Popular Medieval Fun Day Returns to Castle Grounds

Posted on: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

After a hugely successful debut last year which saw over 4000 visitors flock to its grounds, Newark Castle will once again be hosting a free Medieval Fun Day next month.

On Saturday 1st April, from 10am to 4pm, the much-loved local monument will play host to a fantastic variety of activities taking visitors 800 years back in time to the Castle’s medieval heyday.

There’ll be chances to try out medieval skills like having a go at archery, going to jester school to learn plate spinning and juggling, and playing the role of medieval invader by using a trebuchet. Families will be able to enjoy lots of entertainment too with music filling the grounds throughout the day from traditional instruments like harps and lutes. Plus, there’ll be performances in the Castle Gatehouse from Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and the monk who cured King John.

A dragon, knight and costumed performers will also roam the grounds over the course of the day and refreshments will be on offer including freshly baked pizzas.

Carys Coulton-Jones, Business Manager for Heritage and Culture at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “After this event proved so popular last year, we wanted to bring it back for local families to enjoy another slice of medieval life in the Castle grounds. It’s wonderful seeing this beautiful landmark being enjoyed and we’re looking forward to bringing more events to its grounds in the coming years as we work towards the Castle Gatehouse development.

Members of the Castle team will be at the event seeking public views on what they would like to see in its future and offering more information about the Gatehouse and Building Bridges project.

To find out more, visit the District Council website or follow Newark Castle on Facebook.