Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

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.

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, specialist coffees and chillies from Chilli Bob.

The launch market on Saturday 6th April will include a welcome from a town crier and musical entertainment from local artists including the Newark Community Band and Andy Ackers, Moonshiners and Kieran Owen

#LoveYourMarket #KeepingItLocal

Saturday 25 May at Newark Palace Theatre

Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to ABBA's heyday. Thank ABBA For The Music is a two-hour theatre spectacular that captures the magic and excitement of one of pop history's most successful and entertaining bands

ABBA and 70s fancy dress is optional.

Thank ABBA for the music poster

Ways of seeing flyer

Canberra Saturday 

Canberra Saturday
Saturday 18 May
Newark Air Museum

Spring Events

What’s on at Carriages

Carriages café is found right on the platform of the beautiful listed Newark Castle Station.

  • Thursday 16 May 6.30pm to 10.30pm I’m not dead yet disco, an over 65’s dance party

Find out about all carriages events

Discovering Southwell Information Day

Saturday 18 May 2019
10am to 2.30pm in Southwell Library

Everyone is welcome to find out more about Discovering Southwell, by attending our Information Day on Saturday 18th May.

A Question of Sports Pub Quiz
Wednesay 15 May from 9pm at The Hearty Goodfellow
So you think you’re a sports knowledge whiz? Get a team together and we’ll put you to the test. Teams, 6 people max, £1 per person entry, winning team takes the pot. Complimentary chip cobs for entrants

Southwell Stories
Friday 31 May from 7:30pm at the Saracen’s Head
Come along and hear some folktales and bring us your stories, old photographs and memorabilia of Southwell to share. Everyone welcome at this informal evening.

Twilight Market Family Activities
Friday 7 June, 5pm to 8pm in the Market Square

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.

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.


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.

Summer Events 

Gate to Southwell 
Thursday 6 June to Sunday 9 June
Southwell Racecourse

Major Oak Woodland Festival
Saturday 8 June to Sunday 9 June
Sherwood Forest

Newark Festival
Friday 14 June to Sunday 16 June
Newark Riverside

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

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

Bramley Festival
Saturday 19 October

The Take That Experience
Thursday 27 June
Palace Theatre Newark






Newark Castle Events   

Beaumond House Events 

Summer Wolf Run
Saturday 1 June 2019
Stanford Hall Estate, Leicestershire

Be Bright Blue for Beaumond House
Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 June 2019

Newark Half Marathon
Sunday 11 August 2019
Sconce & Devon Park

Beaumond House & Children’s Bereavement Centre Dragon Boat Race
Sunday 15 September 2019
Riverside Park, Newark

Skydive for Beaumond House
Saturday 21 September
Langar Airfield, Nottinghamshire

Fright the Night 5k Glow Run
Wednesday 30 October
Newark Showground

Spanish 3 Peaks Challenge
Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 March 2020

Maplebeck Films 

Film Screening: Untouchable (15)
Location: The Village Hall in Maplebeck
Date: Tuesday 18 June, at 7.30pm 
Tickets: £5 on the door 

For more information contact Jenny Bladon on 01636 636692

Maplebeck Garden Fete 

Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm 
Children's fancy dress, sports, raffle, tombola and much more
For more information contact Jenny Bladon on 01636 636692 

Southwell Fun Day

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 12pm to 4pm on The Burgage

Have fun in the sun with family and friends. Enjoy live music, circus skills, community stalls and local refreshments.

Newark Book Festival logoNewark Book Festival

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019

Celebrating and showcasing the world of books through an exciting and engaging programme. From author talks, to readings, stories, theatre, film and crafts. Crime fiction, contemporary writing, debuts, Science Fiction and fantasy, Cream Tea's, Classic crime and literary fiction, to a whole host of free family fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Taking place in beautiful venues across the town, this year the festival will be exploring the theme of Home and Away. From travelling around the world and through your imagination, to a celebration of all things home and Nottinghamshire.

This year’s guests include Joanne Harris, Alison Weir, Michelle Harrison, Mark Billingham, Martin Edwards, Diana Evans, Elly Griffiths and many more.

Tickets will be on sale from the Palace Theatre Box Office from Wednesday 15 May.

Visit www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk

Palace Theatre, Newark as our Festival Box Office.

Summer Events 

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

Traditions Fest and Artisan Market 
Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July
Newark Royal Market

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

Plant Hunters Fair 
Sunday 11 August 
The Archbishops Place 

Dates for your diary, special markets in Newark 2019

  • Saturday 4 May Farmers/eco market
  • Sunday 26 May Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • Saturday 1 June Farmers/eco market
  • Saturday 15 June Newark Food and Drink Festival
  • Sunday 23 June Newark Armed Forces Day
  • Sunday 30 June Artisan and Craft Food Market
  • 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

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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