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Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Summer in Southwell

Southwell has a busy fun-packed events programme including events at the Workhouse, the Archbishop's Palace, in town and at the popular summer musical festivals. Highlights include Southwell Fun day (with Vikings!) on the Burgage Green, the Gate to Southwell dance procession through the town, the Lions Duck race, Field Dog Antiques Fair at the racecourse and new outdoor theatre.

Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay and Relax in Southwell.

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.

Tour of Britain Bunch SprintOVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018

This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain promises to be a thrilling, innovative and unpredictable race as it passes through iconic cities, towns and landmarks.

Taking place from 2 to 9 September Nottinghamshire has Stage Seven on Saturday 8 September.

We are thrilled to have the race passing through many towns and villages within the district again this year. Get involved and support the riders in Newark and Sherwood.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday 8 September for Britain's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.


Everyone is welcome on this free to enter 5k timed run.

There is a friendly atmosphere and loads of support so join us at your local parkrun Saturdays at 9am.

We have some brilliant parkrun venues in or around the district including Newark, Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines.

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

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • Wednesday 8 August - Science for everyone!
  • September - Fiver Fest Fortnight with Totally Locally Newark
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September - Newark Palace Theatre Panto launch and auditions
  • Sunday 25 Nov - Christmas Lights Switch-On with musical acts and fireworks
  • Sunday 9 Dec - Newark Christmas Market and Winter Feast
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December - Newark Christmas Market Weekend

Dont miss Craft and Artisan Markets in the Market Square on the last Sunday in each month

The Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell

Save the date! Saturday 20 October 10am to 4pm

For the annual food and drink festival in the Minster, painting competitions and decorated shop windows, Morris dancing and live music, apple pies of course from Southwell WI and apple-themed children's activities at the Workhouse and Archbishop's Palace. 

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.

All year round attractions

There is something for everyone in Newark and Sherwood:

Local towns

Newark and Southwell are both vibrant attractive towns with regular regular market days and special events.

Tourist Information Centres

For friendly specialist information on all local attractions and up and coming events visit one of our tourist information centres which are located in Newark and Southwell.

Local weather

If you're unsure due to weather conditions or other circumstances, please check with the tourist information centre before attending an event that it has not been cancelled. We try and keep our events lists as up to date as possible but events can be cancelled at the last minute.

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