1. IACF Antiques antics   Collage of images of half term activities May 2018
    Head to Newark Showground on 31 May & 1 June for The International Antiques & Collectors Fair, the largest antiques fair in Europe.
  2. Newark Artisan craft fair
    Newark Marketplace will be full of quirky, crafty and preloved items for sale on 27 & 28 May for the Newark Spring and Artisan Fair.
  3. Besieged Again! at NCWC
    The National Civil War Centre in Newark is running its Besieged Again! programme of fun family performances and craft activities from 26 May to 3 June.
  4. Bug hunt at Thoresby
    Thoresby’s Big Bug Out takes place from 25 May to 3 June. An activity booklet can be picked up at the Courtyard visitor centre and costs £1.
  5. Circus fun in the park 
    On 1 June, there is a chance to learn circus skills at Sconce & Devon Park. This FREE family activity includes juggling, spinning, balancing and clowning around!
  6. Crafts at The Workhouse
    From 26 May to June, The Workhouse in Southwell will have different types of activities daily in its Family Space, from crafts to games. The activities are free, but normal admission charges apply.
  7. Dancing around the Maypole
    Wellow is Nottinghamshire’s only Maypole Village and has a special Maypole celebration on 28 May – experience the crowning of the May Queen and Maypole dancing.
  8. Falconry experience at Kelham Hall
    On 27 May, Hawkeye Falconry is holding a group falconry experience at Kelham Hall where you can gain knowledge of the ancient art of falconry. Special offer ticket price: £20. Under 10s free.
  9. Follow the poetry trail
    Download the trail and visit three fabulous venues across Newark, Sherwood and Southwell to be in with a chance to win a bundle of books and prizes from local artists. Free to enter.
  10. Food & Drink Festival
    Rufford Abbey is hosting the Great Food and Drink Festival from 26 to 28 May. There will be chef demonstrations, workshops, stalls, pop up restaurants and entertainment.
  11. Hands-on at the Craft Centre
    Wednesday 30 May is children’s craft day at the Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre in Edwinstowe. Run by the resident artists and crafts people, children can take part in a range of activities.
  12. Heros and princesses at Wheelgate Park
    Get your best superhero or princess outfit on and head to Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park for halfterm fun from 26 May to 3 June.
  13. Medieval knights by the Major Oak
    On 26-28 May head to Sherwood Forest to visit the living history camp by the Major Oak and meet the Falchions as they depict life in the 14th Century. Free Event.
  14. Mini-beast safari at Sherwood Forest
    Head to Sherwood Forest for family fun at the mini-beast safari. Suitable for children aged 3 and above, it involves a 1 mile walk. £2.50 per child. Takes place 31 May and 1 June.
  15. Open studios art
    Why not visit some of the wonderful open studios and artists events taking place as part of Open Studios Notts 2018 in May and June.
  16. Outdoor cinema at Rufford
    There will be free viewings of The Trolls plus ticketed viewings of The Greatest Showman, set in front of the historic Abbey ruins, from 1 to 3 June.
  17. Pirates in the Park
    Go on a pirate adventure and dig for gold at these FREE park events. Takes place at Sconce and Devon Park on 31 May 1pm-3pm. Takes place at Vicar Water Country Park on 30 May, 1pm to 3pm.
  18. Re-enactment of the first siege of Newark
    Regia Anglorum, the living history society, is coming to Newark Castle to re-enact the siege of Newark. Takes place 26-28 May, 10am to 4pm.
  19. Southwell Minster tour
    On Monday 28 May and Saturday 2 June, there will be an open day at Southwell Minster. Tours will be available at £5 for adults and £3 for under 14s. Not suitable for children under 7 years of age.
  20. Tracks, Trails & Signs
    On 3 June, join in with a ranger-led walk at Sherwood Forest and investigate the food, footprints and faeces of the natural habitants! £3.00 (concessionary: £1.50 children under 16).



Previous posts 2018

Take a journey back in time, May 13, 2018


Literary festivals in Newark and Sherwood, Apr 30, 2018

Newark & Sherwood pull out all the stops for May Day living history weekend, Apr 16, 2018

Newark Air Museum: 45 years open to the public, Apr 9, 2018


Cyclists welcome in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 26, 2018

A superior shopping experience in Newark and Sherwood, Mar 19, 2018

Music festivals for all tastes in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 13, 2018

Follow the Easter bunny to Newark & Sherwood, Mar 5, 2018


Have a wonderful wedding in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 27, 2018

If antiques are your thing, you will love Newark and its surrounds, Feb 19, 2018

Discover interesting outdoor skills in Newark and Sherwood, Feb 10, 2018

February half term fun in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 5, 2018


Preserving the coal mining past of Newark and Sherwood, Jan 29, 2018

Relive Civil War history in Newark and Sherwood, Jan 22, 2018

Experience the legacy of Newark and Sherwood’s great Dukes of old, Jan 15, 2018

Southwell holds some historic surprises for visitors, Jan 8, 2018

Follow the legends and tales of King John across Newark & Sherwood, Jan 2, 2018


Previous posts 2017

Seasonal sale – grab a Christmas bargain in Newark & Sherwood, Dec 2017

One weekend, five Christmas markets – wrap up festive gift shopping in Newark & Sherwood, Nov 5, 2017


Where to go on Bonfire Night in Newark and Sherwood, Oct 24, 2017

It’s festival time in Southwell – come and celebrate the Bramley Apple, Oct 9, 2017


Take your dog on holidays to Newark and Sherwood, Sept 27, 2017

Things to do at Halloween in Newark & Sherwood, Sept 12, 2017


Where to cycle in Newark and Sherwood, August 31, 2017

The Major Oak Woodland Festival at Sherwood Forest, August 20, 2017

Experience something new on holidays in Newark and Sherwood, August 9, 2017


Focus on Laxton – a living history village, with a national museum, July 28, 2017

Get nostalgic at Newark and Sherwood events, July 20, 2017

Where to take the kids for the summer holidays in Newark & Sherwood, July 12, 2017

Literary and poetry events in Newark and Southwell, July 3, 2017


Exciting new plans for Sherwood Forest, June 27, 2017

Visit Sherwood Forest and be prepared to want to stay, June 22,2017

Take your Dad to Newark for Fathers’ Day, June 12, 2017

Something for everyone at Newark Festival, June 1, 2017