I have always enjoyed a Bank Holiday, I think it was the fact that something always special happened on a bank holiday – a trip somewhere, a nice meal out or the simple joys of a family BBQ.

This August Bank Holiday do something special with your loved ones in Newark and Sherwood. We have something for all members of the family, from kids-friendly trails, to exciting culture and interesting history – events for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a rundown of what you can get up to in Newark and Sherwood this August Bank Holiday.


Visit Newark

Topsy Turvey at National Civil War CentreTopsy Turvey Summer – National Civil War Centre

This summer the National Civil War Centre have turned the summer upside down with their fantastic family activities. Pop along to this brilliant museum to discover why the Civil War led to a ‘World Turned Upside Down’ with hilarious performances and topsy turvey craft activities. Plus they are also running a family discount where any group including a paying child receives 20% off admission.

Fake News – National Civil War Centre

The National Civil War Centre have an exciting new exhibition – Fake News! You might consider ‘Fake News’ to be a recent phenomenon but this exhibition is set to expose it as a centuries-old tradition. Indeed, the manipulation of facts in what we read and see has been going on since at least the 17th century when the chaos and confusion the Civil War, paired with rising literacy and advances in printing, proved fertile ground for misleading media. Discover the history of propaganda yourself with interesting stories and brilliant interactive displays in the fantastic Civil War Centre.

Hidden History Tours – National Civil War Centre

On Saturday 24th August, why not take part in the National Civil War Centre’s Hidden History Walking Tours. Departing and returning to the National Civil War Centre, these tours give you a fascinating insight into historical Newark. This week is the Newark Through Time tour where you can discover intriguing stories and sites of Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Georgian and Victorian Newark.

Summer 2019 – Kelham Hall & Country Park

This August Bank Holiday why not pop along to Kelham Hall & Country Park and have a full-filled weekend, fishing, camping, enjoying afternoon teas and tours, losing yourself in the outdoor play areas as well as take part in The Maize!

The Maize – LetsXcape at Kelham Hall & Country Park

Get lost this August bank holiday in The Maize at Kelham Hall – with over five acres of twists and turns to navigate, The Maize is fantastic fun for all the family!

Zombie Corntagion – LetsXcape at Kelham Hall & Country Park

Breaking News – Corntagion alert at Kelham Hall! All local news stations have just been informed that Kelham Hall has been cordoned off and is inaccessible due to a suspected Zombie Virus Outbreak. The military have been called in and secured the area for now with medical teams on site attempting to locate a cure and eradicate the zombie infestation manifesting itself in the field of Maize behind the great hall.

Extra support is needed from those willing and brave enough to help the onsite teams as apparently a newly created antidote has somehow been stolen from the medical centre and has been taken into the maze itself. It must be retrieved as soon as possible to stop the Virus spreading.

Think you have what it takes? Book your place now to save the world from the Zombie Corntagion.

Brass Explosion – Newark Castle

On Sunday 25th August, grab your deck chair or picnic blanket and head to Newark Castle for the spectacular finale of the Sunday Brass Band Concerts 2019! An afternoon of family entertainment with food and drink, come along and relax in this fabulous venue. The evening will include a series of Brass Band performances culminating in a stunning display of fireworks over the castle.


Visit Southwell

Southwell MinsterSouthwell Music Festival – Southwell Minster

Southwell Music Festival is an annual, top-quality classical music festival taking place each August Bank Holiday to celebrate classical music, to raise the profile of the town and its magnificent medieval Minster, and to inspire local musicians. Even if you don’t have tickets to this fabulous music festival, simply wander around the town and catch glimpses of the beautiful music radiating from within the Minster.

Southwell Minster Historic Chapter Library Music Festival Open Day – Southwell Minster

The historic Chapter Library holds books and manuscripts of major importance to the history of the Minster. The original library was destroyed in 1645 during the Civil War and was rebuilt through the generosity of Edward Lee of Norwell, and many other benefactors in 1690. The library will be open from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4pm.

Workhouse Live: Pauper’s Yarn Family Tour – The Workhouse

On the 23rd and 26th August join an inmate as they take you for a behind the scenes tour before the site opens at 12 noon. Start your day here with a pauper inmate and find out what life was really like in The Workhouse on this family-focused introductory tour.

The WorkhouseWorkhouse Live: Pauper Pickings – The Workhouse

On Saturday 24th, pick vegetables with the paupers in the garden. Explore the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce and fill a bag to take home with the help of the pauper inmates.

Workhouse Live: Tales from The Workhouse – The Workhouse

On Bank Holiday Monday take a step back in time at The Workhouse – find and help the inmates doing their daily jobs. Over the bank holiday, The Workhouse storytellers will also be telling stories from The Workhouse around the theme of mental health.

