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. Hightlights 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.
Join Lynn and Max for circus skills whilst enjoying music in the bandstand.
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.
Newark Book Festival returns, bigger and better than ever for 2018
Newark Book Festival is returning to Newark in July 2018 with the town’s biggest ever celebration of books and literature.
Taking place across three days from the 13th to 15th July 2018, this year’s theme will be Landscapes in Literature with the festival celebrating local literary heritage, fictional worlds, and highlighting the importance of location in fiction and non-fiction writing.
This year’s event has an impressive line-up in locations across the whole town, with a themed marketplace full of literary inspired stalls and performances for the whole family to enjoy.
You can stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on Facebook or Twitter
Get your groove on at Farnstock! Saturday 21 July 12pm to 12am
Now in its sixth year, Farnstock 2018 is an ‘on-your-doorstep’ family-friendly music festival in Farnsfield.
This popular local family event will showcase 12 hours of live music and DJs across 2 stages, with a fantastic full line up of artists from midday to midnight.
Also back by popular demand is Farnstock’s mini beer and cider festiva, with a range of locally brewed ales and ciders to tempt any palate as well as our Pimms and Prosecco! Introducing this year by popular demand our secret Gin Bar!!
For families there is arts and crafts, a cinema marquee, circus skills and plenty of family friendly entertainment throughout the day.
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.
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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