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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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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