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Quick guide to our 'not to be missed' events

‌Faces of Change: Votes for Women

The Workhouse in Southwell has launched a new and fascinating exhibition called Faces of Change: Votes for women.

This is an exciting collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and charts the national campaign for women’s suffrage in a very contemporary and imaginative way.

It also tells the story of local women connected to the Workhouse like Laura Ridding and includes an incredible array of rarely seen photographs and paintings.

The exhibition honours the 100 years milestone since women were granted the right to vote and is open in Southwell until 22 July.

Votes for women rosette from The Workhouse in Southwell

Newark Artisan Market and Craft Weekend over the Spring Bank Holiday

Sunday 27 May and Monday 28 May

Some of the area’s top makers and crafters will be showing and selling their work in Newark Market Place over the bank holiday.

Find something unique for your home or take away a quirky gift for a friend. In addition Newark Town Council has organised some street entertainment and live music.

On Sunday there is Punch and Judy, face-painting, Fun Chorus and Gloria Sunset Duo.

On Monday there is face painting for children and musical entertainment!

Reach off Road Cycle Race

Sunday 3 June at Southwell Rugby Club

8am - 11am

Entry is now open for this years event.

Reach Off Road offers 4 routes - 5, 10, 20 and 37 mile options. The event is well known for it's friendly atmosphere and wide array of cakes!

For more information please contact Sarah Cobb or call 01636 819066.

The Major Oak Woodland Festival

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June at Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe

Join the Sherwood Forest Trust to celebrate the history of Sherwood Forest and re-tell the story of the medieval forest and how it has supported local communities throughout the ages.

Enjoy watching artists and local craftspeople and stroll around the many demonstrations, stalls and exhibitions including crafts such as bodging (pole lathers), charcoal making, horse logging, chainsaw carving and furniture making.

This family event also celebrates the forest as a National Nature Reserve and includes a popular children’s environmental zone.

The Gate to Southwell Music Festival

Thursday 7 June to Sunday 10 June, at Southwell Racecourse

The Gate to Southwell Music Festival is only just around the corner now. If you haven’t been before its four days (or you can buy day tickets) of great music, dancing, entertainment, crafts, festival stalls and amazing food and drink. Plus it’s right here in the district.

There is plenty going on for little ones too and its free entry for under 12’s. Music workshops, hilarious street theatre, white post farm, storytelling, toddle bops and craft activities. Dan the Hat is a sure fire hit with all ages, Johny and the Raindrops play jump-up-and-down-best-ever-music for cools kids plus loads more.

And for adults there is always the speciality beers and cider, artisan food and gin and fizz tent!
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Saturday 8 September 2018

Marvellous Meadows at Vicar Water Country Park

Saturday 16 June at 10am

Join Ranger Matt for a gentle amble around the wildflower meadows at Vicar Water and enjoy a beginners guide to identifying the many flowers that can be found here.

Sturdy footwear advised. Meet outside the visitor centre at 10am.

Free event to lift your spirits!


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.

Newark Book Festival returns, bigger and better than ever for 2018

Newark Book Festival is returning to Newark in July 2018 with the town’s biggest ever celebration of books and literature.

Taking place across three days from the 13th to 15th July 2018, this year’s theme will be Landscapes in Literature with the festival celebrating local literary heritage, fictional worlds, and highlighting the importance of location in fiction and non-fiction writing.

Building on the success of the first revamped event in 2017, which drew almost 2,500 people to Newark, the 2018 festival will be taking place across 11 venues throughout the town, including for the first time, Newark Palace Theatre and Carriages cafe.

This year’s event is set to have an even more impressive line up, with a themed marketplace full of literary inspired stalls and performances for the whole family to enjoy.

You can stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on Facebook or Twitter

Tickets will be on sale in the coming months.

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • Weekend 27 and 28 May - Spring Craft and Artisan Fayre
  • Saturday 16 June - Food and Drink Festival
  • Sunday 24 June - Armed Forces Day and Monthly Sunday Craft Market
  • Weekend 13 to 15 July - Newark Book Festival
  • Weekend 20 to 22 July - Newark Traditions Festival
  • Wednesday 8 August - Science for everyone!
  • Sunday 25 Nov - Christmas Lights Switch-On with musical acts and fireworks
  • Sunday 9 Dec - Newark Christmas Market and Winter Feast

Dont's miss Craft and Artisan Markets in the Market Square on the last Sunday in each month

Summer in Southwell

Southwell has a busy fun-packed events programme including events at the Workhouse, the Archbishop's Palace, in town and at the popular summer musical festivals. Hightlights include Southwell Fun day (with Vikings!) on the Burgage Green, the Gate to Southwell dance procession through the town, the Lions Duck race, Field Dog Antiques Fair at the racecourse and new outdoor theatre.

Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay and Relax in Southwell.

Newark and Sherwood Poetry Trail logoNewark and Sherwood Poetry Trail

Once the home of the well-known poet Lord Byron, Newark and Sherwood has always boasted of its literary prestige, and this summer you can celebrate with a fantastic poetry trail.

Including three locations that have inspired poets; Newark Castle, Southwell Minster and Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre, plus two literary festivals, Newark Book Festival and the Bryon Festival, the trail is the perfect way to discover the beauty of Newark and Sherwood.

Additionally, by visiting three of the five venues on the poetry tail you could be in with a chance to win an amazing bundle of local artistic and literary prizes.

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. 

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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