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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.

Get your groove on at Farnstock! Saturday 21 July 12pm to 12am

Now in its sixth year, Farnstock 2018 is an ‘on-your-doorstep’ family-friendly music festival in Farnsfield.

This popular local family event will showcase 12 hours of live music and DJs across 2 stages, with a fantastic full line up of artists from midday to midnight.

Also back by popular demand is Farnstock’s mini beer and cider festiva, with a range of locally brewed ales and ciders to tempt any palate as well as our Pimms and Prosecco! Introducing this year by popular demand our secret Gin Bar!!

For families there is arts and crafts, a cinema marquee, circus skills and plenty of family friendly entertainment throughout the day.

Farnstock 2018

Newark Traditions Weekend‌

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Dance groups from across the East Midlands will converge in Newark on Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July for a weekend of traditional music and dance.

The festival is based around the market square, castle gardens and local town pubs including the Prince Rupert, the Fox and Crown and the Castle Barge.

The streets will be filled with the vibrant colours and sounds of this ancient English tradition and the programme includes a maritime session with songs from the sea, a Morris dancing procession, sword dancing, clog dancing, music workshops, singing sessions, an evening Ceilidh in the Town Hall, and children’s ribbon crafts.

It will be a wonderful spectacle for all ages with over 20 different dance groups and artists taking part.

Morris dancing

Newark Traditions Festival

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Enjoy traditional dancing in the castle grounds over the weekend. Children's ribbon art making headbands and ribbon shakers with Newark and Sherwood Community Hub 12pm to 2pm both days.

On Saturday Mi and Bambini family singing group will be around at lunchtime and Notts and District Hand-spinners and Weavers will be giving demonstrations of their traditional crafts.

Newark Traditions Festival in the Castle Grounds Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Pirate Trail

Ahoy there, shipmates! NEW Pirate Trail at Vicar Water Country Park Clipstone

Free event during the summer holidays on Wednesday 1 August

1pm to 3pm and everyone welcome

Make an eye patch, walk the plank and enjoy a swashbuckling pirate adventure in the park.

With the Newark and Sherwood Community Hub team.

Pirate Adventure at Vicar Water Country Park Weds 1 August 1pm to 3pm

Tour of Britain Bunch SprintOVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018

This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain promises to be a thrilling, innovative and unpredictable race as it passes through iconic cities, towns and landmarks.

Taking place from 2 to 9 September Nottinghamshire has Stage Seven on Saturday 8 September.

We are thrilled to have the race passing through many towns and villages within the district again this year. Get involved and support the riders in Newark and Sherwood.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday 8 September for Britain's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.


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.

The Bard’s Tales

Sconce and Devon Park

Sat 18 and Sun 19 August 3pm

Can-Do Theatre presents The Bard’s Tales. An irresistible and hilarious combination of storytelling and performance. Enjoy best-loved scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and more.

The Running time is around 2 hours with interval and it’s suitable for children age 7+

Tickets: £10 full, £8 concessions, £30 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Tickets are available from the Palace Theatre, Newark

The Bareds Tales - Sat 18th and Sunday 19th August at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark

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

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July

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 13 to 15 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.

This year’s event has an impressive line-up in locations across the whole town, 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 on sale now!

Fairy Famouse Family - Grow Your Own at Newark Book Festival

‌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

Dates for your diary, events in the Market Place 2018

  • Weekend 13 to 15 July - Newark Book Festival
  • Weekend 20 to 22 July - Newark Traditions Festival
  • Wednesday 8 August - Science for everyone!
  • September - Fiver Fest Fortnight with Totally Locally Newark
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September - Newark Palace Theatre Panto launch and auditions
  • 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's miss Craft and Artisan Markets in the Market Square on the last Sunday in each month

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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