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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.