Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Run And Talk

#RunAndTalk is designed to improve mental health wellbeing through running and breaking the stigma associated with mental health. During the week of 2 to 8 February 2019 we're encouraging people to run a mile or further and chat with friends, family or other runners.

Newark Striders Running Club are organisaing a run on Thursday 7 February at 6:45pm from Fernwood Village Hall, Newark, NG24 3JR.

The run will be loops of 2K each and there will be options to walk, jog or run so everyone is welcome. 

You can register for the run here.

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. The arts and craft centre offers children's activities each Wednesday during school holidays.

The night sky at Sherwood Forest

Saturday 2 February and Saturday 2 March

Enjoy an evening of stargazing at Sherwood Forest!

Learn about the night sky in general, particularly naked eye celestial delights such as the planets, aurora, meteors and stars.

Nigel Cunnington will provide his in-depth knowledge of all things radio astronomy, and will have a fabulous display of meteorites for visitors to look at and hold, each having its own story to tell. We also hope to listen to meteors in real-time using an antenna and computer software.

The evening will include a talk about the Moon, and if we’re lucky enough to have a clear night, will include viewing it with telescopes provided by Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society.

£8 per person, or £6.40 for RSPB Members. Not suitable for children under 8 years.

Snow White, Rose Red and Brown Bear is at Newark Palace Theatre on Snow White, Rose Red and Bear Brown

Newark Palace Theatre on Saturday 16 February at 2.30pm

Snow White and Rose Red, sisters, twins, and best friends have lived in the forest since they were babes in the wood.

Not as worldly wise as their mother would have liked, they are nonetheless kind, caring and sometimes a little over-enthusiastic in their deeds! When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear, a new chapter begins. But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows? Why is there sadness in his eyes? And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping into?

All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest. Suitable for age 4+ 

Nest Box Building in Sherwood Forest

Tuesday 19 February 11am to 2pm

Drop into Sherwood Forest during National Nest Box Week and make a nest box for the feathered friends in your garden.

Join the RSPB's friendly team who will help you build your own nest box to take home.

You’ll also have the chance to join free guided bird walks at 12 and 1 o’clock, to learn about the residents your new bird box could soon have.

£8 per nest box, or £6.40 for RSPB Members. Suitable for children, however they must be accompanied by an adult.

Lowdham Film Weekend 

Saturday 2 March 

Peter Rabbit
10.30, (1hr, 35 mins) 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald 
1.30, (2hrs, 14 mins) 

The Children Act
4.30, (1hr, 45 mins) 

A discussion of the film or book over a free glass of wine, 6.30 to 7pm. 

Sunday 3 March 

Christopher Robin 
10.30, (1hr, 44 mins) 

1.30, (1hr, 51 mins) 

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
7pm, (2hrs, 4 mins) 

Tickets £6 full, £5 concessions, £4 Festival Friends and under 16s. 

Tickets are now on sale and you can book at the box office line 0115 966 3219 or over the counter at The Bookcase, 50 Main Street, Lowdham NG14 7BE. 

Come and fly a kite at Sconce and Devon Park with our local experts

  • Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 24 February 10am to 5pm
  • Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 19 May 10am to 5pm

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.

Dates for your diary, special markets in Newark 2019

  • Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March Spring Craft and Garden Show
  • Easter Sunday 21 April Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Sunday 26 May Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Saturday 15 June Newark Food and Drink Festival
  • Sunday 23 June Newark Armed Forces Day
  • Sunday 30 June Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July Newark Book Festival
  • Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July Traditions Festival and Artisan Market
  • Sunday 28 July Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Sunday 4 August European Juggling Convention – Bid Day Out!
  • Sunday 29 September Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Sunday 24 November Christmas Lights Switch-on
  • Saturday 8, 14, 15 and 23 December Christmas Markets

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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