Coronavirus and council parks and open spaces
Update Friday 27 March
We would like to reassure our park visitors that your health and safety is of utmost importance. We have had to make some decisions in the best interest of our visitors and staff, please see the following updates below.
- Sconce and Devon Park, Vicar Water Country Park, Newark Castle Gardens and other council open spaces will remain open for the time being however the Rumbles cafes at Sconce and Devon Park and Vicar Water Country Park are closed until further notice
- The senior and junior parkrun events at Sconce and Devon Park have been cancelled
- Our volunteer working groups have been cancelled
- The annual Easter Egg Hunts have been cancelled
- April Forest Schools have been cancelled
We believe these are the most responsible decisions to make at this time. We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available via our website and social media platforms.
In line with Government guidance
- if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to a park and stay at home for 14 days
- Please also ensure that you practice good hand hygiene
- No team games or large groups activities
- Stay 2m part from one another
- Use the park and open space responsibly
Guidelines on how to avoid the virus can be found on the NHS website
We would like to thank you for your continued support
Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. It stands now, partially destroyed, as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history.
Today, visitors can take tours, visit exhibitions or walk through the Victorian gardens.
- Public toilets are located in the Gilstrap Centre
- Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
- Surfaced pathways throughout the Castle grounds which are suitable for wheelchairs
- Parking available nearby
- Bandstand for seasonal concerts
- Newark Castle and Gardens is a Green Flag winning park.
The Castle is open all year from dawn until dusk.
King John exhibition
Please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 for more information and opening times.
Find out about King John and his links to Newark Castle with this informative exhibition.
Located in the North West tower, this exhibition is accessible through the warden's office. The exhibit is accessed via a narrow staircase.
Knights Templar exhibition
Discover the links between Newark Castle and the infamous Knights Templar in our exhibition dedicated to the 7 Newark Knights who were captive in the Castle.
This exhibition is part of the tower and undercroft tour. Please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 for availability and up to date times.
We offer seasonal castle tours throughout the spring and summer months. These are now over for the 2019 season and will resume in 2020.
Newark Civil War Trail
The Castle is part of Newark's Civil War trail. Watch the story of the Civil War unfold through dramatic high quality film clips on your smartphone or tablet.
Stoke Field Battlefield
Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field but it is the location of the battle of the infamous Wars of the Roses. Now the scene of a bloody conflict, which rewrote the history books, is being brought back to life in a joint project between Nottinghamshire County Council and the Battlefields Trust.
A new history trail, featuring five oak panels which describe the background to the battle, the bloody events of the day and the aftermath, will bring the fascinating untold story of this bloody battle to a new audience.
Visitors will be able to travel back in time by downloading videos, starring re-enactors in full historical costume, who tell the harrowing, first-hand accounts of the people who were actually there and experienced the battle.
Tours are now over for the 2019 season and will be back in 2020
Sky lantern and balloon release ban
Sky lanterns and helium balloon releases are now banned in our council parks.
The decision has been made due to concerns about the environmental impact of the balloons and risk to the public and animals.