Newark Book Festival logoNewark Book Festival

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019

Celebrating and showcasing the world of books through an exciting and engaging programme. From author talks, to readings, stories, theatre, film and crafts. Crime fiction, contemporary writing, debuts, Science Fiction and fantasy, Cream Tea's, Classic crime and literary fiction, to a whole host of free family fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Taking place in beautiful venues across the town, this year 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.

This year’s guests include Joanne Harris, Alison Weir, Michelle Harrison, Mark Billingham, Martin Edwards, Diana Evans, Elly Griffiths and many more.

Tickets will be on sale from the Palace Theatre Box Office from Wednesday 15 May.


Palace Theatre, Newark as our Festival Box Office.

Newark Traditions Festival and Artisan Market

Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July

Enjoy the music and dancing of over 20 different Morris Dance groups at venues around the town centre including the market place and castle grounds. On Saturday weavers, spinners and dyers display heritage crafts in the castle grounds.

Join the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub team for children’s crafts by the bandstand on Saturday and on Sunday enjoy an afternoon of music with a brass band concert and free children’s circus skills beginning at 2pm in the castle grounds.

Let's get Active!

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

Aliens Love Underpants book coverAliens Love Underpants

At Newark Palace Theatre

Monday 29 July and Tuesday 30 July

11am and 2pm

Aliens love underpants, of every shape and size, but there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise! This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children's book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time.

With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. You'll laugh your pants off! Running time is Approx. 55 mins. Suitable for age 3+

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

Church of promise, Winthorpe Road, Newark, NG24 2AA on 30 and 31 July , 1 Aug

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 31 July
Wednesday 7, 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

European Juggling Festival 3 to 11 August at Newark ShowgroundYou are invited to the world’s biggest juggling event!

EJC Newark! 3 to 11 August 2019

The team at the European Juggling Convention (EJC) 2019 are proud to be bringing the world's largest juggling event to the UK in August 2019. The EJC will be in its 42nd year and it hasn't been to the UK for many years but this year is coming to Newark Showground.

It’s a fun and chilled out week of juggling, circus skills, aerial workshops, western skills workshops, extreme unicycling, balloon modelling, world-class performances and shows... the list goes on.

All of the activities and camping is included in the ticket price. Visit the EJC website to find out prices and more information. All areas are accessible.

Save the date for the BIG DAY OUT on Sunday 4 August as we welcome the jugglers into Newark town centre for the opening parade and fire show.

Along with Newark Town Council we are sponsoring and helping to plan an extraordinary day of activities for the town.

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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