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Forthcoming Events

Featured events

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

Film Friday events in Lowdham

Friday 27th May

Suffragette (12A - 1 hour, 46 mins)

Don't miss this amazing film starring Carey Mulligan, Helen Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep as the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Tickets: £5 full, £4 children/concessions

Film Fridays are a real treat! Watch the latest films and sample the lovely refreshments on sale including ice-cream, popcorn, wine, hot and cold drinks, and home-made cakes.

Wednesday 22 June

As part of the Lowdham Book Festival the Lady in the Van is being shown in the Village Hall.

LETS GO FLY - Play in the Park

Tues 31 May 1pm to 3pm at Sconce and Devon Park

  • Sky Symphony Display Team (The kite flying Red Arrows!)
  • Stomp rockets
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Birds of prey
  • Archery

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult, dogs must be on a lead near birds of prey.

Thankful Villages at Maplebeck

Friday 3 June at 7.30pm

A unique evening of original live music and film, featuring Maplebeck and other Thankful Villages.

Thankful Village is a village in Britain where every soldier returned alive from World War I. 

There are 54 thankful villages and Darren Hayman has visited each focussing on village life. Darren has made a piece of music and a short film for every one.

Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs.

Darren is coming to Mapleback - one of the Thankful Villages - to perform a very special one-off gig at Maplebeck Village Hall

Contact: 01636 636421 / 636185

Tickets also available at: 

£10 and Free for Under 18s!

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.

Living History at Sconce and Devon

  • Living History Camp - Saturday 11 June, 1pm to 4.30pm
  • Mini Skirmish - Sunday 12 June, 10am to 4pm

Experience at first hand the horrors of a nation at war with itself, as well as providing a glimpse of everyday life in those days.

The Sealed Knot will be recreating a mini skirmish, firing cannons, muskets and pike drills. See and hear how people lived in the camp with stories from the soldiers and wives.

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!

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 1 June
  • 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.

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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    Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5.15pm
    Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

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