Parks and Open Spaces
Covid-19 Update - July 2020
We would like to reassure our park visitors that your health and safety is of utmost importance. Please see specific updates below:
- Sconce and Devon Park is open, however Rumbles cafes is closed until further notice
- The senior and junior parkrun events at Sconce and Devon Park have been cancelled
- Our volunteer working groups have been cancelled
- Spring Forest Schools have been cancelled
We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available via our website and social media platforms.
In line with Government guidance if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to a park and stay at home for 14 days. Please also ensure good hand hygiene. Please adhere to all government guidance in relation to social distancing, social bubbles and meeting other groups outside of your home.
Newark Castle Grounds - Opening Hours
Opening from Monday 6 July 2020
Open 7 days a week, 9am – 7.30pm (summer opening hours)
Newark Castle - Closed
The undercroft, towers and other internal rooms within the Castle will remain closed at the present time.
COVID-secure Heritage Site
Newark Castle is a scheduled ancient monument and the grounds are grade II listed. In order to open the grounds safely, we have had to make some adjustments and have procedures in place for visitors to follow.
- The Castle will remain closed, but the beautiful grounds are open, as normal, to enjoy safely.
- Please be respectful of other people and maintain social distancing at all times.
- Follow government guidelines for meeting other people.
- No mass gatherings.
- Keep the gardens tidy.
- We ask that you do not enter the Castle grounds if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or high temperature (find symptoms at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/). Instead, please follow NHS self-isolation guidance and reschedule your visit to a later date.
- The toilets in the Gilstrap Centre are cleaned regularly. Please observe social distancing when entering and exiting. Please wash your hands.
Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. Newark Castle was too important to be left standing in full and as it stands now, partially destroyed, it acts as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history.
General visitor information
- Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
- Surfaced pathways throughout the Castle grounds which are suitable for wheelchairs
- Parking available nearby
- Newark Castle and Gardens is a Green Flag winning park
Newark Civil War Trail
The Castle is part of Newark's Civil War trail. Watch the story of the Civil War unfold through dramatic high quality film clips on your smartphone or tablet.
Stoke Field Battlefield
Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field but it is the location of the battle of the infamous Wars of the Roses. Now the scene of a bloody conflict, which rewrote the history books, is being brought back to life in a joint project between Nottinghamshire County Council and the Battlefields Trust.
A new history trail, featuring five oak panels which describe the background to the battle, the bloody events of the day and the aftermath, will bring the fascinating untold story of this bloody battle to a new audience.
Visitors will be able to travel back in time by downloading videos, starring re-enactors in full historical costume, who tell the harrowing, first-hand accounts of the people who were actually there and experienced the battle.
Sky lantern and balloon release ban
Sky lanterns and helium balloon releases are now banned in our council parks.
The decision has been made due to concerns about the environmental impact of the balloons and risk to the public and animals.