Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Newark Traditions Festival and Artisan Market

Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July

Enjoy the music and dancing of over 20 different Morris Dance groups at venues around the town centre including the market place and castle grounds. On Saturday weavers, spinners and dyers display heritage crafts in the castle grounds.

Join the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub team for children’s crafts by the bandstand on Saturday and on Sunday enjoy an afternoon of music with a brass band concert and free children’s circus skills beginning at 2pm in the castle grounds.

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.

Sconce and Devon Park events 2019

  • Parkrun 9am every Saturday‌
  • Junior parkrun 9am every Sunday
  • Car Show Sunday 4 August
  • Play Day Wednesday 7 August 1pm to 3pm
  • Newark Half Marathon Sunday 11 August 

European Juggling Festival 3 to 11 August at Newark ShowgroundYou are invited to the world’s biggest juggling event!

EJC Newark! 3 to 11 August 2019

The team at the European Juggling Convention (EJC) 2019 are proud to be bringing the world's largest juggling event to the UK in August 2019. The EJC will be in its 42nd year and it hasn't been to the UK for many years but this year is coming to Newark Showground.

It’s a fun and chilled out week of juggling, circus skills, aerial workshops, western skills workshops, extreme unicycling, balloon modelling, world-class performances and shows... the list goes on.

All of the activities and camping is included in the ticket price. Visit the EJC website to find out prices and more information. All areas are accessible.

Save the date for the BIG DAY OUT on Sunday 4 August as we welcome the jugglers into Newark town centre for the opening parade and fire show.

Along with Newark Town Council we are sponsoring and helping to plan an extraordinary day of activities for the town.

Chinese brush painting

Join the Newark Chinese brush painters for a friendly monthly event at South Muskham and Little Carlton village hall

10am to 3.00pm

Beginners and experienced artists very welcome.

  • Saturday 27 July with visiting artist Jean Turton

Super summer events!

Newark Book Festival 
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July
venues across Newark 

Newark Traditions Festival and Artisan Market
Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July
Newark Market Place

Robin Hood Festival
Monday 5 August to Sunday 11 August
Sherwood Forest

Plant Hunters Fair 
Sunday 11 August 
The Archbishops Place 

Saturday 17 August to Sunday 18 August
Thoresby Park

Southwell Music Festival
Wednesday 21 August to Monday 26 August

Vegan Campout
Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September
Newark Showground

Fiction Masterclass with local author Megan Taylor

Join in on the elegant surroundings of Newark’s Carriages café for an evening with widely published local author Megan Taylor on Thursday 11 July at 7pm. With three novels already out, plus one on the way, a short story collection, her stories regularly winning competitions and featuring in literary magazines.

Tickets cost just £7.50 and can be purchased from Carriages café or contact Sarah on 01636 676887, or email think.children@tiscali.co.uk.

Ticket includes a filter coffee or tea. Fully-licensed bar available.

The event will be hosted by Newark-based publisher Weathervane Press and all proceeds will be donated to local charity Think Children.

Please note there are no parking charges after 6pm to Carriages customers

Newark Castle Events   

  • Sunday 7 July 2pm Newark and Sherwood Concert Band
  • Sunday 14 July Newark Book Festival
  • Sunday 14 July 2pm Oughtibridge Brass Band
  • Weekend 20 and 21 July Traditions Festival in Newark
  • Sunday 21 July 2pm Whitwell Brass
  • Saturday 27 July 4pm Memorial for Floss Newman (please register for tickets in advance)
  • Sunday 21 July 2pm free children's circus skills
  • Sunday 28 July 2pm Newark Town Band
  • Sunday 4 August, European Juggling Festival Parade and evening fireshow on the Riverside Park
  • Sunday 11 August 2pm Rolls Royce (Derby) Band
  • Sunday 18 August 2pm Melton Band
  • Sunday 25 August 2pm Brass Explosion
  • Sunday 25 August 2pm free children's circus skills
  • Saturday 31 August 4pm to 7.30pm Forever Fest (outdoor cinema and family event raising money for Bowel Cancer Uk)
  • Thursday 5 September 6pm Handlebards - Much Ado About Nothing 

Dates for your diary, special markets in Newark 2019

  • Saturday 6 July Farmers/eco market
  • Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July Newark Book Festival
  • Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July Traditions Festival and Artisan Market
  • Sunday 28 July Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Saturday 3 August Farmers/eco market
  • Sunday 4 August European Juggling Convention – Bid Day Out!
  • Saturday 7 September Farmers/eco market
  • Sunday 29 September Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Sunday 24 November Christmas Lights Switch-on
  • Saturday 8, 14, 15 and 23 December Christmas Markets

Newark Farmer's Market

The best place to find excellent food is at a farmer’s market. This is where growers, bakers and all kinds of food and drink makers sell their produce direct to you.

And the good news is the NEW Newark Farmer’s Market is coming to the market place on the first Saturday of each month.

Visit the avenues outside the Town Hall between 9.30am and 3.30pm for the best seasonal produce that the region has to offer.

Products on offer will include locally sourced meats, sausages and bacons, award winning pastries and pies, renowned cheeses from Cropwell Bishop Creamery and Lincolnshire Poacher, delicious brownies and confectionary, international food and specialist coffees.

#LoveYourMarket #KeepingItLocal


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.

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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