The May Day weekend in Newark and Sherwood is one to remember, as the area’s unique civil war (read more about this in a previous blog post) and earlier history come to life. It is a weekend of living history and re-enactments that involves the whole region.


Pikes and Plunder Festival Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival Newark Re-enactment

Central to this activity is the Pikes and Plunder Festival, which, now in its fourth year, takes place on 6 & 7 May 2018. Over 300 civil war re-enactors are expected to descend on Newark this year as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century.

The event is organised by the National Civil War Centre, in partnership with the English Civil War Society, and incorporates skirmishes, musket fire and a chance to meet the troops and inspect their camps. It takes place across Newark Castle, The Queen’s Sconce at Sconce and Devon Park, the market place, where there will also be a Caribbean Cook Out BBQ on Monday 7, and the National Civil War Centre itself.

A full itinerary of free events can be found here.


Sherwood Forest Living History Weekend

At Sherwood Forest, on 6 & 7 May you can step back even further in history to 15th century England and the time of the Wars of the Roses. The Sir John Savile’s Household Group is bringing along its Living History Camp, complete with medieval tents and a camp kitchen, and will be running demonstrations of medieval life and war fare. Visitors will be  able to walk among the townsfolk and travelling merchants, see the men and women of the camp go about their daily chores and watch the soldiers train with bills and bows!.

Have a look at our video below of photos from Sir John Savile’s Household to get a taste of what to expect from the weekend. The event is free and booking is not required. Keep an eye on the event website for more details.



Previous posts 2018

Newark Air Museum: 45 years open to the public, Apr 9, 2018


Cyclists welcome in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 26, 2018

A superior shopping experience in Newark and Sherwood, Mar 19, 2018

Music festivals for all tastes in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 13, 2018

Follow the Easter bunny to Newark & Sherwood, Mar 5, 2018


Have a wonderful wedding in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 27, 2018

If antiques are your thing, you will love Newark and its surrounds, Feb 19, 2018

Discover interesting outdoor skills in Newark and Sherwood, Feb 10, 2018

February half term fun in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 5, 2018


Preserving the coal mining past of Newark and Sherwood, Jan 29, 2018

Relive Civil War history in Newark and Sherwood, Jan 22, 2018

Experience the legacy of Newark and Sherwood’s great Dukes of old, Jan 15, 2018

Southwell holds some historic surprises for visitors, Jan 8, 2018

Follow the legends and tales of King John across Newark & Sherwood, Jan 2, 2018


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It’s festival time in Southwell – come and celebrate the Bramley Apple, Oct 9, 2017


Take your dog on holidays to Newark and Sherwood, Sept 27, 2017

Things to do at Halloween in Newark & Sherwood, Sept 12, 2017


Where to cycle in Newark and Sherwood, August 31, 2017

The Major Oak Woodland Festival at Sherwood Forest, August 20, 2017

Experience something new on holidays in Newark and Sherwood, August 9, 2017


Focus on Laxton – a living history village, with a national museum, July 28, 2017

Get nostalgic at Newark and Sherwood events, July 20, 2017

Where to take the kids for the summer holidays in Newark & Sherwood, July 12, 2017

Literary and poetry events in Newark and Southwell, July 3, 2017


Exciting new plans for Sherwood Forest, June 27, 2017

Visit Sherwood Forest and be prepared to want to stay, June 22,2017

Take your Dad to Newark for Fathers’ Day, June 12, 2017

Something for everyone at Newark Festival, June 1, 2017