Christmas Card Competition

This year’s Community Civic Carol Service hosted by Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Mrs Rita Crowe, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 5.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Newark. 

Councillor Mrs Crowe has launched a Christmas Card competition to raise funds for her chosen charities of Rainbows Hospice for children and young people and Beaumond House. 

There will be 10 cards in a pack and we will be asking for a minimum donation of £2 per pack.  The cards will be on sale at the Carol Service.

The competition is open for children in years 3 – 6 and all winners will receive a prize!

Children can choose from either a landscape or portrait design. Please ensure the children only colour/paint within the black lines to assist with the printing of the cards.   Please ensure their name and year group is clearly written where shown.
 Landscape Christmas card template (PDF File, 31kb), Portrait Christmas card template (PDF File, 24kb) 

The closing date for entries is  Friday 31 October 2014 with judging taking place on 4 November and winners will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

If you are not able to attend the Carol Concert the Christmas Cards can be purchased through the Civic Office at any time.  A cheque can be made payable to “Newark & Sherwood District Council” or cash/card payment can be made at the reception at Kelham Hall.

Community activities

We have a varied programme of family activities taking place throughout the autumn and winter.

Leisure centres all year round!

With gymnastics, active trampolining, swimming, active dribblers football, active go karting and youth fitness in the junior gym, to name a few, plus the fantastic school holiday programmes, there’s something to suit children of all ages.

Download the timetable for your preferred leisure centre for the latest children's activities.

  • Xperience timetables (gymnastics, junior fitness, trampolining, go karting etc)
  • Children's holiday programmes
  • Children's parties

Children's parties

At our leisure centres we have an extensive range of fantastic parties for children of all ages and interests.

Please contacts the centre of your choice for more information about parties.

What's on in our leisure centres?

October Half Term programmes from our leisure centres

Junior Triathlon Training Camp

Girl participating in triathlonAbsolute Tri and Whole Health are offering young athlete's the opportunity to train with their experienced triathlon coaches during the October half-term in a safe, fun environment.

The camp will run for four days and will culminate in a race on the final day. Your athlete can attend for two or four days and the price of the race is included in the fee.

Cost: £75 per child for the two days, £140 for 4 days £18 race only (£12 club members) 
Age: 8-16
Level: Beginner to experienced. Children MUST be able to swim at least 100m without stopping, preferably front crawl
Location: Dukeries Leisure Centre, Main Rd, Boughton, Newark NG22 9JJ

Places are limited. To book your child’s place, or for more info, please contact or call 07813965956

Halloween fun at Sconce and Devon Park

Happy Halloween PumpkinsThursday 30 October 1pm -6pm

We are holding a Halloween fun day run in partnership with Newark Play Support group with activities including bouncy castles, trampolines, drumming, juggling and a lantern and mask making workshop.

There will be Halloween story telling in Rumbles Café at 5pm by the award winning Nicky Rafferty. The story telling will include a short lantern walk around the park

All FREE please come along and join in the fun! 

Clipstone Zombie Picnic

Wednesday 29 October 4-8pm

At Vicar Water Country Park. Free admittance.
Halloween themed activities, fancy dress, lantern competition, ghost stories, lantern walk, spooky trail and more.
Hosted by Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group.

Spooky Tales

Friday 31 October 12-4pm at The Workhouse, Southwell

Come and listen, if you dare, to spooky tales told by Workhouse characters in this atmospheric setting.

Walk with the Hawks

Wednesday 29 October, 11am onwards, with the walk 2.30 - 4pm at Sherwood Forest

Take a walk on the wild side with falconer Chris Miller and his birds. A chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures and learn some fascinating facts. Pre-booking essential, call 01623 823202.

Sorry no dogs. Maximum distance 1.5 miles.

Adults £5, Children £2.50, Car parking charge applies.

Sherwood Halloween Walk

Friday 31 October 7.30pm

Are you brave enough to join one of our famous Sherwood Forest Halloween walks? Venture into the dark forest for a ghoulish experience but be prepared - who knows what you might meet! Bring a small torch to light your way, and dress to spook (don't forget to wrap up warm underneath though, and sorry but you'll have to leave dogs at home).
The Forest Table will be serving hot drinks and snacks during the evening.

  • Ticket only event
  • Tickets on sale from Wednesday 1 October
  • Book early to avoid disappointment
  • Call 01623 823 202 to book
  • Because of the nature of this event it is unsuitable for wheelchairs, children in pushchairs or under 8s
  • £5 per person

A Trio of Plays for Halloween

Friday 31 October 7pm at Southwell Library

Join us if you dare as the Southwell Theatre Group and community players put on a trio of spooky, thought-provoking plays. £5 per person.

Halloween Trail

25 October - 2 November 10.30am - 4.30pm at Rufford Abbey

Buy a trail leaflet (on sale from Rufford Tourist Information Centre), and use the clues to search for spooky creatures hidden in the park. Solve the clues to finish the trail and a sweet treat awaits you!
Cost: £1

Eerie Evenings

Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November at White Post Farm

A family friendly Eerie Evening with owls, tractor and trailer ride, curtain maze, haunted barn, Poi dancers, bar, disco and street performers.

The event on 31 October is suitable for all ages. The event on 1 November is the Extreme Eerie Evening and is recommended for over 12s only. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Call 01623 882977 to book.

Park of Horrors

Saturday 18 October - Sunday 2 November at Wheelgate Park

Robin Hood's Wheelgate Park offers a wicked supernatural blend at Halloween... with unique family spine-tingling attractions, the staff have grown ten thousand free pumpkins for you to carve with magnificent prizes, wicked workshops, creepy competitions, trick and treat and for a little scare check out our new scare zones... All your fear is here...!

NEW join Grizelda the friendly witch for some witch cackling fun activities including broom flying master classes and little monster scare training.

Experience live horror with creepy characters and eerie entertainment! Beware of the scary ghosts and ghouls. Encounter Creepy Critters with scuttling beetles, stinging scorpions, hairy tarantulas and twisted creatures. Dare you brave the dark and deadly corners, as the wicked park comes alive?

Half Term Workshop

Thursday 30 October 10am-4pm

Commercial Street Dance workshop.
£19 or £15 for Palace Pals.

Special Offer

3 shows for £10 for Palace Pals!

See Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (29 Oct), The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales (17 Feb) and Red Riding Hood (11 April) all for just £10 (£7 each when booked individually).

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