Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Big Garden Birdwatch Trail

Join in with this family friendly trail in Sherwood Forest to celebrate 40 years of Big Garden Birdwatch!

Sat 12 January to Sat 27 January 10am to 3pm daily.

Follow a trail around the forest to help you learn about the feathered residents you might have in your garden.

Big Garden Birdwatch is the biggest citizen science wildlife survey in the world with up to ½ million participants.

Count the wildlife that counts on you in your garden 26 to 28 January 2019.

£2 per trail, or £1.60 for RSPB Members. No need to book!

Sherwood Forest

Visit the brand new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and find out about the legend of Robin Hood and the ecology and wildlife of Sherwood Forest. Call in the nearby Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre to browse the studio's and watch crafters and painters in action. The arts and craft centre offers children's activities each Wednesday during school holidays.

The night sky at Sherwood Forest

Saturday 2 February and Saturday 2 March

Enjoy an evening of stargazing at Sherwood Forest!

Learn about the night sky in general, particularly naked eye celestial delights such as the planets, aurora, meteors and stars.

Nigel Cunnington will provide his in-depth knowledge of all things radio astronomy, and will have a fabulous display of meteorites for visitors to look at and hold, each having its own story to tell. We also hope to listen to meteors in real-time using an antenna and computer software.

The evening will include a talk about the Moon, and if we’re lucky enough to have a clear night, will include viewing it with telescopes provided by Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society.

£8 per person, or £6.40 for RSPB Members. Not suitable for children under 8 years.

Nest Box Building in Sherwood Forest

Tuesday 19 February 11am to 2pm

Drop into Sherwood Forest during National Nest Box Week and make a nest box for the feathered friends in your garden.

Join the RSPB's friendly team who will help you build your own nest box to take home.

You’ll also have the chance to join free guided bird walks at 12 and 1 o’clock, to learn about the residents your new bird box could soon have.

£8 per nest box, or £6.40 for RSPB Members. Suitable for children, however they must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and fly a kite at Sconce and Devon Park with our local experts

  • Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 24 February 10am to 5pm
  • Midland Kite Fliers Sunday 19 May 10am to 5pm

Village Ventures

The latest Village Ventures programme is now out and includes top class drama, comedy and music events in rural locations around the district including Coddington, Collingham, Rolleston, Southwell, North Muskham, Caunton, Norwell, Mapplebeck, South Scarle and South Clifton.


Everyone is welcome on this free to enter 5k timed run.

There is a friendly atmosphere and loads of support so join us at your local parkrun Saturdays at 9am.

We have some brilliant parkrun venues in or around the district including Newark, Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines.

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2019

  • Craft and Artisan Markets in the Market Square on the last Sunday in each month

All year round attractions

There is something for everyone in Newark and Sherwood:

Local towns

Newark and Southwell are both vibrant attractive towns with regular regular market days and special events.

Tourist Information Centres

For friendly specialist information on all local attractions and up and coming events visit one of our tourist information centres which are located in Newark and Southwell.

Local weather

If you're unsure due to weather conditions or other circumstances, please check with the tourist information centre before attending an event that it has not been cancelled. We try and keep our events lists as up to date as possible but events can be cancelled at the last minute.

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