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 the school holidays take a stroll around one of our local country parks.

Other country parks and gardens to visit locally include:

Festivals in Newark and Sherwood

The Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives website offers lots of ideas for pulling on your trainers, rolling up your sleeves and getting outside. You can have fun with boredom-busting school 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.

Let's get Active!

Our leisure centres are running lots of activities this Summer holiday including swim camp, a sports camp for all ages and junior fitness circuits across the district. 

Robin Hood Craft Sessions

Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Edwinstowe

Children’s arts and crafts at the Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre each Wednesday throughout the summer holidays 10.30am to 3pm

Have a go at making a bath bomb, cards and paper crafts, sewing and felted key rings and bracelets, paint a pot, and watercolour painting.

The craft centre is free to visit and enjoy and there is a small charge for each children’s craft starting from 50p. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are available from the café.

On Friday 31 August join Lynn and Max for circus skills on the craft centre lawn. Have fun learning how to juggle or spin poi or diabolo. Test you balance and coordination or make a balloon animal.

Combine a school holiday trip to the Robin Hood Festival which runs Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 Sept with a visit to the art and craft centre which is just next door to the new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.

Robin Hood Craft Sessions each Wednesday during the holidays at Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre

Sconce and Devon Annual Play Day

2 August 1pm to 3pm

Including Sumo Football, Trampolines, Human Table Football, Lincoln City FC in the Community, Girls Football, Stilt walkers, Arts and crafts and loads more. 


Playschemes with Newark and Sherwood Community Hub

Millgate Community Centre

All 9.30am to 2.30pm, £5 per child per day (5-11yrs)

  • July 30
  • August 3, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23

Ollerton playscheme at Ambleside Community Centre
Yew tree road Ollerton

10am to 2pm Free for children aged 5 to 11 yrs

Booking recommended call 01636 647121 or email

  • 13 and 14 August

Holiday Forest School

Forest School involves learning and discovery that is in tune with nature and the great outdoors. It aims to promote new skills, confidence, self-esteem and team building whilst participants take part in fun outdoor activities at our local parks and woodlands.

  • Tuesday 3t July 9.15am to12pm at Sconce and Devon Park (meet outside Rumbles Café)
  • Tuesday 7 August 9.15am to 12pm at Vicar Water Country Park (meet at the bottom car park near golden hand)
  • Tuesday 14 August 9.15am to 12pm at Sconce and Devon Park (meet outside Rumbles Café)
  • Tuesday 21 August 9.15am to 12pm at Vicar Water Country Park (meet at the bottom carpark near golden hand)

Places are available for children 5 to 10 years old and each session is limited to 15 participants.

Each workshop costs £5 per child which includes a snack and drink. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay but not necessary.

Please call customer services (lines open Monday-Friday only) on 01636 650000 to book a place by debit or credit card.

Pirate Trail

Ahoy there, shipmates! NEW Pirate Trail at Vicar Water Country Park Clipstone

Free event during the summer holidays on Wednesday 1 August

1pm to 3pm and everyone welcome

Make an eye patch, walk the plank and enjoy a swashbuckling pirate adventure in the park.

With the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub team.

Pirate Adventure at Vicar Water Country Park Weds 1 August 1pm to 3pm

The Bard’s Tales

Sconce and Devon Park

Sat 18 and Sun 19 August 3pm

Can-Do Theatre presents The Bard’s Tales. An irresistible and hilarious combination of storytelling and performance. Enjoy best-loved scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and more.

The Running time is around 2 hours with interval and it’s suitable for children age 7+

Tickets: £10 full, £8 concessions, £30 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Tickets are available from the Palace Theatre, Newark

The Bareds Tales - Sat 18th and Sunday 19th August at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Larks in the Park

For circus skills, hula-fit and fun sports challenges with the Active4Today team

Free events for the summer holidays

  • Friday 24 August 12pm to 2pm Sconce and Devon Park Newark
  • Saturday 25 August 12pm to 2pm Yew Tree Park Ollerton
  • Sunday 26 August 12pm to 2pm Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone

Larks on the Park at Sconce and Devon Park Newark on Friday 24 August at 12pm

Clumber Park is going cycling crazy this summer!

Take a look at some of the fabulous two-wheeled activities for families that are on offer at the park over the summer holidays.

Clumber Park has a regular daily cycle offer with trails and cycle hire.

NEW this summer are Learn to Ride Fridays designed to help younger children get their stabilizers off or move from balance bikes to pedal bikes. This is free as part of the Clumber Park Summer of Sport and is led by qualified and experienced members of staff.

A British Cycling Let’s Ride pop up event is on Tuesday 21 August. Join the British Cycling team on the park between 11am and 3pm. There will be a closed road marshalled circuit for participants to do as many laps as they wish, along with cycling games and activities.

Families are invited to join in with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain celebrations on the park on Saturday 8 September when the tour comes through. There will be a marked family friendly route for visitors to either cycle themselves or they can join in a led ride.

Over lunchtime there will be cycling games and activities and lots of cycle silliness with a slow bicycle race and some penny farthings.

Then mid-afternoon everyone will be invited to head over to Lime Tree Avenue or Clumber Lane to watch the tour pass through. Normal admission charges will apply but all of the extra activities once in the park are free.

Open Exhibition at Thoresby Gallery

All of September
11am to 4pm (except Mondays)

We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Open Art Exhibition at Thoresby Gallery.

The Thoresby Open Exhibition provides an opportunity for local artists to display their own original works in a public gallery. You will see a variety of exhibits from the hand of local artists. On display could be prints, pastels, watercolours, textiles….there are no rules, anything goes so long as it is original.

The pieces of art submitted will be judged with the winner receiving a fabulous prize and two runners up will receive a shared exhibition in the Gallery in 2018!

If you would like to take part in our Open Exhibition, please email for an application form.

All artwork is for sale and you can be sure that it is truly original. Pop along, you may find something just to your taste.

Alongside this year’s exhibition we will run a budding artists competition. The gallery will host a ‘Budding Artist’ area where visitors of all ages can get involved and create their own artwork by decorating a postcard and displaying in the gallery.

The winning postcard will be printed and sold in Thoresby’s visitor information centre.

Hugs Cinema - The Greatest Showman, Friday 31 August

Bring your picnics and a bottle and enjoy this outdoor cinema experience. Supporting HUG

Gates open at 6.30pm for the movie to start around 8.30pm. All enquiries to:

Robin Hood Festival 

The Robin Hood Festival returns for its 34th year at Sherwood Forest!

The festival is free to enter however there is a parking charge of £5 per car.

More information about the festival is available here.

Little Blue Monster - Moday 20 August

Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty shipmate - grandpa Bert! She's not a real pirate - but Pearl loves to imagine she's sailing the seven seas on a swashbuckling pirate adventure!

One day, Pearl finds a stowaway aboard ship. It's a little blue monster. But little monsters grow into big greedy monsters - and this one wants his DINNER!

There's trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl.

Outdoor performance. Suitable for ages 3+

Book online

Newark junior parkrun

Newark junior parkrun is for juniors (4-14 year olds). How about trying one of the weekly junior 2k parkrun events?

It is held every Sunday at 9am at Sconce and Devon Park and it is FREE to join in and take part.

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! It's very friendly!

Every week parkrunners grab a post parkrun drink in Rumbles Café - please come and join us.


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