Get out and about in the fresh air!

If you are in need of a breath of fresh air and an energising walk in the countryside during the school holidays take a stroll around one of our local country parks.

Other country parks and gardens to visit locally include:

Festivals in Newark and Sherwood

The Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives website offers lots of ideas for pulling on your trainers, rolling up your sleeves and getting outside. You can have fun with boredom-busting school holiday activities, find out about nature's signs of summer, make the most of local woods, look for animal tracks, explore, smell and splash around your local park.

Let's get Active!

Our leisure centres are runnning lots of activities this May half term including swim camp, a sports camp for all ages and junior fitness circuirts across the district. 

Circus skills at Newark Castle

Sunday 8 July 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Join Lynn and Max for circus skills whilst enjoying music in the bandstand.

Circus skills at Newark Castle on Sunday 8 July from 2.30pm

Newark Book Festival

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July

Newark Book Festival is offering a treasure trove of free events for children and families this year and we are proud to be supporting the children’s literature quarter.

Look out for story-times, walkabout street theatre throughout the weekend, meet the Gruffalo in Newark Library, crafts at Millgate Community Centre, competitions, the launch of the summer reading challenge, children’s book launches and readings. On Sunday the castle is becoming an enchanted forest and you can wonder along the fairy trail watching out for Robin Hood.

Take a look at the full programme here which is bursting with ideas to encourage all the little bookworms around the district.

Little Red Reading illustration for Newark Book Festival 2018

Children's crafts at Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre 2018

  • Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August
  • Wednesday 31 October

Sconce and Devon Annual Play Day

2 August 1pm to 3pm

Including Sumo Football, Trampolines, Human Table Football, Lincoln City FC in the Community, Girls Football, Stilt alkers, Arts and crafts and loads more. 


Millgate Community Centre

All 9.30am to 2.30pm, £5 per child per day (5-11yrs)

  • July 30
  • August 3, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23

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.

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 junior parkrun

Newark junior parkrun is for juniors (4-14 year olds). How about trying one of the weekly junior 2k parkrun events?

It is held every Sunday at 9am at Sconce and Devon Park and it is FREE to join in and take part.

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! It's very friendly!

Every week parkrunners grab a post parkrun drink in Rumbles Café - please come and join us.


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