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You are invited to join in free drawing workshops with artist Shaun Clark for all ages and families.
Make a portrait, draw a tree or even sketch the sky as you get inspired by your surroundings. You will be able to have a go at drawing using charcoals, pencils and pens - just let your imagination go wild.
Every picture tells a story and this year we are going to make a big picture from your drawings.
All ages and abilities welcome.
Venues and Times
Guided tours of the Castle are conducted by the Castle Ranger every week.
For reviews of the tours or to leave your own feedback visit the Castle's Trip Advisor page.
Please note, the Dungeon Tour involves climbing up and down a steep ladder. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
We are gearing up to the 800th anniversary of King John's death. The controverstial monarch signed Magna Carta in 1215, he was on his way to London when, after taking ill, he decided to stay at Newark Castle. He died there on 18 October 1216.
Find out more on our dedicated King John information pages
In recognition of the high standards of the gardens and local community involvement the castle gardens have for many years gained the prestigious Green Flag Award, marking it out as one of the best.
One of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail is located in the park. The trail, which is accessed via an app, uses augmented reality technology, where pointing a smart device to a still picture triggers a video scene from the 17th century. The trail films – which can be witnessed at eight locations around Newark, including the National Civil War Centre - recall episodes from Newark's pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars. To download the app go to the App Store or Android Google play.
The Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens is a group of volunteers which assists the council with the management and maintenance of the castle gardens. The group represents different users of the castle and grounds and advises the council on how to meet their diverse needs. The friends meet monthly and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact the council.
For further information or to join the Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens, please contact Allan Towler by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Newark Castle and Gardens
Closing times - dusk