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Forthcoming Events

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Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Beaumond House - Chase the Royal Rainbow 5k!

Saturday 19 May at Southwell Racecourse

9.30am to 3pm

Join the biggest street party around to celebrate the Royal Wedding, with a royal themed colour run and a family fun day.

The most fun and colourful run you will ever do! Finish the 5k through a cloud of colourful, environmentally friendly powder paint and enjoy a fun paint fight at the most fun 5k you will ever do!

This year, the run will be held on a Saturday and will be part of a family fun day - lots to do for all the family! The 5k is for all abilities – it isn’t a race so you don’t have to run! You can walk, amble, skip, hop or jump your way round.

The day includes stalls, crafts, circus skills and refreshment.

Chase the Rainbow 5k on 19 May at Southwell Racecourse

Reach Off Road

Sunday 3 June at Southwell Rugby Club

8am - 11am

Entry is now open for this years event.

Reach Off Road offers 4 routes - 5, 10, 20 and 37 mile options. The event is well known for it's friendly atmosphere and wide array of cakes!

For more information please contact Sarah Cobb or call 01636 819066.

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • Sunday 6 May - Civil War Muster
  • Monday 7 May - Civil War Muster and Caribbean Cook Out (BBQ Festival)
  • Weekend 27 and 28 May - Spring Craft and Artisan Fayre
  • Saturday 16 June - Food and Drink Festival
  • Sunday 24 June - Armed Forces Day and Monthly Sunday Craft Market
  • Weekend 13 to 15 July - Newark Book Festival
  • Weekend 20 to 22 July - Newark Traditions Festival
  • Wednesday 8 August - Science for everyone!
  • Sunday 25 Nov - Christmas Lights Switch-On with musical acts and fireworks
  • Sunday 9 Dec - Newark Christmas Market and Winter Feast

PLUS: Craft and Artisan Market last Sunday in each month commencing March 2018

Newark Book Festival returns, bigger and better than ever for 2018

Newark Book Festival is returning to Newark in July 2018 with the town’s biggest ever celebration of books and literature.

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.

Building on the success of the first revamped event in 2017, which drew almost 2,500 people to Newark, the 2018 festival will be taking place across 11 venues throughout the town, including for the first time, Newark Palace Theatre and Carriages cafe.

This year’s event is set to have an even more impressive line up, with a themed marketplace full of literary inspired stalls and performances for the whole family to enjoy.

You can stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on Facebook or Twitter

Tickets will be on sale in the coming months.

Newark and Sherwood Poetry Trail logoNewark and Sherwood Poetry Trail

Once the home of the well-known poet Lord Byron, Newark and Sherwood has always boasted of its literary prestige, and this summer you can celebrate with a fantastic poetry trail.

Including three locations that have inspired poets; Newark Castle, Southwell Minster and Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre, plus two literary festivals, Newark Book Festival and the Bryon Festival, the trail is the perfect way to discover the beauty of Newark and Sherwood.

Additionally, by visiting three of the five venues on the poetry tail you could be in with a chance to win an amazing bundle of local artistic and literary prizes.

All year round attractions

There is something for everyone in Newark and Sherwood:

Local towns

Newark and Southwell are both vibrant attractive towns with regular regular market days and special events.

Tourist Information Centres

For friendly specialist information on all local attractions and up and coming events visit one of our tourist information centres which are located in Newark, Rufford and Southwell.

Local weather

If you're unsure due to weather conditions or other circumstances, please check with the tourist information centre before attending an event that it has not been cancelled. We try and keep our events lists as up to date as possible but events can be cancelled at the last minute.

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