Let's get Active!

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

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.

Poster for the Friends of Southwell Trail drawing competition for March and AprilCalling all young wildlife artists!

The Friends of Southwell Trail (FOST) have launched their painting and drawing competition for March and April.

The themes for this month’s competition are Hedgehogs and Rainbows on the Trail. You choose!

The FOST volunteers see many birds, animals, trees and flowers on the trail and enjoying watching them change throughout the seasons. They want you to be inspired by nature and let your imagination run wild!

The Southwell Trail stretches from Southwell to Bilsthorpe and is built on the old railway line. Visit the trail and help FOST spread the word about the wildlife that you see.

Everyone who enters will get a certificate and there is a prize for the winners of a fabulous art set.

The competition is sponsored by Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and local artist Sarah Flanagan.

Pick up all the details of the competition from local libraries in Southwell, Farnsfield and Bilsthorpe.

You can find out more about Friends of Southwell Trail on their Facebook page.

Magical Spring Trail at Rufford Abbey 
Saturday 30 March to Sunday 28 April 

Join Rufford Abbey for their magical spring trail, follow the map and seek out fun scenes of spring. Not forgetting your chocolate treat at the end! 

£2 per trail sheet 

To find out more and book a place 

Sherwood Forest Spring Events  

  • Redstart Ramble
    Saturday 27 April, 8am to 10:30am
    Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 
  • Woodlark Wander
    Sunday 28 April, 9:30am to 11:30am
    RSPB Budby South Forest 
  • Nightjar Walk
    Saturday 1 June, 8:45am to 11am
    Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 
  • Bat Walks
    Friday 24 May, 8:30am to 10am
    Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 
  • Medieval Coverlet Sewing Sessions
    Thursday 28 March, 12:30pm to 14:30pm
    Thursday 25 April, 12:30pm to 14:30pm
    Thursday 2 May, 10:30 am to 12:30pm
    Thursday 30 May,12:30pm to 14:30pm
    Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 

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:

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.

Events around the district

Search for events around the district!

Forthcoming Events

Summer Events 


Newark Book Festival 
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July
venues across Newark 

Traditions Fest and Artisan Market 
Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July
Newark Royal Market

Robin Hood Festival 
Monday 5 to Sunday 11 August
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 

Plant Hunters Fair 
Sunday 11 August 
The Archbishops Place 

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