This historic Green Flag awarded park provides top-class facilities for visitors and locals alike.
The park now has a ranger, toilets, cafe and play area, new footpaths and signs guiding visitors around the park to explain its history and ecology and a new bridge for pedestrian access to the Queen's Sconce - a 17th century Civil War fortification.
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
Queen’s Sconce - A 17th century Civil War earthwork fortification
The Scheduled Ancient Monument is one of the country's finest remaining earthworks from the English Civil War (1642-51). It is distinctively star-shaped when viewed from the air and is one of nine siege works remaining in a recognisable state in and around Newark. It’s considered an internationally important heritage feature, and is surrounded by open space and playing fields.
Civil War Trail
Two of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail are located in the park. The trail, which is accessed via an app, uses augmented reality technology, where pointing a smart device to a still picture triggers a video scene from the 17th century. The trail films – which can be witnessed at eight locations around Newark, including the National Civil War Centre - recall episodes from Newark's pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars. To download the app go to the App Store or Android Google play.
Sconce and Devon Park events 2020
Parkrun 9am every Saturday - currently suspended
Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday - currently suspended
Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 14 June
East Midlands Classic Vehicle Club show Sunday 2 August
Sconcefest Sunday 20 September
NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone
Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.
Wooden Civil War sculptures including soldiers and a horse, stand in a part of the park set out as a natural play area in 2009. The original facilities were made using trunks from trees that had been felled in the park. The district council and Friends of Sconce and Devon Park decided to submit a bid to Tesco's ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. The grant has been used to clear away the remains of the old area and to pay for the design, construction and installation of the figures.
The cafe is run by Rumbles Catering Project, which provides education and training for people with learning difficulties.
Voluntary parking charge
The park has a voluntary pay and display scheme. If you drive to the park you can, if you wish, make a parking donation of £1 for a day, or buy a season ticket for £20.
No-one is under any obligation to make a donation but any donations will be reinvested in the park. Everyone is still welcome to use the park, regardless of whether they make a donation or not and you won't be charged or fined if you don't buy a ticket.
Sconce and Devon Park has been successful in gaining a Green Flag award in recognition of its range of facilities, maintenance standards and opportunities for community involvement.
Friends of Sconce and Devon Park
The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park is a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the park. The Friends meet every other month and new members are always welcome.