Is it me or is this year just flying by? I can’t believe we’re two weeks away from May half term!

For those lucky enough to have the whole week (or a couple of days) off, whether you’ve got little kids, big kids, are a tired teacher, a teenage needing a break from revision or just fancied a week off, we’ve got your plans covered. Read on to find out what you could get up to in Newark & Sherwood during May half term.



We’ve got so many events and trails going on this May half term which would be perfect for all families and we gurantee that there is something for everyone!

Thoresby Park – Space Trail

May 25th – June 2nd

Wonderdome at Thoresby Park

There’s an out of this world experience at Thoresby Park this May half term with their Space Trail! Become a space explorer for the day and take on their space themed trail around the grounds of this spectacular estate. Trails run from 10am – 4pm and are £1 from the Visitor Centre.

Additionally, as part of their space trail they’re hosting a Wonderdome Experience on the 29th May! It’s a mobile space show inside a 360-degree immersive inflatable cinema. Once inside you’ll learn about space and astonomy through this existing and interactive show. Places are limited, so to book email Tickets are £3.50.


National Civil War Centre – Besieged Again!

May 25th – June 2nd

Newark is under siege again! Join the National Civil War Centre for hilarious interactive performances as a Civil War solider shares his hilariolus military misfortunes. The mint your own siege coin which you can wear home as a lucky charm and make a purse to stow it away safely!


Newark Castle – Regia AnglorumNewark Castle

May 25th – May 27th

The Vikings are coming to Newark Castle! Enjoy the stunning sights of battles and tourneys alongside a fascniating living history camp where you can learn how the Vikings lived day to day. Regia Anglorum are always keen to get spectactors involved so come with your best battle cry as a fun day out is guaranteed!


Rufford Abbey – A Knights Trail

May 25th – June 2nd

Fancy yourself a Sir Lancelot or a Joan of Arc? Well if so embark on an epic quest around the grounds of Rufford Abbey with their themed walk. Locate all their Knight’s shields, find the clues and gain a prize! So don your armour, get your best fighting sword out and be prepared to defeat your foes to become a knight of legends old!


Sir John Savile’s Household Living History Weekend

May 26th – May 27th

Step back in time, to 15th century England, during the War of the Roses. Walk amongst the townfolk, soldiers and travelling merchants, see the men and women of the camp go about their daily chores and watch the soldiers train will bills, bows and guns!


Sherwood Forest Adventure ClubSherwood Forest Adventure Club

May 28th – May 29th

Explore the ancient woodland, learn about the legend of Robin Hood and enjoy fun activities making connections to nature. Some of their exciting activities include orienterring, art in the environment and den building. Suitable for school yars 3-8 and costs £27 per day.


Team Falchion Living History Weekend 

June 1st – June 2nd

Come along to the living history camp down by the Major Oak and meet the Falchions as they depict life in the 14th century. 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-clas knights will do battle in the shadow of the Major Oak.




You guys are real life superheroes, and we know just how unbelievably hard you guys work. Therefore, we firmly believe that you need some well-deserved relaxation time.

Aqua Sana at Sherwood ForestWhy not pop over to the Aqua Sana at Centre Parcs and indulge yourself in the top quality spa facilities in the relaxing heart of Sherwood Forest. Unwind and enjoy spending some quality time with a friend or your significant other, linger over experiences and why not push the boat out and treat yourself to one of their to die for treatments? Why not? You deserve it!

If shopping is your thing then enjoy some retail therapy in Newark & Sherwood. We are fortunate that we have some splendid independent shops in both Newark & Southwell that are dedicated to giving you a personalised shopping experience. You’ll pick up some absolute treasures for yourself and maybe for a friend. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped then visit some of our spectacular cafes and restaurants for a cheeky slice of cake.

CAMRA Newark Beer FestivalOr perhaps you’d like to unwind by sipping a delicious cold beer at Newark’s beautiful riverside, overlooked by our castle. The CAMRA Newark Beer and Cider festival returns this year! With an excellent range of carefully selected real ciders alongside the festival’s enormous variety of fantastic real ales and a gin bar, it’s going to be a good day out. So grab some friends and enjoy catching up over a cold one!

You could always join Sherwood Forest for a spectacular journey with their forest bathing event! Unwind from daily stressors, relax and connect back to nature all over again. Forest bathing is the practise of bathing all of the senses whilst taking in the forest atmosphere, it’s a slow practice, guiding you through a series of gentle exercises designed to restore you both mentally and physically.

Parents – we know just how hard your job is so we also recommend you leave your kids at Granny’s and take a day for yourself, a friend or your significant other to relax and partake in that all important me-time. Treat yo self!




Civil War Town Tour

May 25th

Join an expert guide who will lead you through the Civil War torn-streets of this historic town. You’ll explore the sites of seventeenth century Newark as your guide brings to life the harsh reality of being an inhabitant at the time, from dodging cannonball fire to surviving the plague on a daily basis. Take in the cannonball-struck church of St Mary Magdalene, see Prince Rupert’s lodgings and discover the heart of Newark’s Civil War action, the stunning musket-peppered walls of Newark Castle. Adults: £5. Children: £3. Tours are primarily aimed at adults but children are welcome.


Newark Town TourSt Mary Magdalene Church

June 1st

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. Adults: £5. Children: £3. Tours are primarily aimed at adults but children are welcome.

Fun Dog Show at Thoresby Park

May 27th

A fun dog event with demonstrations, activities and have a go sessions as well as a fun dog show in the afternoon. Food and drinks stalls to keep you going, a doggy photo booth, face painting, dog accessories stands and pet advice stands! Everything your furry friend needs. Come along and join Thoresby Park for a funfulled day out for all the family. Why not take a long walk in Thoresby’s beautiful park after the event with your beloved four legged friend!


History Chapter Library Open Day at Southwell Minster

May 27th

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 to 3pm. There will also be a small themed display.


Nightjar Walk at Sherwood Forest

June 1st

Tonight we go in search of the mystical Nightjar also known in folk law as ‘the goat sucker’. Prepare to be amazed at the sound of a male bird ‘churring’ at dusk and with a bit of luck you will be treated to the sight of him displaying and defending his territory.



Previous Blog Posts 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


Combat Blue Monday in Newark & Sherwood, Jan 21, 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