Covid April 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 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

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

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

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.

Hot chocolate to go with cream and marshmellows

Spring update

A new sensory trail is coming to the park this spring!

Also new butterfly id signage will soon be installed to help park visitors identify and log the butterflies they see in the park through the spring and summer months.

A new season of events for 'friends of the parks' has been arranged and as we slowly start to unlock from the Covid-19 restrictions other park events will start to appear once more.

Parkrun and junior parkrun are soon to return in line with the latest government guidance. We can't wait to get our regular runners and walkers back in to the park.

Well done to Marianne Smith (age 8) from Newark for winning the wildflower art competition.

Rumbles cafe is getting a make over with a new wildlife-themed mural inside the cafe. It is hoped that the cafe will open up for inside meals again at the end of the summer.

Keep an eye out for the fabulous blackthorn blossom in the park from March onwards and then Hawthorn blossom throughout May. 

Forest school

Available in our parks in Newark, Ollerton and Clipstone for summer 2021.

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

Sconce and Devon Park events 2021

  • 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.

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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