Featured events

Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

Christmas in Newark and Sherwood

For Christmas markets, light switch on's and Christmas fun visit our Christmas pages.

Halloween in Newark and Sherwood

For pumpkins, witches and black cats find out about local Halloween happenings here in the district

Bonfire night and organised firework events

Keep safe at an organised bonfire event in Newark and Sherwood

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 Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell

Save the date! Saturday 20 October 10am to 4pm

For the annual food and drink festival in the Minster, painting competitions and decorated shop windows, Morris dancing and live music, apple pies of course from Southwell WI and apple-themed children's activities at the Workhouse and Archbishop's Palace. 

The Big Draw

The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival and takes place throughout October each year.

The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't! Each year there is a theme and this year's theme celebrates PLAY and it’s role in creativity.

The Arts Team at Newark and Sherwood District Council is joining up with the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub to provide free family drawing workshops in two of the district's community centres.

You can use your imagination to create bright and beautiful pieces of artwork using crayons, chalks, stamps and rollers, anything except a pencil. Let your imagination run free to create something fun and quirky.

All ages and abilities welcome.

Venues and Times

  • Ambleside Community Centre, Yew Tree Road, Ollerton – Monday 29 October – 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Millgate Community Centre, Pelham Street, Newark – Monday 29 October – 1pm to 3pm

For more information about The Big Draw and to view nearby events please visit www.thebigdraw.org

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.

Santa Run for Reach

9 December 2018

This year Reach is hosting its first Santa Run, taking place on 9 December at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark. This is a family friendly event. Participants can walk, jog or run the 2 km course, which winds around the Beautiful Sconce Park. All runners will receive a free Santa suit, mince pie and a medal.

This is a fundraising event for Reach Learning Disability and all we ask is that you raise a minimum of £10 in sponsorship per person to help us raise all we can from this fantastic, fun filled event. To make raising sponsorship easy we have set up a Just Giving page linked to the event. 

The run will start at 11am, registration will be open from 10am, situated on the top field (closest to Rumbles Cafe).

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • Sunday 25 Nov - Christmas Lights Switch-On with musical acts and fireworks
  • Sunday 9 Dec - Newark Christmas Market and Winter Feast
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December - Newark Christmas Market Weekend

Dont miss 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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