Big Draw at Sconce and Devon Park on Tuesday 24 October 2017 1pm to 3pm

Halloween at Sconce and Devon Park

Saturday 28 October – free family activities

3pm to 5pm Make a Halloween willow lantern in the Tom Mann Pavilion. Please book a place by calling Ranger George on 07971 486301.

From 5.30pm Halloween stories and lantern walk from Rumbles Café.

Expect Halloween tales of scary deeds on the ghostliest weekend of the year. Keep your eyes open for ghouls, witches and hags as you hear tales of the creatures that live in the shadows.

Join us for a lantern walk and storytelling performances as Lord George and Lady Esmerelda reveal the dark secrets of All Hallows Eve.

Halloween refreshments by the Rumbles team!

Witch flying over the moon

Sconce and Devon Park

Park facilities

  • Large area of public open grass and woodlands, including Devon Pastures Local Nature Reserve
  • Queen’s Sconce, a large Civil War earthwork and new bridge
  • Children’s play area
  • Civil War Trail.
  • Rumbles Cafe
  • Football centre with 2 adult and 4 mini-soccer pitches and a football changing pavilion
  • Network of pathways suitable for wheelchairs
  • Parking and public toilets
  • Park ranger service
  • A fitness trail around a 600-metre circuit
  • Wildlife Pond, a wildlife friendly visitor attraction

parkrun every Saturday at 9am

parkrun is a free event open to all ages and abilities. You can run the 5k course or simply walk it.

For more information and to register go to

Conservation volunteering

Interested in learning new skills, making friends and helping maintain the park? Please contact park ranger George Hemstock.

Volunteering sessions are held each week.

Queen’s Sconce - A 17th century Civil War earthwork fortification

The Scheduled Ancient Monument is one of the country's finest remaining earthworks from the English Civil War (1642-51). It is distinctively star-shaped when viewed from the air and is one of nine siege works remaining in a recognisable state in and around Newark. It’s considered an internationally important heritage feature, and is surrounded by open space and playing fields.

Civil War Trail

Two of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail are 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.

Civil War Sculptures

Wooden Civil War sculptures including soldiers and a horse, stand in a part of the park set out as  a natural play area in 2009. The original facilities were made using trunks from trees that had been felled in the park. The district council and Friends of Sconce and Devon Park decided to submit a bid to Tesco's ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. The grant has been used to clear away the remains of the old area and to pay for the design, construction and installation of the figures.‌

Rumbles Cafe 

The cafe is run by Rumbles Catering Project, which provides education and training for people with learning difficulties.

Green Flag

Sconce and Devon Park has been successful in gaining a Green Flag award in recognition of its range of facilities, maintenance standards and opportunities for community involvement.

Friends of Sconce and Devon Park

The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park is a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the park. The Friends meet every other month and new members are always welcome.

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Sconce and Devon Park events 2017

  • Parkrun 9am every Saturday‌
  • Big Draw with local artist Kerry O'Brien. This year the theme is 'Living Lines' and we will be looking at the local landmarks for inspiration. Free family activity Tuesday 24 Oct 1pm to 3pm outside Rumbles Cafe.
  • Halloween family activties from 3pm - Saturday 28 Oct. Lantern making and Halloween story walk from 5.30pm.



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