Weekends in Newark & Sherwood are always fun-filled and jam packed, however one weekend this summer promises to be better than those that have come before. From the 12th – 14th July we’ve got not just one but three, brilliant festivals happening within Newark & Sherwood. From literary havens, to foot stomping country music fun to the yummiest chilli’s the East Midlands have to offer – we’ve got it all.

Therefore, we feel it is our duty to give you a quick run down of what you can expect at these brilliant festivals. Remeber you don’t have to just attend one? Why not try and visit all three in one weekend – forget the three peaks challenge, this is the three festival challenge!


Newark Book FestivalNewark Book Festival

The clue is in the name: Newark Book Festival is a brilliant weekend celebration of all things literary in the heart of Newark. With over fifty events in twelve venues spanning across three days it is heaven on earth for all us bookworms. This year the theme is Home and Away – travel across the world in your imagingation as you dive head first into the literary worlds the festivals fabulous authors create. Like in previous years, some of the venues are some of the most iconic in Newark including the Palace Theatre, the Town Hall ballroom and Newark Castle. There will be a brilliant selection of Q&A panels, creative writing workshops as well as talented actors bringing to life some of our favourite stories. Additionally, as always, there will be a brilliant selection of authors on hand to part their wisdom upon us and tell us all about their creative process. Visiting authors including Joanne Harris (Chocolat), Alison Weir (Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets) and Mark Billingham (Their Little Secret) to name just a few.

Newark Book festival will fire your imagination, challenge and inspire you and present the very best in literature and the arts. If you want to know more about what you could discover at this festival, check out last week’s blog post where guest blogger Ellen Lavelle talks you through what the entire weekend has to offer.


FSA Fest 2019

I know we don’t want admit it but let’s be honest there is a part of all us that utterly loves country music – who doesn’t like to enjoy a bit of Keith Urban now and then? Whether you’re a secret country music lover or you’re out and proud the FSA Fest at Newark Showground is where you need to be this summer.

From the 12tj – 14th July Newark Showground will be transformed into the heart of country music as it prepares for the hoedown of the year! FSA is one of the UK’s biggest country music festivals with more than 35 brilliant artists from both the UK and USA will bring the country party to Newark. Headliners include Sarah Darling, Callaghan, Robert Vincent and Peter Donegan as well as many more!

So, if you love country music, or are just dipping your toes into this incredibly varied and utterly brilliant music genre then FSA Fest 2019 is for you! Why not head over to their website for find out more?


East Midlands Chilli, Beer and Artisan FestivalEast Midlands Chilli, Beer and Artisan festival

It is my personal opinion that any pizza is greatly improved if jalapenos feature in the toppings and, let’s be honest it’s not nachos if some form of chilli doesn’t take centre stage! So if you LOVE chilli’s like I do then why not head over to ChilliBobs East Midlands Chilli, Beer and Artisan Festival?

It’s a brilliant family event for both chilli and non-chilli lovers with an exciting array of stalls with an impressive array of East Midlands and UK-wide artisans, street food and drinks vendors. There promises to be delicious food and sumptuous beers as well as those all-important chilli eating contests and brilliant live bands to provide the soundtrack for your summer!

There will always be something for everyone at this brilliant food festival – interested? Head over to their Facebook page to find out more and follow the link to book your tickets.



Previous Blog Posts 2019

Newark Book Festival: A Literary Haven, Jun 12, 2019

Who’s Ready for Some Outdoor Theatre? Jun 9, 2019

A Weekend of the Very Best of Music – Newark Festival, Jun 3, 2019


Joyful June – A Weekend of Festivals, May 28, 2019

Summer Festivals 2019, May 20, 2019

Fun for Everyone in Newark & Sherwood this May Half Term, May 13, 2019

Shopping in Southwell this Spring, May 7, 2019


Early Bank Holiday Fun, Apr 29, 2019

The Adventures of Robin Woof, Apr 8, 2019

Easter Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Apr 1, 2019


Time to Escape? Mar 18, 2019

The History and Culture of Newark & Sherwood, Mar 4, 2019


Half Term Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Fab 11, 2019


Combat Blue Monday in Newark & Sherwood, Jan 21, 2019

Shop Independently in the Picturesque town of Southwell, Jan 14, 2019