VISIT NEWARK & SHERWOOD
Packed with fascinating history, thrilling outdoor adventure and stunning architecture, Newark and Sherwood has something for every visitor. Make memories with family, friends and loved ones as you hang out at Robin Hood’s hideout in Sherwood Forest, shop for antiques, learn about Newark’s role in the Civil War, enjoy world-class music festivals or simply enjoy the incredible landscapes of this district that sits right in the centre of the country.
Consider this your invitation to come and explore everything on offer in this unique and vibrant region and discover #newarkandsherwood for yourself.
You’ll wonder what took you so long!
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Whether you’re looking to fill a day or plan a fortnight’s stay, we’ve got all the information you need to make the most out of your visit, and our fantastic Visitor Information Centre, based in the heart of Newark, is always on hand to help with any specific queries.
Experience life in a Victorian Workhouse, see one of the country’s only permanent maypoles, bring the 17th century to life at the National Civil War Centre and much, much more.
There’s a delicious range of food and drink on offer across Newark and Sherwood where you can enjoy a pint in a 15th century pub and dinner on the banks of the River Trent.
Whether you’re looking for a self-catering cottage, a luxury bed and breakfast, a family-friendly campsite or something else entirely, we have the right accommodation for you.
Packed with local farm shops, incredible antiques outlets and myriad independent retailers, you won’t be disappointed by the fantastic shopping on offer.
Music lovers, real ale drinkers, living history enthusiasts and adventure seekers will find all sorts of events to whet the appetite across Newark and Sherwood, all year round. Check out everything that’s happening here.
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5th – 6th May
Pikes and Plunder
Newark Market Place, Newark Castle & Queen’s Sconce
Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will descend on the historic town of Newark this early May bank holiday! Visit on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May to see the clock turned back to the mid-17th century of the 5th annual Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival. The remarkable Queen’s Sconce built in 1644 will be the stunning venue to musket fire and fighting, whilst Newark Castle hosts major living history displaus, bringing the period vividly back to life. Plus, more events will be held throughout the town ensuring that this is an unmissable bank holiday weekend for all!
Tel: 01636 655765
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11th – 12th May
Nottinghamshire County Show
Experience a great traditional family day out this Spring at Nottinghamshire County Show. This first show of the season showcases the best cattle, sheep, goats and pigs alongside superb equine events, including majestic ‘heavies’ and first-class showjumping. Classes and competitions run all day on both days. There will also be gun dogs, hunting hounds, giant tortoises and birds of prey. Children will particularly enjoy the antics of the animals in the Countyside Area and alongside old favourites like the Sheep Show will be fascnating demonstrations of heritage crafts.
Tel: 01636 705796
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18th – 19th May
Pedalfest is returning to Sherwood Pines this summer for yet another weekend of activities and entertainment suitabe for the entire family!
There will be an exclusive BMX stunt show, live music, kids riding zones, unlimited free bike test rides from Raleigh, Haibike and Lapierrer, special guest appearance from Ted Robbins from hit TV show Phoenix Nights, magician/entertainer, jumping clay modelling and gourmet food selection (vegan and veggie options avaliable).
The event is completely FREE of charge to attend – just secure a wristband for entry at Eventbrite.
Tel: 0300 067 4340
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Newark is the quintessential English market town. Home to the National Civil War Centre, stunning riverside Castle where King John died in 1216, a thriving, cobbled Market Place overlooked by its Georgian Town Hall, Newark offers an experience of English History through the ages alongside a tempting array of shops, cafes and charming pubs
Known for its ancient woodlands, wide range of outdoor activities and legendary association with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Sherwood Forest offers something for everyone and its beautiful country parks, villages and natural wildlife habitats.
Picturesque Southwell is often referred to as 'the jewel in Nottinghamshire's crown'. Explore Southwell Minster, renowned for its twin 'pepperpot' towers, The Archbishop's Palace and The Workhouse as well as the choice of independent shops and tearooms.