Clubs and Groups

Are you looking to join a local community group? There are a wide variety of different groups in Newark and Sherwood that you can get involved in whether you want to meet new people, play a new sport or help improve our environment. Take a look at the information below to find a group that is local to you.

Sports groups

You’ll find a wide range of sporting opportunities in our leisure centres - visit the Active4today website for more information.

Local clubs and groups also cater to a wide range of ages and abilities, providing both recreational and competitive opportunities. Joining a sports club is fun and social as well as a great way to get active. 

Visit the Sport for all page on the Nottinghamshire County Council website for more information on the different sports and facilities in Newark and Sherwood, including clubs and groups to join.


Parkrun happens every Saturday at 9 am, for free, in local parks around the world. All you have to do is register and turn up ready to run, jog or walk the 5k course. Our local parkrun venues are Sconce and Devon Park and Clumber Park. For more information and to register visit the parkrun website.

There are also several local running groups and clubs in Newark and Sherwood who cater to all abilities:


Walking is great exercise, it helps you relax and de-stress and engage with nature. For a social aspect, there are various walking and rambling groups in Newark and Sherwood, who enjoy organised walks and trips.

Visit our walking in Newark and Sherwood page for more information on local walks.


Cycling is a great way to exercise and have fun with friends and family. There are several local cycling groups in the area that cater to all abilities:

Visit our cycling in Newark and Sherwood page for more information on cycle routes in the area.

Community litter picking groups

There are also groups in Newark and Sherwood who are committed to keeping their communities clean by organising community litter picks.

Visit our community litter picking page for more information about these groups and how you can organize a voluntary litter pick in your area.

Men in sheds

Men in Sheds offers members the opportunity to share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive place.

They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work, or just chat.

For information and to find your local shed visit the Men in Shed’s website.


If you love any aspect of the arts from writing to painting or singing to photography, there are lots of friendly groups and clubs across the region to get involved in.

Visit our art directory page for more information about local art groups in Newark and Sherwood.

Volunteering opportunities

The Council and our partners offer lots of opportunities to volunteer in Newark and Sherwood including in our parks and green spaces and heritage sites.

As a volunteer you’ll be making a vital difference in our communities, as well as learning new skills, enhancing your CV and making new friends.

For more information about the volunteering opportunities in Newark and Sherwood, visit our webpage.