I’m going to say it…I think May might be my favourite month of the year. The weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining, we are blessed with two bank holiday Mondays AND this year we’ll finally know who will sit on the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones!
Anyway, there is so much going on in Newark and Sherwood over the first May Bank Holiday so we thought we’d give you a rundown of things to see and do from the 4th – 6th May!
Why not immerse yourself in the spectacular tours on offer during the bank holiday weekend – a perfect opportunity to discover the fascinating history of Newark.
On Saturday, starting at 11am, why not catch a Newark Town Tour. Take in the full breadth of this fascinating town’s rich history on this guided tour of Newark. Known as the place where one king lost his life and another, his kingdom, you’ll not only learn about King John’s demise and King Charles’ defeat but see some of the locations where they happened. Your expert guide will lead you on the town’s journey, from a medieval bishop’s strategic holding to a textile and brewing powerhouse. Unearth the captivating secrets of a town with a multifarious past.
If you’re an early bird and fancy a morning stroll through the beautiful Sherwood Forest then have a look at the event the RSPB are running on Sunday 5th May. If you’re a really early bird then toss the duvet aside and join the RSPB for a special wildlife encounter with their Dawn Chorus Walk. International Dawn Chorus Day is a fantastic opportunity to hear one of nature’s greatest ensembles. You’ll be taking a steady walk guided by expert staff and volunteers, picking out early bird calls and identifying as you go. See the sun rise, enjoy the morning’s peaceful atmosphere and soak up the sounds of spring as the cacophony begins – it’ll be an experience like no other! Enjoy the morning’s peaceful atmosphere and soak up the sounds of spring.
Can you hear the drums of war?
Newark had its fair share of skirmishes during the Civil War and on the 5th & 6th May over 300 re-enactors will descend as we turn the clocks back to the mid-17th century for the annual Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival! Various locations in Newark will play host to re-enactments of events during the Civil War as we celebrate Newark’s significance in the wars that changed the foundation of Britain forever. The Queen’s Sconce, built in 1644, will be the stunning venue for musket fire and fighting, whilst Newark Castle will host a major living history display.
Start the day witnessing drill displays in the heart of the town in the market place, overlooked by the beautiful Georgian Town Hall. Watch Civil War soldiers drill and complete a stunning volley of musket fire, including a have-a-go sessions for children, wreath laying on Sunday and Parliamentarian Surrender summons on Monday. Then wonder over to the spectacular Newark Castle and take a trip back in time to see how armies were fed, clothed, shod and equipped during the bitter Civil Wars with the brilliant period encampment inside the castle walls. Just a short walk from the castle is the Queen’s Sconce where there will be another living history camp, this time demonstrating what life would have been like on the front lines! See the incredible weapons they used up close, hear from a senior Royalist officer and chat to the crews about the science behind 17th century gunnery. And then finally, the main event! At 2pm, the 370 year old fort will once again be the prize as Parliamentarians and Royalists clash for ownership.
Calling all petrol heads we’ve got a 2 day extravaganza for you! On the 5th & 6th May over 500 vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles will be on display. This year there are two special themes – Fords on Saturday and Minis & VWs on Monday. If classic vehicles are you’re thing then this is the event for you – all located in the beautiful Thoresby Park estate, which is a simply stunning venue. What’s your favourite vintage motor? Let us know!
After a resounding success last year Southwell Minster’s open days are back and this year on Bank Holiday Mondays they are opening the Historic Chapter Library. This stunning room holds books and manuscripts of major important 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 to 3pm. There will also be a small themed display. Additionally you will also be able to take a tour of the Minster and discover for yourself the fascinating history of this stunning building!
This summer Rufford Abbey are running a spectacular outdoor cinema experience where you can watch your favourite movies for free in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey. Over the weekend they are showing a number of films for little ones as well as adults. On Friday they’re showing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! On Saturday they are showing the Little Mermaid in the afternoon, followed by Sing-A-Long Grease. On Sunday they’ll be showing Shrek in the afternoon and then the show-stopping Bohemian Rhapsody in the evening.
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