Attractions and events

There is something for everyone in Newark and Sherwood:

History and Heritage

Spas and Relaxation

Arts and Crafts

Family and Action Adventure

The Great Outdoors

Sports and Leisure

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, Southwell Music 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.

Are you organising a large event within the district? 

You need to tell us about the event as it may require consideration by the district's Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

  • 01636 650000

    Mon - Thurs 8:45am - 5:15pm
    Friday 8:45am - 4:45pm

    Comments and Suggestions

  • Get in touch:

    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX