Christmas What's On!

For light switch on events, fairs, markets and festivals, Christmas crafts and family trails and of course where to visit Santa.

Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Sleeping Beauty at Newark Palace Theatre

10 December 2019 to 4 January 2020

Starring Coronation Street's Nick Cochrane as King Hugo, this spectacular show is full of stunning scenery, sparkling costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of panto magic. This Christmas, you won't want to miss this beauty of a tale that's anything but sleepy!

Premium Performances: Stalls £21, £20 concessions; Circle £20, £19 concessions; Family £74

Standard Performances: Stalls £19, £18.50 concessions; Circle £18.50, £17.50 concessions; Family £68

Special Offer Performances: £17 Members Special Price Offer Saturday 14 December. £14.00 Available from Box Office Relaxed performance on Friday 3rd January 2.30pm.

Contact box office on 01636 655755 for more details.

Toddler Takepver day on Friday 29 November. Free day of activties for under 5's at the National Civil War CentreToddler takeover at the museum

Friday 29 November

10am to 4pm

Join us as the National Civil War Centre is taken over by toddlers!

Drop in with your little ones anytime between 10am and 4pm for a for a free day of fun as we offer them the chance to join our team.

Get stuck in as an archaeologist digging for treasure in our sandpit, guard our galleries as a member of security, make big decisions as a curator, join our marketing team making posters, become a member of café staff in our play kitchen and more!

A FREE drop in event for littleones!

Newark Castle Events   

Christmas at the Castle

Sunday 1 December, 3pm to 6pm

Hosted by HUG - their first Christmas mini market within the Castle walls in Newark!

Local businesses will be there with gifts and goods at a special price so that you can grab a Christmas bargain.

Entry is free and seasonal refreshments are available including mulled wine, hot chocolate and gingerbread.

Wrap up warm. bring your friends and listening to Christmas carols with the HUG team.

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 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

  • Sunday 24 November Christmas Lights Switch-on
  • Sunday 8 December Christmas Market
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 Winter Food Festival and Christmas Market
  • Sunday 22 December Christmas Market

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

Murder on the Agenda at Southwell Library

Southwell Theatre Club present ‘Death on the Agenda’ at Southwell Library on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December.

Doors open at 7pm and performance starts at 7.30pm.

A buffet supper is included and the bar is open from 7pm. After the short play, the audience are invited to interrogate the suspects, and expose the murderer!

Written and directed by Karen Winyard, the play is set in the fictional village of Market Bramley, where the WI is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a Christmas Party.

As the committee meet to plan their special day, tensions between the old guard and new members run high. Someone has more than “Jam and Jerusalem” on their agenda!

Tickets priced £9 are available from library on 01636 812148, or email


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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