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 created an abundance of new ‘no mow’ and wildflower areas in our parks in Newark and Clipstone.
We would like local children to design a signage board to help explain to visitors that grass is being left longer and wildflowers are being encouraged to grow and flower providing a food source and habitat for bees and butterflies.
The competition is open to children living in Newark and Sherwood up to the age of 13 years.
We are looking for a design that helps children recognise the flora and fauna they might encounter in one of our parks and to help them appreciate the need to protect our local wildlife.
Many of the designs will be displayed in our parks and via our social media channels. Two children will be awarded a prize in addition to their designs being made into permanent signage in our parks.
Use A4 paper and write your name, age, school and a contact email or phone number clearly on the back.
Local libraries will have books with pictures to help with ideas.
Colour your drawing any way you wish, using crayons, paint, or felt tips.
Post your design to Lynn Preece at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Environmental Services, Brunel Drive, Newark, Notts, NG24 2EG by the end of August, OR leave your design with Ranger George at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark or Ranger Matt at Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone
The drawings may be included in a council press release but we will not print any names without permission.
Covid-19 July Update
We would like to reassure our park visitors that your health and safety is of utmost importance.
We have had to make some decisions in the best interest of our visitors and staff.
Sconce and Devon Park is open
Rumbles cafe is offering an outdoor 'take-away' service when the weather allows
The public toilets are opening on Monday 6 July
The play ground is opening on Monday 6 July
The senior and junior parkrun events at Sconce and Devon Park have been cancelled
Forest Schools and many other park events have been cancelled
We believe these are the most responsible decisions to make at this time. We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available via our website and social media channels.
In line with Government guidance
if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to the park
Please also ensure that you practice good hand hygiene
No team games or large groups activities
Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
Use the park and open space responsibly for your daily exercise
Please do not drop litter but use the bins provided to reduce the spread of germs
Using playgrounds during Covid-19
If the playground you visit has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to use, or access the equipment or area
If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting
Social distancing should be followed and groups of parents and children should stay 2 metres apart if possible
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
Do not use playgrounds if you have Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or lack or taste or smell
Encourage children to catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue or on their sleeve, not hands. Put tissues and used gloves in the bin
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
Nature inspired activities for kids
Here’s a round-up of some great resources for smart and curious kids to help inspire an interest in nature and a commitment to looking after our planet.
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 2020
Parkrun 9am every Saturday - currently suspended
Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday - currently suspended
Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 14 June - cancelled
East Midlands Classic Vehicle Club show Sunday 2 August - cancelled
Sconcefest - cancelled
NEW to our parks in Newark and Clipstone
Book places for our new outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.
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.