Our historic Green Flag awarded park provides top-class facilities for visitors and locals alike.
The park has a ranger, toilets, cafe and play area, accessible footpaths and signs guiding visitors around to explain its history and ecology and a bridge for pedestrian access to the Queen's Sconce - a 17th century Civil War fortification.
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 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 play ground is open but please see safety advice on this page
Junior parkrun currently suspended until the end of April
Family 5k parkrun currently suspended until Saturday 5 June
Forest Schools and many other park events have been postponed
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
Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
Do not meet in groups of more than 6 people or 2 households
No team games or large groups activities unless it is part of an organised club or society
Organised outdoor sports are allowed
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. 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. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting
Social distancing should be followed and families 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
Face-coverings are recommended for parents but not children under 3 years old. Dispose of used face-coverings properly
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
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
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.
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.
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 spring 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.
Parkrun 9am every Saturday - currently suspended until Saturday 5 June
Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday - currently suspended until Sunday 11 April
Friends of Sconce and Devon Park programme 2021
Thursday 8 April 10am - spring walk and litter pick
Saturday 22 May 8am - bird walk with Mark Speck from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Thursday 10 June 10am - garden tidy / wildflowers
8 to 12 July - National Moth Night with Mel Penson
Saturday 14 August - family nature trail and craft activities
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.