If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps this morning then take solace in the fact that your won’t be the only one; the infamous Blue Monday is upon us.

The weather is getting colders and gloomier, the weather people are threatening snow, the excitement left over from Christmas and New Year is well and truly over and the prospect of what lies ahead this year is becoming overwhelming. We’re with you – January is a tough month.

We at Visit Newark & Sherwood, believe we have everything you need to blow away the cobwebs, make 2019 seem a little less daunting and to hopefully put a spring back into your step. Ideally, we’d like to make you a little bit happier.

Major Oak at Sherwood ForestThere is nothing more invigorating than a brisk walk in the great outdoors and Newark & Sherwood have plenty of places for you to experience the beauty of Mother Nature. It can be a tad monotonous wondering around the same areas of your neighbourhood, looking at the same landmarks and walking the same paths, so we suggest a jaunt over to the home of Robin Hood himself – Sherwood Forest. Sherwood Forest looks absoultely spectacular at this time of year and thanks to our glorious summer the forest is looking the best it ever has. Wondering among the great old oaks is sure to clear your mind and make you feel invigorated – there are plenty of trails you can get lost within, just soaking up the beauty of this ancient woodland. Afterwards you can have a nice cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. The RSPB are also hosting their Big Garden Birdwatch Trail around Sherwood Forest for yourself – this is on until the 27th January. Additionally, take youRufford Abbey & Country Parkr four legged friend with you – they might be suffering from Blue Monday too!

If Sherwood Forest doesn’t take your fancy then there are plenty of other places in and around Newark & Sherwood where you can expeirene the great outdoors. Sherwood Pines is just a stone throw away where you can also take part in their cycling trails if you need to get your heart pumping and your body moving. Rufford Abbey Country Park is another stunning location that offers over 870 years of history. There is plenty to explore at Rufford Abbey – woodlands, a lake and gardens as well as family fun and activites to get your whole family exploring. Thoresby Park is attatched to the Thoresby estate and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, enough to take the weight off your shoulders and leave you feeling more relaxed than when you arrived. There are also a number of craft shops for you to explore as well as a cafe for a quick pit stop.

We have a wide range of places to explore the great outdoors, if none of these take your fancy then why not check out our outdoor attractions page for more inspiration!

If you’re like me and this time of year can make you feel a little sluggish, trying desperately to get your brain in hear, then perhaps you need to get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps a visit to a cultural attraction might help? Why not pop over to the National Civil War Centre, immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the English Civil Wars and decide for yourself, would you be a parliamentariam or would you have been a royalist? Explore their wide range of exhibitions including Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy and Battle Scarred: Surgery, Medicine and Military Welfare to get you inspired and to hopefully clear the fog! If the Civil Wars aren’t your thing then perhaps a visit to the Newark Air Museum might be more fitting? Located on the former World War Two airfield of RAF Winthorpe, it has everything aviation enthusiasts need to get the creative jucies flowing once more. Or perhaps you’d fancy a visit to Newark Castle and see for yourself the location of where King John died and enjoy the lovely castle grounds. Additionally, why not head over to Southwell to experience the glory that is Southwell Minster! There is no building like the Minster to blow away the cobwebs and take the weight of the New Year off your shoulder – also look out for the legendary wooden mice in the Minster’s wood carvings! Whilst you are there why not check out the lovely independent shops, cafes and restaurants – have a look at last week’s blog for more information.

There is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cultural attractions within Newark & Sherwood, if you’d like more options then visit our cultural attractions page for more places to visit.

I always find January easier if I’ve got something to look forward to, so why not book a mini-vacation to Newark & Sherwood in the future? We’ve got everything you could ever want, picturesque towns, fabulous independent shops, delicious cafes and resturants, awe-inspiring attractions as well as some of the comfiest accommodation around! Have a look at our website, we’ve got everything you need to book your next get-a-way, we look forward to seeing you soon!


Previous Blog Posts 2019

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

Previous Blog Posts 2018

Technology-less Family Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Dec 17, 2018

Newark Wonderland, Dec 3, 2018


12 Days of Christmas – Shopping in Newark & Sherwood, Nov 26, 2018

Newark & Sherwood Christmas Markets and 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