Newark-upon-Trent and its surrounds are steeped in history, as is evidenced by the many historical and heritage sites that reflect the area’s role in the English National Civil Wars of 1642 to 1646 as well as other exciting eras. Many poets and writers have found inspiration in the historic town and its surrounding areas, once the home of the well-known poet Lord Byron.

Follow in their footsteps and let Newark and Sherwood inspire you in our poetry competition. Send us your original poems inspired by one of eight of the area’s historical landmarks and we will ask our social media audience to pick their favourites. The five poems with the most likes will be displayed at the National Civil War Centre, and the author of the poem with the most likes will win a fantastic heritage break in Newark. This includes:

  • One night’s B&B accommodation at Millgate B&B, an 18th century Georgian townhouse.
  • A £50 voucher towards an evening meal for two at The Ram Bar and Brasserie.
  • A river cruise along the Trent for two people with Newark Castle Line.
  • Two day passes to the National Civil War Centre.

How to enter

  1. Have a look at our Inspiration Board, which has eight photos of historical landmarks in Newark and surrounding areas. Pick the one that inspires you the most and write a poem encapsulating how it makes you feel, where it takes you or your thoughts about the events that might have taken place there – for more information on the landmarks, follow the links on the photographs or look around our website.
  2. The poem should be no more than 16 lines and can take any structure or rhyme that you like, (including no structure or rhyme at all). It can be serious or silly, anything goes!
  3. Email your poem to tourism.support@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or post it on our @visitnewarksherwood Facebook page between Monday 3 July and Thursday 31 August. Include the number and title of the photo you selected, as well as your name, address, email address and telephone number if entering by email. Entries by children under the age of 18 should be sent by an adult and include both the name of the entrant and the adult, as well as the adult’s relationship to the child. By entering you agree to the terms of the competition.
  4. Accepted entries will be shared across the Visit Newark and Sherwood social media platforms from 3 July to 8 September. Poems will be judged on the reaction of the audience – the top poems will be those that get the most likes across our Visit Newark and Sherwood social media accounts by Sunday 3 September.

Terms of the competition

The competition is open to all ages and nationalities living anywhere in the world.

Poems should be sent via email to tourism.support@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or posted on our @visitnewarksherwood Facebook page between Monday 3 July and Thursday 31 August 2017.

Entry closes at midnight British time on 31 August. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

If entering by email, entrants should send their name, address, telephone number and email address in the body of the email. The only information published will be the entrant’s name and the region in which they live.

For children under the age of 18, an adult must submit the entry on behalf of the child. In this instance, please include the name of the adult and relationship to the child entering the competition, as well as the entrant’s details.

This is a family-friendly competition. Any entries deemed to be offensive will be disqualified.

Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person.

No purchase or payment is required to enter.

Employees of Newark and Sherwood Council are not eligible to enter this competition.

By entering the competition, you agree to us publishing your poem, alongside your name and where you are from, across the Visit Newark and Sherwood social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, on the Newark and Sherwood District Council websites and on marketing and promotional materials. Entries will be published during and after the competition. You retain copyright of your entry.

The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube.

In compliance with data protection laws, we will not pass your details to any third parties and we will not use your details for any purposes other than this competition.

The winner will be the author of the poem that receives the most likes across our social media platforms from 3 July to 8 September 2017. The five poems with the most likes will be on display at the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

The winner will be contacted by email or telephone and the prize awarded within six weeks of the closing date for entry to the competition.

The winner’s name and the winning poem will be published on Newark and Sherwood District Council websites, social media platforms and marketing material, including PR to third parties.

There is a single prize that includes:

  • One night’s B&B accommodation at Millgate B&B, an 18th century Georgian townhouse.
  • A £50 voucher towards an evening meal for two at The Ram Bar and Brasserie.
  • A river cruise along the Trent for two people with Newark Castle Line.
  • Two day passes to the National Civil War Centre.

The prize components must be booked at least 4 weeks in advance and are subject to availability. It does not include travel to and from Newark. No cash alternative is available.

Where a prize is won by a person younger than 18, we reserve the right to award the prize to the prizewinner’s parent or guardian on behalf of the prizewinner.

This competition is run by Newark and Sherwood District Council, Kelham Hall, Kelham, Notts NG23 5QX. Telephone: 01636 650 000.

The prize

Millgate Bed and Breakfast

This is a grade II listed 18th Century Georgian Town House set in the Millgate conservation area, steeped in history and within walking distance of Newark’s Market Square, which is located in the heart of the town.

Hosts Chrissie and Steve endeavour to provide a warm and friendly welcome and wish to make your stay as comfortable as possible. A full English or Continental Breakfast is served, including locally sourced ingredients.

The room in which you’ll stay features an original French upholstered double bed, dressed with high quality bed linen, comfy pillows and individually crafted pocket sprung mattress. The en-suite shower room includes a large shower cubicle with rain shower, shaver point, complimentary toiletries and quality 100% cotton towels. Our rooms are equipped with flat screen TV’s with DVD player, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and Tea and coffee making facilities, with a selection of tea, coffee and mineral water.

www.millgatebandb.co.uk

The Ram Bar and Brasserie

The Ram has a colourful history of offering the perfect place for people to meet and enjoy good food and wine, right back to the 15th century when a coaching inn opened on the site where the current 18th century Georgian building stands. After years of standing empty, The Ram has been lovingly renovated and rejuvenated, restoring it to its former elegant Georgian glory, in the heart of the historic town of Newark, close to Newark Castle. The Bar & Brasserie has an air of Georgian coaching inn with a bespoke and elegant twist, serving a wide selection of drinks from real ales through to fine wines. The restaurant menu is mouth-wateringly tempting, offering choice for all diners on any occasion.

www.theramnewark.com

Newark Castle Line

A family-run business, Newark Castle Line has been providing public trips and parties sailing from Newark Castle since 1982. Join us onboard the Edwardian River Cruiser M.V Sonning for a wonderful cruise on the River Trent.

www.rivertrip.co.uk

The National Civil War Centre

A visit to The National Civil War Centre will plunge you deep into the heart of Britain’s deadliest conflict. Explore this richly dramatic era in British history, seeing stories of gunpowder, plague and plot as you walk through its fantastic galleries. Discover for yourself the clash between Roundhead and Royalist, brother and brother, and learn how a once all-powerful monarch lost his head to the axeman.

 With real objects, digital interactives, large screen cinema and costumes and armour for all to try, the National Civil War Centre makes a great day out.

The museum’s fantastic temporary exhibition, Shifting Sands: Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt will run until March 2018, offering an unrivalled chance to explore the life of this incredible character.

www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com