New ownership of the Buttermarket

Newark’s Buttermarket and Royal Exchange is now owned and managed in partnership by Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark Town Council.

A phased plan of action is underway that will initially see activity and life brought back in the buildings. We will also be undertaking some refurbishments and repairs.

We see the iconic buildings as playing a major and strategic role in boosting the town’s retail, cultural and leisure offer.

Our plans

A number of new shops are open in the Buttermarket in the short term (3 to 6 months) giving local and new ‘start-up’ enterprises a central high street position to enjoy. This has created a busy and vibrant atmosphere in the Buttermarket giving us time to formulate our longer term plans.

Disabled access is available via Chain Lane and Middlegate Entrances.

Events at Newark Buttermarket

  • Saturday 29 June carts from the Cake Lady
  • Saturday 6 July carts from Darcey Delights and Stephanotis Art
  • Friday 12  July carts from the Cake Lady
  • Saturday 13 July at 11.30am Newark Community Choir for Newark Book Festival
  • Saturday 13 July at 1pm to 3pm free children’s arts and crafts for Newark Book Festival
  • Sunday 14 July 10am to 4pm for Newark Book Festival
  • Sunday 4 August 10am to 4pm for the European Juggling Festival

Temporary shop units (up to 12 week lease) in Newark Buttermarket

We welcome start-up enterprises and retail, makers and crafters and any local business in need of temporary space. You can also hire a cart on a daily or weekly basis.

Please contact Pete Preece Buttermarket Project Manager on 01636 655 832.

Welcome to our new Buttermarket businesses

Ground Floor

Beau & Brooke

For fabulous home interiors and accessories. Shabby Chic and Vintage Style products that you will not find everywhere on the high street!

Contact Joanne Coops by email or call 07866 680 179. Follow Beau & Brooke on Facebook

The Scented Home Gifts

Vintage bath and body boutique selling a range of handcrafted vegetarian and vegan soaps and bath bombs, cosmetics, candles and gifts.

For the latest news and details of our product range please follow The Scented Home on Facebook

Forever Flower Ceramics

Hi I am Edit, and I originate from Hungary, although I have made Newark my new home. I sell the most beautiful hand-made ceramic flowers , hand-made by my own family back home in Hungary.

I have a successful business and love doing events and supporting Newark Market! My flowers are beautiful and last forever, they brighten up any room. I have created a fantastic customer base, and look forward to my year ahead.

Email Edit Doma or call 07718228390

Boo Barn Boxes

Amanda and Vikki make quirky handmade goodies from quality reclaimed wood. Items include dog lead boards, picture boards, bottle opener boards, candle holders and personalised boards.

We do everything ourselves and no product is the same. Great for personalised gifts or fun home decoration.

Email or call 07825 776 256 or like Boo Barn Boxes on Facebook

Handmade Jewellery and Accessories by Kate Marvell


Wooly Wotnots

I'm Julie the owner of Wooly Wotnots. I am a fibre artist who lives in Newark. I started felting in January 2018 after my daughter bought me a small kit for Christmas, and now I'm well and truly hooked. I can usually be found every Friday in the Crafty Quarter on Newark Market, and I also have a stall on the monthly Artisan market.

You will be able to see my work in the Buttermarket each week Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. 

Email Julie Webster or call 07399483943. Follow Wooly Wotnots on Facebook

The Soup Dwagon

We are The Soup Dwagon. We offer a mobile catering experience providing a range of rustic home-made soups with locally sourced ingredients. We have a five star hygiene rating and can offer healthy take-way options at part of the council’s HOT scheme.

Call us on 07952 926504 or like The Soup Dwagon on Facebook

Sweet Vibes by Chamiah Goulbourne

Newark’s first 100% vegan eatery, Sweet Vibes, sells tasty and healthy plant-based food in the Buttermarket.

Everything is home-made by Chamiah locally.


Why Lizzie Was Late

Contemporary paintings and canvases by Lizzie Rose. Artwork inspired by nature and local locations.


Rhodes Annals Designs

For bags, textile goods, cards, jewellery, knitting, cushions, blown glass and pictures. Lots of choice for anyone hunting for a unique and special gift.

Contact Viv and Mike Rhodes

M J Roberts Studios

Local freelance artist offering pet memorials and landscapes also lessons and workshops.

Contact Mel Roberts on 07966 455 518 or visit

Gilded Raven

Local artist Suzie Jones, whose quirky artwork is the design inspiration for Carriages Cafe in Newark Castle Station, is now also selling her artwork, magical curios and uniquely decorative re-imagined furniture in her little emporium ' The Gilded Raven ' found inside Studio 10 at the Buttermarket.

Come and take a look or contact her by using the following options

LetsXscape cafe

We are 'letsxcape together' a family and friends orientated board gaming and events cafe in association with letsXcape the escape rooms at Kelham Hall.  On offer is hosted board gaming along with coffees and teas as well as savoury grazing pots.

We hope locals and visitors will pop in and check out our services and maybe grab a bargain as we are offering new discounted games to buy as well. Hosted board gaming, birthday parties, business meet-ups and team building events.

Upper Floor

By Tonya Art and Photography Studio

I am a creative minded and family orientated person. I have studied both art and photography and enjoy experimenting with mixed media.  My studio is open to everyone whether it be one person to a whole family.

As a mother I have some experience around children with additional needs and would like to offer extra time to families with special and additional needs so that they are comfortable and ready to go in front of the camera.

In time I am hoping to offer themed photos shoots.

Contact Tonya Glennester on 07508 953 802 or visit

Eco Yabber

Visit Eco-yabber

Contact Emily Slann by email

Posh frocks for tiny tots

For children’s handmade clothing. Outfits for children made with love and care. Bespoke christening gowns also designed from your wedding gown to create a new family heirloom.

Contact Kathryn Barker by email or call 07947 126 815. Follow Posh frocks for tiny tots on Facebook

C4ndoo Aquatics

We are a small family run business which started as a personal hobby. We decided to make our own caves and swim-through ornaments to give a fish tank a more natural look.

Email or say hello via facebook

Red Farm Fabrics and Crafts

Selling beautiful fabrics and handmade crafts.

Contact Jo Parker by email or call 07806 608 550. Follow Red Farm Fabric and Crafts on Facebook

Holistic Hideaway 

Email Rachel Payne


The Shaw Mind Foundation wants to invite you to Breathe. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays between 10:00am-2:00pm. Take some time in our safe space upstairs in the Buttermarket to find support for your health and wellbeing. 

You can also come and find out what's out there already, what The Shaw Mind Foundation can do for you now, and tell us what we can do for you in the future.

Coffee and Tea is available. 

Contact us on 01636 600825 or

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