Go back to school at The Workhouse, write on a slate, learn to count but don’t even think about misbehaving! Education played an important part in pauper children’s lives; discover how this prepared them for life outside the institution. Hear from The Workhouse Storytellers. These costumed characters will recount stories of despair – listen to the facts and consider the views of the various characters involved.

Ceramics in Southwell – Southwell Market Place

On Sunday 25th August Ceramics in Southwell will take place in the market square. There will be close to 40 regional and national artists taking place in this annual ceramics fair. There will also be workshops and demonstrations in Southwell Library. There will be one workshop for children, and one for adults, as well as demonstrations – places can be booked by contacting Carl Gray on 07551 698844 or email carlgray@hotmail.co.uk.

Nottinghamshire sports dayNottinghamshire’s Sports Day

Join us for our yearly Nottinghamshire Sports Day, which features exhilarating All-Weather racing, and a host of different activities for the kids including golf and cricket. As ever, as is the case to all the fixtures here at Southwell, all Under 18’s go free. We’ve got a very special competition running on our Facebook page – you could be in with the chance of winning 2 PREMIER tickets to this amazing event. Simply click on the link to find out more.


Visit Sherwood Forest

Superhero Trail – Rufford Abbey

Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power? Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed…or all of them! Well Rufford Abbey Country Park have something special for you! Come and train to be the ultimate superhero at our Superhero School this summer. You will follow Rufford Abbey’s training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own super powers! Come dressed for the part, masks and capes are a must! Suitable for ages 4-11. £2 per trail sheet.

Brambly Hedge Summer Story Trail – Thoresby Park

It was a very hot summer. Each day the sun rose high in the blue sky, and the fields shimmered in the heat. The hedgerow was quiet. Many of the mice preferred to stay inside their shady cottages, trying to keep cool. Out of doors, the best place to be was down by the stream… Join the mice of Brambly Hedge preparing for a very special celebration, follow Thoresby’s magical trail throughout the park to find out more.

Classic Car & Motorcycle Show – Thoresby Park

On Bank Holiday Monday head over to Thoresby Park for the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. Classic Car and Motorcycle Show have been running events at Thoresby Park for almost a quarter of a century and in that time the events have grown from a handful of stalls and display cars to what is probably now the biggest and best kept secret in the classic motoring scene! This one day event typically attracts in excess of 600 display vehicles.

Uncover sherwood forest with robin hood and maid marianUncover Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and Maid Marian – RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

On the 23rd August come and join the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre this summer break for a guided walk like no other into the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Lady Marian and our famous outlaw Robin Hood invite you to join them as they re-tell tales from the medieval days, share secrets of the forest and guide you to Robins famous tree, the Major Oak. Explore Sherwood forest and its wildlife and beautiful trees, whilst learning about the days of old from Robin Hood himself!

Suitable for all, adults, families and children. The walks will last around an 1 hour 30 mins.

The Story of Sherwood: Guided Walk – RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

On the 23rd & 25th August take part in the guided walk at the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. This legendary forest has many tales to tell. Learn how Sherwood has been shaped over thousands of years by natural and human forces to become the iconic place we know today. From its ancient trees and the wildlife that lives amongst them, to its deep history and stories of fabled characters – join our knowledgeable guides to discover Sherwood’s secrets.

The walk will last approximately 90 minutes, starting at the visitor centre and ending at the Major Oak.

Robin HoodTales of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest – RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

On the 25th – 26th August where better to hear the stories of Robin Hood than beneath Sherwood’s mighty oaks?

Step into the fabled Greenwood with storyteller Jim Munro to enter a world of outlaws and exiles, as you hear some of Robin’s oldest tales.

This storytelling walk will take you on a journey through the forest, hearing the tales of its most legendary inhabitant. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes, and please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

The Falchions: Living History Weekend – Sherwood Forest

On the 25th – 26th August come along to the living history camp down by the Major Oak and meet the Falchions as they depict life in the 14th Century.

Join us on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 for a medieval Bank Holiday!  Learn how medieval folk coped with injuries in battle and at home, watch the blacksmith at work and view arms and armoury of the knights.

Weather permitting, the armour-clad knights will do battle in the shadow of the Major Oak.



Previous Blog Posts 2019

The Legend Returns this Summer – Robin Hood Festival 2019, Jul 29, 2019

The Circus is coming to town!, Jul 22, 2019

School’s Out for Summer, Jul 15, 2019

Summer in the Buttermarket, Jul 8, 2019


A Weekend of Celebration, Jun 24, 2019

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

Who is 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, Feb 11, 2019