Covid-19 January 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 open and being cleaned regularly
  • The play ground is open but please see safety advice on this page
  • 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
  • Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
  • Do not meet in groups. You are allowed to exercise within your household or bubble
  • No team games or large groups activities
  • 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 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

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

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.

Rumbles Cafe

Carrot and Coriander Soup at Rumbles CafeSimon 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 autumn 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
  • Winter warmers include steak and ale pie, chicken curry, griddled veg with tomato and garlic, poached cod and omelettes all £6.50

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.

Winter update from Ranger George

Ranger George and the park volunteers have been busy relaying the bark chipping path through the woodland trail, installing new wildflower signage, coppicing willow and creating dead-hedge and log pile wildlife habitats in the Devon Meadow.

Chris and Sue from the parks friends group have been busy tidying the garden near the Tom Mann entrance and planting tulip bulbs and Rudbekia to attract the bees next year. New members of the friendly friends group are always welcome.

The council grounds team have been busy planting spring tulips and mixed wallflowers and pansies in the flower borders. They will be something to look forwards to for spring.

The new Sensory Trail equipment has arrived and George and the volunteers will be installing it all during the winter autumn and winter months ready for the spring.

We have undertaken an end of year butterfly survey and we’re planning new signage to help park visitors identify and log the butterflies they see in the park next summer.

Helping hedgehogs in the autumn

Before a hedgehog goes into hibernation they need lots of food in order to store fat, this is why it’s important to carry on providing a shallow dish of food and water for hogs in your garden. You can buy hedgehog food or use meat-based cat or dog food. However not bread or milk.

Also at this time of year is very important to check bonfires. Either dismantle and rebuild the fire just before lighting or light it the same day as you build it.

Try not to be too tidy in your garden and retain twigs and leaves in a quiet corner at the back of a border. Check for hedgehogs before using strimmers or mowers, particularly under hedges where animals may rest. Check compost heaps for nesting hogs before forking over.

Why not buy or build a hedgehog house. This five star hedgehog accommodation was built by Emma Gilbert from Newark.

If you see a hedgehog during the day and have doubts about its wellbeing contact Tiggywinkles or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Both websites have lots of information about helping hedgehogs in trouble

Hedgehog house created by Emma Gilbert from Newark

Forest school

Available in our parks in Newark, Ollerton and Clipstone

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

Sconce and Devon Park events 2020

  • Parkrun 9am every Saturday‌ - currently suspended
  • Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday - currently suspended

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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