Newark Book Festival 2017
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July
Various venues around Newark including Newark Town Hall and market place, Newark Castle, local cafes, Millgate Community Centre and the National Civil War Centre.
The festival includes street theatre, storytelling, local poets, book stalls, boat trips, family events, children's workshops, as well as an exciting and varied author and illustrator programme.
Newark Library will be joining in by launching its summer reading challenge.
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To make the most of your stay, why not visit the Visitor Information Centre Newark located on Appletongate next to the Palace Theatre for detailed information of things to do in and around the Town.
Many reminders of the town's involvement in the Civil War can still be seen in the town, including its imposing 12th century castle.
You’ll discover a lovely cobbled market square on which busy markets are held. Many beautiful buildings can be found around the square and in the interesting streets nearby; some with royal, others with literary connections.
Visit its beautiful parish church, St Mary Magdalene. Its magnificent spire it ranks as one of the best in the country. Inside the Church you will find the Fleming Brass dating from 1363 one of the largest brasses in England it measures 2.8 by 1.7 metres.
Newark Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery can be found in Newark's Georgian Town Hall, you can visit the Mayor's Parlour and the elegant Ballroom. The Museum collections consist of civic plate, regalia and fine art and Newark Siege Pieces. Paintings include works by William Nicholson, Stanley Spencer and notable local artists.
Just outside Newark, on a former war-time bomber base near the village of Winthorpe, is the Newark Air Museum. This volunteer-managed museum is a must for the aviation enthusiasts, discover seventy six aircraft and cockpits with four covered display areas.
You can take a trip to Newark's own Palace Theatre with its varied programme of live entertainment and cinema.
The town is world renowned for its international antique fairs which are held every other month at Newark Showground.
You can follow the Antiques & Collectables (PDF File, 8,368kb)of Newark.
By way of contrast, try taking the enjoyable Riverside Walk from the Castle to Millgate Museum (now closed) and why not have a relaxing river trip on the Trent. Newark Line operates river trips during the summer and on Bank Holidays during the spring/summer.
Further along the river is The Wharf, surrounded by Grade II listed buildings it's a pleasant area to view the wildlife on the river or watch the boats go by. Moored at The Wharf is the Castle Barge, a Spillers grain barge now converted to a pub and restaurant.
The award-winning Riverside Park has seen a major redevelopment of derelict land into an arena and children's play area. It is the venue for numerous festivals and events, such as Newark Festival and Newark Beer Festival.
National Civil War Centre and trail
Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for the plague to ravage the town.
Download the Augmented Reality Town Trail App to take you on a journey to explore the sites around Newark such as Newark Castle and the Queen's Sconce.
Contact Newark Tourist Information Centre for further information 01636 655765
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Nottinghamshire is hosting Stage Four of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017.
This is the UK’s premier road cycling race that takes place in September.
Wednesday 6 September will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark.
The tour of our district includes Blidworth, Farnsfield, Edingley, Halam, Southwell, Kirklington, Bilsthorpe, Edwinstowe, Budby, North and South Clifton, Girton, Collingham, Coddington and Newark.