash around your local park.

Other country parks and gardens to visit locally include:

Let's get Active!

Our leisure centres run special activities to keep children happy and healthy during school holidays.

Play in the park

  • July 26 Play in the Park, (Jungle) Variety of games, craft, Balloon modelling, etc.
  • Aug 31 Play in the Park (Sports) Crafts, sports, games, Football shoot out, etc.

Summer in our Parks

Watch this space for new summer-time activities coming to our parks for May half term.

Art on the park 2017

A summer of fun in Southwell parks

To celebrate the new community park in Southwell the Friends of Southwell Parks are hosting a series of stay and play workshops over the summer holidays.

Activities include arts and crafts, drumming, circus skills and bushcraft workshops.

Summer in Southwell 2017

Find out what's happening this summer at Southwell Minster, The Workhouse, The Gate to Southwell Festival, The BHI Museum and Southwell Fun Day.

Newark Book Festival 2017

Newark Book Festival 15 and 16 July 2017Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July

Various venues around Newark including Newark Town Hall and market place, Newark Castle, local cafes, Millgate Community Centre and the National Civil War Centre.

The festival includes street theatre, storytelling, local poets, book stalls, boat trips, family events, children's workshops, as well as an exciting and varied author and illustrator programme.

Newark Library will be joining in by launching its summer reading challenge.

Visit our social media for behind the scenes news on twitter and facebook @newarkbf #newarkbf

Palace Theatre Summer 2017

  • Beauty and the Beast Junior, June 28, 8pm - With many fun supporting characters, fantastic costumes and a great musical score let New Youth Theatre Jr take you on a musical journey full of fun and laughter.
  • Oddsocks' Macbeth, July 20, 7:30pm - Shakespeare's dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks' hilarious Steampunk musical adaptation.
  • Summer Camp 2017 - Wicked, July 30 to August 4, 10am - 4pm - A great opportunity for young performers aged between 6 and 14 years to work towards a mini-production in 5 days.
  • Milkshake! Live, September 16, 12pm and 4pm - Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer and Shine and Pip from Pip Ahoy!

Tour of Britain Bunch SprintOVO Energy Tour of Britain

Nottinghamshire is hosting Stage Four of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017.

This is the UK’s premier road cycling race that takes place in September.

Wednesday 6 September will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark.

The tour of our district includes Blidworth, Farnsfield, Edingley, Halam, Southwell, Kirklington, Bilsthorpe, Edwinstowe, Budby, North and South Clifton, Girton, Collingham, Coddington and Newark.

Newark and Sherwood Festival of Cycling

We are so excited that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is coming to the district on Wednesday 6 September. In support of the tour we are hosting a festival of cycling at the end of the summer which includes a packed programme of events across the district.

Kid's Crafts at Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Edwinstowe

Join in some Wednesday fun at Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre during the school holidays. There is a small charge for each activity and not all activities will be available every session. Combine a trip with a walk around Sherwood Forest. Cafe available.

10.30am to 3pm

Activities include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sewing
  • Bath bomb making
  • Circus skills
  • Paper craft
  • Jewellery making


  • 26 July
  • 9, 16, 23 and 30 August
  • 25 October


Music and Dance Sessions at Newark Academy starting from 22 April, every Saturday in term time. 10am to 12pm

Saturday dance and music sessions at the Newark Academy from 22 April 2017.

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