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.
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 2019
Parkrun 9am every Saturday
Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday
Forest Schools workshops 22 October and 29 October for half term 9.15am to 12pm
Halloween trail and story-telling Sunday 27 October
Halloween at Sconce and Devon Park
Sunday 27 October
Enjoy the fright of your life with Halloween family fun at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark
2pm to 4pm Halloween crafts and mask making with the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub team. Wear your decorated mask for a musical drumming parade.
4pm to 5pm Join Ranger Sam for a nature trail around the park.
5pm Spooky storytelling with Nicky the witch.
Halloween just wouldn’t feel right without the seasonal food and music from the Rumbles team!
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.