Summer is here at last! 

We have asked the brilliant Newark and Sherwood Community Hub to deliver an exciting programme of free family activities for us over the summer.

It’s time to get your diaries out and start pencilling in the fun!

  • Saturday 17 Aug Lego Club 10.30am to 12pm at Millgate Community Centre
  • Tuesday 20 and 27 Aug Family Art Club at Millgate Community Centre 1pm to 3pm
  • Friday 23 Aug Play in the Park, Newbury Road, Beacon Hill, Newark 1pm to 3pm

Call Jill on 01636 647 121 if you need any further details, under 8s must be with an adult at all times.

Let's get Active!

Our leisure centres are running lots of activities over the school holidays.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

The Reading Agency and Libraries present 'Space Chase' Summer Reading Challenge 2019!

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is an out-of-this-world-adventure. 

Help the super space family, the Rockets, track down books that have been nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. 

Children, aged 4 - 11,  are challenged to read six library books, of their choice, over the summer holidays.  They'll collect special stickers (some have mysterious smells!) and other rewards along the way, as they complete their mission. 

For more information, visit Inspire. 

Rufford Country Park

Superhero Trail
Saturday July 20 to Sunday September 1
Rufford Abbey Country Park

Enjoy a Topsy Turvy Summer at the National Civil War Centre!

  • Crafts every day
  • Family performances
  • Fake News exhibition
  • Interactive museum
  • Dressing up

All included with family admission

Newark and Sherwood Community Logo of paint splatsPlayschemes with Newark and Sherwood Community Hub

Playschemes these are FREE and open to all children aged 5 to 11 years (subject to suitable staff availability).

10am to 3pm daily

Booking required please

Coddington School, Brownlow Hill, Coddington NG24 2QA on 13, 14, 15 and 16 Aug

Sutton on Trent Sports Centre, Grassthorpe Road, Sutton on Trent NG23 6QD 19, 20 and 21 August

Balderton Scout Hall, Queens Street, Balderton, NG24 3NS 27, 28 and 29 August

Please contact Jill on 01636 647 121 or email

The Community Hub provides toast and fruit and a lunch but children are welcome to bring a packed lunch if they prefer. When booking please make staff aware of any allergies on the form and any medical/special needs.

Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre

Throughout the year there are a variety of special events to make your visit even more memorable, including themed weekends and family activities.

Children’s Crafts
Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 August
Wednesday 23 and 30 October

Free have-a-go circus skills 11am to 2pm
Wednesday 14 August
Saturday 24 August
Wednesday 23 October

Robin Hood Festival 
Monday 5 August to Sunday 11 August

August bank holiday activities
Saturday 24 August to Monday 26 August

Southwell Workhouse

A visit to Southwell Workhouse is always fascinating and this summer new parts of the building are being opened up for the first time. 

Festivals 2019

It is Festival season! Whether it is music, food, drink, literature, outdoor activities, history or arts and crafts that you love, Newark and Sherwood is the place to be this summer!

Newark and Sherwood Forest School

Join our friendly park rangers for forest school at Sconce and Devon Park and Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone.

Get out and about in the fresh air!

If you are in need of a breath of fresh air and an energising walk in the countryside during the school holidays take a stroll around one of our local country parks.

Other country parks and gardens to visit locally include:

Sherwood Forest

Visit the brand new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and find out about the legend of Robin Hood and the ecology and wildlife of Sherwood Forest. Call in the nearby Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre to browse the studio's and watch crafters and painters in action. The arts and craft centre offers children's activities each Wednesday during school holidays.

Newark junior parkrun

Newark junior parkrun is for juniors (4-14 year olds). How about trying one of the weekly junior 2k parkrun events?

It is held every Sunday at 9am at Sconce and Devon Park and it is FREE to join in and take part.

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! It's very friendly!

Every week parkrunners grab a post parkrun drink in Rumbles Café - please come and join us.

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