This historic Green Flag awarded park provides top-class facilities for visitors and locals alike.
The park now has a ranger, toilets, cafe and play area, new footpaths and signs guiding visitors around the park to explain its history and ecology and a new bridge for pedestrian access to the Queen's Sconce - a 17th century Civil War fortification.
We have celebrated and thanked volunteers, visitors and staff in helping a number of our district’s parks and open spaces to be awarded Green Flag status.
Sconce and Devon Park in Newark, Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone, Newark Castle and Gardens and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton are all managed by our parks team and have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being among the very best in the world.
Sherwood Avenue and Newark Cemetery, which are owned and managed by Newark Town Council, have also been awarded the same status.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy, which inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. The award celebrates that the parks are well managed, accessible to all, and are used and enjoyed by local people.
This would not be possible without the help and enthusiasm of local volunteers and friends groups – THANK YOU!
Sconce and Devon Park
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.
Football centre with 2 adult and 4 mini-soccer pitches and a football changing pavilion
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.
Sconce and Devon Park events 2018
Parkrun 9am every Saturday
Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday
NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone
Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.
Wooden Civil War sculptures including soldiers and a horse, stand in a part of the park set out as a natural play area in 2009. The original facilities were made using trunks from trees that had been felled in the park. The district council and Friends of Sconce and Devon Park decided to submit a bid to Tesco's ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. The grant has been used to clear away the remains of the old area and to pay for the design, construction and installation of the figures.
The cafe is run by Rumbles Catering Project, which provides education and training for people with learning difficulties.
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.
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.