Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Heritage Open Days 

Various weekends throughout September

Enjoy special access to locations across Newark and Southwell including Newark Town Hall, Newark Castle, behind the scenes at the Palace Theatre, Brackenhurst college, Southwell Minster, Southwell Workhouse and the Old Courthouse in Southwell.

Civil War soldiers outside the National Civil War CentreNew exhibition officially opened by Lord Spencer at the National Civil War Centre

On Thursday 5 September 2019, the doors were opened to a brand new exhibition titled ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ at Newark’s National Civil War Centre.

Lord Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, officially opened the new exhibition.

The exhibition looks at the extraordinary transformation that came about during and following the Civil War. Re-building society after such a dramatic breakdown opened the door to a chance at revolution, and the chaos of war left a remarkable opportunity for creativity in its wake.

This 'World Turned Upside Down' is the namesake and focus of the new permanent exhibition which explores the 17th century's seismic shifts in religion, science, culture and politics.

Sconce and Devon Park events 2019

  • Parkrun 9am every Saturday‌
  • Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday

Newark Castle Events   

  • Saturday 14th September, 10am-4pm - Heritage Open Days - Come along to enjoy a fun family trail around the Castle grounds with the chance to see behind doors which are usually locked to the public!

The Workhouse Poetry Festival: Senses of Poetry

Sunday 8 September to Sunday 22 September 2019

The Workhouse, Southwell

This autumn, discover the smells and senses of poetry at The Workhouse. This year the theme is around care and creativity with the poetry reflecting the flavour of the garden and natural world.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the house and garden following a poetry trail, hear poetry as spoken word on special performance days, and take part in activities incorporating all the senses.

Visitors can also take part in special workshops led by writers and lecturers from Loughborough and Derby universities. This year, The Workhouse are delighted to welcome acclaimed poet Henry Normal who will be performing his own works as part of the experience on Saturday 14 September from 2pm.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Full details are provided on The Workhouse website.

Open Exhibition at Thoresby Park 

31 August to 28 September 

To accompany this year’s exhibition, Thoresby Park are asking visitors to get creative and take pictures of Thoresby estate/life and submit them for a new Thoresby Calendar for 2020.

Blessed with an abundance of nature, events and visitors to the park and they want to encourage guests through the open exhibition to take focus on a walk and find inspiration through photography.

Film Fridays in Lowdham

The very brilliant Lowdham Village Hall committee organise regular rural film shows in the village hall on the last Friday of the month.

Films start at 7.30pm and tickets are £6 or £5 for concessions

  • Friday 20 September Red Joan (12A)
  • Friday 25 October special double-bill for Halloween! 7pm Hitchcock (PG) and 9pm Ghost Stories (15)
  • Friday 29 November Fisherman's Friends (12A)

There is a licensed bar at all the screenings, plus ice cream, popcorn, hot drinks and a delicious selection of home-made cakes.

Live and Local Nottinghamshire

For many years the brilliant Village Ventures scheme has toured the district providing drama, music, comedy and dance within our rural village halls and community centres.

The scheme has recently rebranded to Live and Local Nottinghamshire and the autumn programme is out!

Villages in this year’s scheme include Gunthorpe, Maplebeck, Caunton, North Muskham, Norwell, South Clifton, South Scarle, Winthorpe, Coddington, Barnby in the Willows, Blidworth and Oxton.

The local programme includes drama and comedy with the Fishhouse Theatre, blues-folk with Sunjay, high-energy  vaudeville with My Sweet Patootie, fairy tales with the Gonzo Moose Theatre, puppetry and clowning with Eggs on Legs and warm- hearted drama with Old Herbaceous (dubbed Downtown Abbey with gardening tips)  and much more. There really is nothing like a live show!

Find out what’s on this autumn near you…

Dates for your diary, special markets in Newark 2019

  • Saturday 7 September Farmers/eco market
  • Sunday 29 September Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Sunday 24 November Christmas Lights Switch-on
  • Saturday 8, 14, 15 and 23 December Christmas Markets

Newark Farmer's Market

The best place to find excellent food is at a farmer’s market. This is where growers, bakers and all kinds of food and drink makers sell their produce direct to you.

And the good news is the NEW Newark Farmer’s Market is coming to the market place on the first Saturday of each month.

Visit the avenues outside the Town Hall between 9.30am and 3.30pm for the best seasonal produce that the region has to offer.

Products on offer will include locally sourced meats, sausages and bacons, award winning pastries and pies, renowned cheeses from Cropwell Bishop Creamery and Lincolnshire Poacher, delicious brownies and confectionary, international food and specialist coffees.

#LoveYourMarket #KeepingItLocal

Parkrun

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.

Forthcoming Events

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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