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Forthcoming Events

Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events!

Summer in Southwell 2016

Summer in Southwell leaflet graphic showing the MinsterThere is a fun packed programme for both local residents and visitors this summer including Gate to Southwell, Southwell Fun Day, a Plant Hunter's Fair at Southwell Minster, events at the Workhouse, Southwell Poetry Festival in the library and Southwell Music Festival.

A Summer Shopping Celebration

Southwell Traders Present

A Summer Shopping Celebrationto commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday!

Join in this special occasion with businesses throughout the town


  • Competitions
  • Craft Market
  • Special Offers
  • Singing from Lowes Wong and Holy Trinity Schools
  • A Tea Dance in the library
  • Paintings for the Queen’s 90th birthday by Lowes Wong and Holy Trinity pupils on display in the library

We look forward to seeing you!

Newark Half Marathon

‌14 August 2016, Starting at 10am

Newark Half MarathonThe Newark Half Marathon is back as a new, faster and more scenic summer race. It is limited to 1,000 entrants with a fun run and entertainment for all the family.  

The 13.1 mile race starts at Sconce and Devon Park, passes the Ice Age Journey dig, skirts East Stoke, through Elston and then back to Sconce and Devon Park. 

£23 (UKAA affiliated) £25 (non-affiliated) plus registration fee

To sign up visit

Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre

Children's craft days

During school holidays the centre comes alive with special craft events and activities for children. There is a small charge for each activity. Join us for some Wednesday fun 11am to 3pm.

  • Wednesday 27 July
  • Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August
  • Wednesday 26 Oct

Lowdham Book Festival 2016

‌17 to 25 June

This is the 17th year of the festival and as usual there is a lovely mix of big names and local authors including Joanna Trollope, The Duchess of Rutland talking about the gardens of Belvoir Castle, Simon Armitage, Di Slaney from Bilsthorpe, Alastair Watson and many more.

Forest Live 2016

Some great acts are lined up to perform at Sherwood Pines in 2016

Jake Bugg will perform on Thursday 23 June, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott play on Friday 24 June and Guy Garvey is on Saturday 25 June.

Tickets cost £38.50 and can be bought from Rufford Abbey Tourist Information Centre by calling 01623 824545.

Ceramics in Southwell

Ceramic Teapot‌A ceramics fair with over 30 leading regional and national artists.

Sunday 28 August 10am to 4.30pm

Market Square, Southwell, NG25 0FS

The event will take place in the market square of the lovely minster town of Southwell and will include workshops and demonstrations in the nearby public library.

All year round attractions

There is something for everyone in Newark and Sherwood:

Local towns

Newark and Southwell are both vibrant attractive towns with regular regular market days and special events.

Tourist Information Centres

For friendly specialist information on all local attractions and up and coming events visit one of our tourist information centres which are located in Newark, Rufford and Southwell.

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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    Newark and Sherwood District Council
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