Attractions and events

Newark Castle

In Newark, permanent attractions include Newark Castle - the town's main defence during the sieges of the Civil War. The main curtain wall of the castle remains intact today.

Newark Palace Theatre

How about taking in a show at night at the Palace Theatre Newark - the district's premier entertainment venue. From music, drama and comedy, to pantomime, film and West End musicals, there's something for everyone.

Newark Town Hall

Newark Town Hall has housed the Mayor and Newark Town Council since it was built in 1776. In September 1999, the Town Hall became a registered museum, opening up access to the Grade 1 listed building and its displays. Free entry to the Museum.

Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood

You could go on the trail of Robin Hood, taking one of our suggested tours of the district, visiting some of the famous outlaw's old haunts. Take a trip round Sherwood Forest, visit the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre and meet the animals at White Post Farm Centre.


The pretty market town of Southwell is well worth a visit with its bustling market and quaint, independent shops and restaurants. Check out the historic Norman-era Minster, with its 'pepper pot' spires and Green Man 'gargoyles', as well as the Victorian Workhouse where you can discover how society dealt with poverty through the centuries right up to the modern day. Explore the segregated work yards, day rooms, dormitories, master's quarters and cellars, then see the recreated working 19th-century garden and find out what food the paupers would have eaten (Open March to October).

Parks and Rivers

We have many award winning parks and open spaces within the district, many of which host regular family events. Find out more about Sconce and Devon Park, Vicar Water Country park and our many play areas on our Parks, gardens and play section. Many of our parks and open spaces include interesting Public Art.

The Canal and River Trust have produced free family activity and exploring guides which provide information on our waterside destinations including Newark and Gunthorpe.

Markets and Shopping

Newark and Southwell are both vibrant market towns and well worth a visit on their regular market days - Markets and shopping.

These are just a few of our suggestions.

Music and Festivals

We have some breath-taking music venues throughout the district including Southwell Minster, Newark Castle and Thoresby Courtyard and our regular music festivals include Newark Jazz Festival, Newark Blues Festival and Southwell Folk Festival. The Palace Theatre also regularly plays host to both national and local performers.

Tourist Information Centres

For friendly specialist information on all local attractions, you may wish to visit one of our tourist information centres which are located in Newark, Ollerton (Rufford Country Park) and Southwell. 

Events and What's on

There are so many things going on in Newark and Sherwood, whether you are interested in sport, history, music, family events, traditional village celebrations or participating in the Southwell Folk Festival!

Events Calendar
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Forthcoming Events

Regular events also take place at:

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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    Friday 8:45am - 4:45pm

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  • Get in touch:

    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX