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Christmas star thumbnailFor information on Christmas events from around the district -  including Santa trails in our parks, craft fairs, Christmas tree festivals, shopping events, carol services and the switching on of Christmas lights.

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Forthcoming Events

Featured events

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

The Great Gatsby - Newark Palace Theatre

The Great Gatsby posterFriday 27 and Saturday 28 November, 7.30pm

Immersing you in the decadence of America’s ‘Jazz Age’, The Great Gatsby is brought to life in this sizzling new stage adaptation from nationally acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre.

Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’ as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Adapted by Stephen Sharkey, this exciting new production features fabulous live music alongside the timeless language of Fitzgerald’s ‘Great American Novel’ to create a truly fresh and inspiring theatrical experience.

£16, £15 concessions,
£13.50 Friends of the Palace,
£10 schools

The Pitmen Painters

Pitment PaintersBy Lee Hall the author of Billy Elliott!

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint – prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine…

25 to 29 November at The Robin Hood Theatre

Sconce and Devon Christmas Fair

Blue Christmas Tree graphicA Christmas fair will be held at Sconce and Devon Park on 28 November from 11am.

Watch live fire performers throughout the day and see Santa on stilts, live music and choir with carol singing.

There will also be a selection of food and craft stalls providing an ideal opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts as well as a chance to make your own willow Christmas Wreath.


Cinderella posterThe Palace Theatre is delighted to announce that our 2015 Christmas production is Cinderella.

Starring Lynne McGranger Home and Away's Irene, as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.‌

Cinderella dreams of escaping the life she has fallen into. With the arrival of invitations of Prince Charming's Grand Ball, it seems she may get her wish. However the Ugliest Sisters in Pantoland are determined to keep her as their servant, but with the help of Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and a generous helping of panto magic, perhaps her dreams will come true after all?

The spectacular scenery, breathtaking costumes, fabulous songs and hilarious knock-about comedy make this one of the best traditional family pantomimes around.

Sparkling Sherwood

Trees lit up with blue and green lights11-13 December, 6pm-7pm

See Sherwood's ancient oak trees in a whole new light! A truly magical start to winter and a memorable experience to treasure.

The walk route is approximately one mile. Timed entry tickets 6pm, 6.15pm, 6.30pm, 6.45 pm and 7pm.

Please note the 1 mile circular walk is to be enjoyed at your own pace but takes on average 30 minutes.

£3 Booking required: 01623 823 202

Christmas at the Craft Centre

‌‌Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre, 5 - 6 December,
10am until 4pm

Christmas treeBring your family to see Father Christmas and join in with crafts and carol singing.

The centre will take on a magical appearance as decorations go up, a brass band will create a festive atmosphere where you can relax and shop. Enjoy mulled wine, fruit punch and mince pies and bring the children along too and listen to Christmas story telling.

M‌ake a Willow Lantern
The Burgage, Sat 5 December, 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3.30pm

£5 for materials. Booking essential on 01636 819038 or

Under 12 years need adult supervision please.

Make a Mini Lantern
Southwell Library, Saturday 12 December, 10.30am to 12pm

Lantern making in Southwell Library. £2 for materials and booking essential please by calling 01636 812148

Lantern Walk and Fire Show - Star of Wonder!
Southwell Minster, Saturday 12 December 4.30pm

4.30pm: Fire Show in the grounds of the Southwell Minster
5pm: Lantern parade through the park to the Minster School for music and refreshments

Autumn Craft Sessions and Courses

The Dukeries Community Workshop, Ollerton

Telephone us on 01623 860545 ext 152


Build a Bird Box

Get ready to help nature next Spring and build a bird box for your garden.

Thurs afternoons Nov 19 and  26 and 3 Dec 1pm to 3pm

Cost £20 (that’s £5 per afternoon plus £5 materials per bird box)

Festive Decorations

Make some unique Festive decorations with flowers and other materials

This course is on Wednesday 2nd Dec and Wednesday 9th Dec from 10am

Cost £5 per day and £20 materials 

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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    Friday 8.30am - 4.45pm

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    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
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