Big Draw Festival

Enjoy free arts events around the district celebrating how drawing can change lives.

Big Fake Festival at Thoresby

2 days, 24 bands with free campsite at Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire at NG22 9EW.

Bramley Apple Festival

Celebrating the district's famous cooking apple. A festival suitable for the serious foodie as well as the casual passer-by. Every year, people gather in the picturesque town of Southwell where the Bramley apple was first propagated more than 200 years ago.

East Midlands Chilli Festival

A weekend festival for families at Orchard Farm in Rolleston. Enjoy live music, artisan beers and street food, children's entertainment, stalls, crafts and the inevitable chilli eating competition.


A music festival held in Farnsfield celebrating the best of local talent. There is also a wealth of activities to keep you entertained and an array of local food and drink to keep you energised.

Festival of Food and Drink at Clumber Park

Held at Clumber Park in September, this food and drink festival features cooking demonstrations, food marquee and craft marquee. There are always plenty of samples so you can have taste of what's on offer and there will be plenty of food stalls ready to serve you up a well-deserved lunch.

Fiver Fest

£5 offers throughout Newark. More than 70 shops involved plus the buskers festival will be in full swing.

Forest Live

Outdoor concerts in the heart of Sherwood Forest. 

Gate to Southwell Music Festival

Southwell hosts 'Britain's biggest little festival' each June. English and Celtic music are at the core of the festival but they have expanded to embrace other roots music forms. Country, gypsy jazz, ska, rockabilly, bluegrass, punk, traditional and contemporary music are all represented in this ever popular festival.


A family friendly festival created for children. It's aimed at families with children of all ages. Featuring music artists and some of the best loved children's TV characters and entertainers. 

Inspire Poetry Festival

Poetry and spoken word at Beeston, West Bridgford, Southwell, Mansfield and Worksop libraries.

Lady Bay Arts Festival

An amazing range of art and design by top East Midlands artists with activities for children and young people. Plenty of workshops are run throughout the festival so you can try your hand at a range or disciplines.

Lowdham Book Festival

A week long festival featuring talks and presentations from authors, poets and writers. There are events to suit all literary tastes and plenty for the kids to enjoy as well.

Major Oak Woodland Festival

Celebrating nature and heritage arts and crafts in Sherwood Forest.

Newark Air Museum 1940's weekend

A weekend of nostalgia and commemorations at our local air museum.

Newark Book Festival

The dates for 2019 are 12 to 14 July 2019 and the festival will be exploring the theme of Home and Away. From travelling around the world and through your imagination to a celebration of all things home and Nottinghamshire.

Newark CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival

Live music and artisan beers and cider at the Riverside Park, Newark

Newark Festival

Held annually in June, this festival is a musical extravaganza for the people of Newark. Along with the big musical names, there are street entertainers, food and drink festival, fun fair and Newark Carnival.

Newark Food and Drink Festival

Fun in the market square Newark with live music, entertainment and specialist food and drink stalls and cooking demonstrations.

Newark Traditions Festival

Morris Troupes from around the Country will perform along with several folk plays and folk music. A small market will also be held along with various street entertainments. 

Patchings Art Festival

A very special opportunity to see, meet and buy from more than 250 artists, craft makers and photographers, all selected to showcase some of the very best in their field.

Pedalfest at Sherwood Pines

Join the Sherwood Pines team for a family fun packed weekend in the forest! There are activities for all the family including live music, electric bike demo rides and bike stunt shows. Free entry.

Retro Festival

For wings, wheels, speed, steam, music, dance and bands at Newark Showground.

Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival happens every August in Sherwood Forest. 

Costumed characters roam the forest while music, jousting, theatre and much more bring the forest to life. There's also a funfair, food stands and lots of Robin Hood-themed activities which bring the legend to life.

Rufford Food and Drink Festival

Rufford Abbey is proud to be hosting a brand new event, The Great Food and Drink Festival. They have some fabulous chefs and new entertainment areas added this year with entertainment for all of the family.


An annual parade and festival held in Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

Southwell Music Festival

Southwell Music Festival is an annual, top-quality classical music festival taking place each August Bank Holiday to celebrate classical music, based around the town's magnificent mediaeval Minster.

The festival was founded by former Southwell Minster Chorister Marcus Farnsworth, an award winning baritone, who hails from the area.


Splendour has a proud history of bringing international artists to Nottingham's Wollaton Hall.

Stone Deaf Festival

Monster of rock festival at Newark Showground

Vegan Camp-out

A weekend of inspiring talks, food, live music, workshops and kids activities at Newark Showground.

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