Step 4 of the Roadmap

Everyone should be cautious while the risks of COVID-19 remain high

Keeping parks and public spaces safe while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains

  • Sconce and Devon Park is open
  • Rumbles Café is open for take-away and outside refreshments
  • The visitor centre toilets are open and being cleaned three times a day to help ensure safety
  • The playground is open but please see safety advice on this page
  • 5k and Junior parkrun is now back
  • A number of small park events are taking place

In line with Government guidance

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please postpone your visit to the park and stay at home
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Limiting close contact with people you do not live with will help reduce your risk of catching COVID-19
  • Use the NHS Covid-19 App
  • Use the park and open space responsibly for your daily exercise and wellbeing
  • Please do not drop litter but use the bins provided to reduce the spread of germs. If the bins are full, take your litter home with you and dispose of it responsibly.

Using playgrounds during Covid-19 

  • If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time.
  • Do not use playgrounds if you have Covid-19 symptoms, stay at home
  • The virus can be transmitted when you touch surfaces. If children use a playground they should be extra careful about hand hygiene and everyone should use an alcohol based hand sanitiser immediately before and after using the play equipment
  • If you decide to wear face coverings dispose of them properly
  • Remind children not to touch their face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • We recommend no eating and drinking in the play area for safety
  • The play equipment is inspected regularly but it is not sanitised
  • Consider bringing your own hygiene products to clean touch points such as swing chains and equipment handles
  • Do not drop litter, use the bins provided for all waste
  • We need all parents and children to behave responsibly in our playgrounds to prevent the spread of the virus

Park facilities

  • Large area of public open grass and woodlands, including Devon Pastures Local Nature Reserve
  • Queen’s Sconce, a large Civil War earthwork and new bridge
  • Children’s play area
  • Civil War Trail
  • Rumbles Cafe
  • Football centre with 2 adult and 4 mini-soccer pitches and a football changing pavilion
  • Network of pathways suitable for prams and wheelchairs
  • Parking and public toilets
  • Park ranger service
  • A fitness trail circuit
  • Wildlife pond, a wildlife friendly visitor attraction

Fitness trail challenge

Why not try out the parks fitness trail which includes an abs bench, balance beams, leap frog and parallel bars.

The stations are placed in a circular course around the park. Have fun!

parkrun every Saturday at 9am

parkrun is a free event open to all ages and abilities. You can run the 5k course or simply walk it.

For more information and to register go to

Junior parkrun every Sunday at 9am

A fun 2k timed run for juniors. Find out more and get involved

Cycling UK Newark Group

Enjoy a friendly and informal road bike ride from Sconce and Devon Park.

Riding mostly on country roads at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for drinks and snacks.

Meet at the park visitor centre at 10am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Barnbygate Strollers Walking Group

Social and short walks from Sconce and Devon Park on Tuesdays (every two week) and Wednesdays meeting at 10am at the park visitor centre.

Contact Barrington Randle 

Queen’s Sconce - A 17th century Civil War earthwork fortification

The Scheduled Ancient Monument is one of the country's finest remaining earthworks from the English Civil War (1642-51). It is distinctively star-shaped when viewed from the air and is one of nine siege works remaining in a recognisable state in and around Newark. It’s considered an internationally important heritage feature, and is surrounded by open space and playing fields.

Civil War Trail

Two of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail are located in the park. The trail, which is accessed via an app, uses augmented reality technology, where pointing a smart device to a still picture triggers a video scene from the 17th century. The trail films – which can be witnessed at eight locations around Newark, including the National Civil War Centre -  recall episodes from Newark's pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars. To download  the app go to the App Store or Android Google play.

Rumbles Cafe

Simon and the team welcome you to Rumbles cafe, Newark.

Currently an outside and take-away service is being offered Wednesday to Sunday each week 9am to 4pm.

The summer menu includes

  • breakfasts including slimmer's breakfast and veggie breakfast and sausage or bacon cobs from £2.50
  • Lite bites and sandwiches including fresh home-made soup of the day, jackets with fillings, sandwiches and cakes from £2.50
  • Meals to go including steak and ale pie, chicken curry, griddled veg with tomato and garlic, poached cod and omelettes all £6.50
  • Sunday lunch in a box
  • Hot drinks and ice creams

5 star hygiene rating and Healthy Options Takeaway (HOT) including vegetarian options.

The cafe is a run by Rumbles Catering Project, which is a charity providing education and training for people with learning difficulties.

Hot chocolate to go with cream and marshmellows

Summer update

We have welcomed Ranger Simon Hill to the park!

A new sensory trail is coming to the park soon in Hawton Holt. The Holt is being developed as a school education area and outside classroom.

New butterfly ID signage has been installed to help park visitors identify and log the butterflies they see in the park through the summer months. Volunteers are also moth trapping to monitor all the moth species that we have locally.

A new season of events for 'friends of the parks' has been arranged and as we slowly start to unlock from the Covid-19 restrictions other park events are starting to appear once more for the school holidays.

Parkrun and junior parkrun are back!

Look out for the #SconceFox graffiti mural on the visitor centre near to the play area! It's incredible. Follow the park's Facebook page to watch local artist James Mayle create the design.

The wildflower beds are looking fantastic! Our park bees and butterflies will be happy.

Forest school

Available in our parks in Newark, Ollerton and Clipstone for summer 2021.

Book places for our fun outdoor learning programme with our park rangers.

Sconce and Devon Park events 2021

  • Parkrun 9am every Saturday‌ 
  • Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday

Summer events 2021

  • Wednesday 4 Aug - Sport on the Park with Newark and Sherwood Community Hub. Tom Mann from 1pm. Booking required
  • Tuesday 10 Aug – Bat Walk with Katie from Sherwood Forest Trust. Free event from 8.15pm meeting at Rumbles
  • Saturday 14 Aug – Park Friends Nature Trail and kids crafts. Free drop in event 11am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 18 Aug - Sport on the Park with Newark and Sherwood Community Hub. Tom Mann from 1pm. Booking required
  • Monday 30 Aug – Craft in the Park with Wendy. Free children’s craft 1pm to 3pm
  • Saturday 4 September – Litter Green Festival 12pm to 4pm

Voluntary parking charge

The park has a voluntary pay and display scheme. If you drive to the park you can, if you wish, make a parking donation of £1 for a day, or buy a season ticket for £20.

No-one is under any obligation to make a donation but any donations will be reinvested in the park. Everyone is still welcome to use the park, regardless of whether they make a donation or not and you won't be charged or fined if you don't buy a ticket.

Green Flag

Sconce and Devon Park has been successful in gaining a Green Flag award in recognition of its range of facilities, maintenance standards and opportunities for community involvement.

Friends of Sconce and Devon Park

The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park is a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the park. The Friends meet every other month and new members are always welcome.

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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.

Help us to protect the park

Help us prevent fire, litter and wildlife damage.

BBQ's, campfires and fireworks are not permitted in the park.

BBQ's, campfires and fireworks are NOT permitted in the park

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