Sconce and Devon Park

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 wheelchairs
  • Parking and public toilets
  • Park ranger service
  • A fitness trail around a 600-metre circuit
  • Wildlife Pond, a wildlife friendly visitor attraction

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 www.parkrun.org.uk/newark

Junior parkrun every Sunday at 9am

A fun 2k timed run for juniors. Find out more and get involved www.parkrun.org.uk/newark-juniors/

Conservation volunteering

Interested in learning new skills, making friends and helping maintain the park? Please contact park ranger George Hemstock.

Volunteering sessions are held each week.

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
  • Halloween crafts, treasure trail and stories on Saturday 27 October from 2pm
  • Halloween Junior parkrun on Sunday 28 October at 9am
  • Forest School on Tuesday 30 October for half term
  • Santa Run for Reach on Sunday 9 December 11am start

Forest school

NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone

Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.

Civil War Sculptures

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.‌

Rumbles Cafe 

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.

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.

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