Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events


Have you purchased a lottery ticket in the last year? Every National Lottery ticket purchased helps fund heritage projects across the UK, including our very own Castle Gatehouse project. As part of the #ThanksToYou2018 campaign, FREE Newark Castle tours will be available on Sunday 16 December as a thank you.

Tours are taking place at 10am and 12 noon on the day and places are offered on a first come first serve basis. Please note, to qualify for the free tour you must be able to present a lottery ticket on the day (paper or digital ticket).

To book a place please email pr@nsdc.info including:

  • Your name
  • Contact telephone number
  • Which tour you would prefer (10am or 12 noon)
  • Amount of tickets required (please specify adults and children)

Terms and conditions:

  • One National Lottery ticket provides one free tour for up to one family of five on Sunday 16 December 2018 only.
  • National Lottery tickets for all National Lottery games can be used to qualify for the free tour, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard.
  • To participate in this promotion National Lottery tickets must be shown (whether in hard copy or digitally).
  • The offer is valid for Sunday 16 December 2018 only. Tours will be undertaken at 10am and 12pm and will be subject to booking confirmation by return email.
  • There are restrictions on the number of people on a tour and once a tour is fully booked Newark Castle will refuse to fulfil this offer.
  • Newark Castle Dungeon tours have a restriction of over 8s only.
  • Sensible clothing and footwear must be worn and participation on tour will be declined if deemed necessary.
  • All tours include stairs with no ramp access and are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
  • The Dungeon includes 18 steps of a ladder down narrow entrances into confined spaces.

Christmas in Newark and Sherwood

For Christmas markets, light switch on's and Christmas fun visit our Christmas pages.

Sherwood Forest

Visit the brand new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and find out about the legend of Robin Hood and the ecology and wildlife of Sherwood Forest. Call in the nearby Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre to browse the studio's and watch crafters and painters in action.

Village Ventures

The latest Village Ventures programme is now out and includes top class drama, comedy and music events in rural locations around the district including Coddington, Collingham, Rolleston, Southwell, North Muskham, Caunton, Norwell, Mapplebeck, South Scarle and South Clifton.


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.

Santa Run for Reach

9 December 2018

This year Reach is hosting its first Santa Run, taking place on 9 December at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark. This is a family friendly event. Participants can walk, jog or run the 2 km course, which winds around the Beautiful Sconce Park. All runners will receive a free Santa suit, mince pie and a medal.

This is a fundraising event for Reach Learning Disability and all we ask is that you raise a minimum of £10 in sponsorship per person to help us raise all we can from this fantastic, fun filled event. To make raising sponsorship easy we have set up a Just Giving page linked to the event. 

The run will start at 11am, registration will be open from 10am, situated on the top field (closest to Rumbles Cafe).

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • 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

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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Forthcoming Events

Are you organising a large event within the district? 

You need to tell us about the event as it may require consideration by the district's Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

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