I think it’s fair to say that everyone has Christmas on the brain. It’s that time of year when everyone is scrambling for the best Christmas tree, plotting what they need for Christmas dinner and most importantly figuring out what on earth you’re going to get everyone!

If you’re like me and dread heading to the cramped shopping centres and want to shop somewhere that has a bit of character and Christmas spirit then Newark & Sherwood is the answer to all your prayers!


Newark is a traditional market town with a vibrant market trade. The market place itself is overlooked by the Grade I listed Georgian Town Hall which will now be all decorated and lit up for Christmas – it looks magical! On the 9th & Newark Christmas Market23rd December there will be an artisan craft and gifts market taking place which is an absolutely perfect opportunity to buy unique and special gifts. If it’s a Christmas market you’re dying to attend then Newark also has you covered, on the 15th & 16th December it’s Newark annual Christmas market and Winter feast. There will be music and street entertainment, festive food and drinks, gifts and crafts – everything to get you well and truly prepared for Christmas.

We are also very fortunate to have many independent shops, cafes and restaurants in Newark. These shops have some absolutely beautiful gifts that are perfect for giving to your loved ones – something nobody else will have gotten them! Totally Locally Newark is turning Newark into a Winter Wonderland! Retailers are going above and beyond the create festive windows. Pictures of the windows will be uploaded onto Facebook for you to vote for your favourite – you could also win a £200 Totally Locally Newark voucher for yourself! Look out for #NewarkWonderland coming soon!

SouthwellSouthwell Traders Late night christmas shopping

Southwell boasts over 50 beautiful independent shops were you can grab some gorgeous clothes, some home furnishings, a bite to eat and even some baking supplies to get your Great British Bake Off on! Southwell is also just genuinely a lovely town to visit with the backdrop of the magnificent Minister, it really is the perfect place for a gentle peruse on a Saturday morning!

On the 29th November Southwell comes alive for their Southwell Traders Late Night Shopping evening! The independent shops will open later in the evening for you to grab some perfect gifs as well as wonder around a Christmas market. It’s the perfect excuse to buy those special presents for the important people in your life or to have a festive evening with your family. There will also be carol singers and the Christmas tree light switch on will commence at 6.00pm.


The Sherwood area has it’s own shopping experience. Just a stone’s throw away from the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is the Sherwood Forest Arts & Crafts Centre; a wonderful place to find some original arts and crafts products that will perfectly fit under your Christmas tree. The building houses 16 working studios where you can see the craftspeople at work whilst we peruse their wares. You can find anything from original paintings, to vintage fabrics, handcrafted jewellery, pens and furniture and handmade bath and body products.

Or alternatively you can head to Thoresby and have a wonder around Thoresby Courtyard. Located in Thoresby estate’s old coach house you can wonder the 6 studios and their beautiful products. You can buy anything from ladies wear, to homemade crafts, homeware, bespoke glass products, specialist jewellery and soft furnishings. They also have a lovely café, The Bay Tree Café, if you need to have a small pit stop on the way – a shopper’s dream!

Have a look at our Retailers page for more of our lovely independent shops in Newark & Sherwood


Previous Posts 2018

Newark & Sherwood Christmas Markets & Light Switch On, Nov 19, 2018

The Legend of Robin Hood in Newark & Sherwood, Nov 12, 2018


This is Halloween – Halloween in Newark & Sherwood, Oct 22, 2018

The 25th Bramley Festival, Oct 8, 2018


The ‘P’ Word, Sep 10, 2018

A Summer of Theatre and Music in Southwell, Sep 3, 2018


Weekend Stay in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 20, 2018

Heritage Open Days in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 13, 2018

Newark Air Museum & Rufford Abbey celebrate the 1940s, Aug 5, 2018


What to do when school’s out in Newark & Sherwood, Jul 29, 2018

New Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre nearing completion, Jul 9, 2018

Byron Festival 2018, Jul 3, 2018


National Holocaust Centre and Museum open gardens, Jun 27, 2018

A fabulous Father’s Day in Newark and Sherwood, Jun 11, 2018