From the 13th to 15th July the Newark Book Festival programme will be bigger and more exciting than ever. With the chosen theme for 2018 being Literary Landscapes, the festival will be bringing books to life across the streets, cafes and venues of Newark. There is something for everyone!

Join The Vikings at the annual funday on Saturday 23rd June, 12noon to 4pm on the Burgage in Southwell.

Southwell Minster and The Archbishop's Palace's magical summer of outdoor theatre continues on Friday 20th July with Romeo & Juliet.

Free concerts and extra performances mean that there is even more chance for local people to enjoy the classical Southwell Music Festival taking place over the August Bank Holiday (22nd to 27th August).

Cyclists taking part in this year's Reach Off Road are in for a treat. Sweets of Southwell will be holding a refreshment stall where they will hand out sweets for participants as they cycle past.

Lowdham Book Festival is now in its 19th year and runs from 19th to 30th June 2018.

The response to the recent appeal for host families to look after children from Belarus who live in the area of Chernobyl was fantastic. Unfortunately two families have now had to withdraw their assistance due to personal circumstances.

Southwell City Football Club has revealed an ambitious plan to upgrade and improve facilities for football in the town and is looking for sponsors to help fund the ambitious three year project.

Southwell's Saturday Market, a popular fixture for many years, offers residents and visitors much of their weekly shopping needs. Now, there are plans to introduce specialist Sunday Markets.

An opportunity to discover a thousand years of history of Southwell Minster and the Archbishop's Palace - from Saxon times to the modern day – will begin over the Easter Bank Holiday, and continue on special Open Days throughout the year.

Experience a fabulous family day out this spring at Nottinghamshire County Show. With plenty going on both inside and out, visitors will enjoy watching the best cattle, sheep, goats and pigs alongside superb equine events, including majestic 'heavies' and first-class showjumping.

A new bar, launched this week (22 March) is set to be a showcase for Nottingham's thriving brewing scene.

The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes and we are becoming increasingly aware of the damage this has on our environment.

Southwell Garden Club is delighted to announce that the guest lecturer for 2018 will be Charles Dowding.

One of America's most successful singer-songwriters, Gretchen Peters, will be one of the headline acts at this year's Gate To Southwell Festival this June (7th to 11th).

After the huge success of The Nottingham Cook Book, Meze Publishing are thrilled to announce that they have launched second helpings!

Flower Pod, part of Reach Learning Disability are very excited to announce that Christine Walkden will be hosting a lecture at NTU in March, in aid of Flower Pod. Christine is well known for her helpful (and sometimes outspoken) guidance on Gardeners' Question Time, for a wide range of TV programmes (e.g. Christine's Garden, Gardens from the Air) and for her frequent contributions to The One Show.

Every summer, Chernobyl Children's Lifeline helps different children from Belarus who live in the area that suffered from the nuclear disaster. The charity provides a respite from the continued strain of living in that environment. This year, the children will be visiting the local area from Saturday 28th July, returning home on Saturday 18th August.

In what was a fantastic end to a successful year, Reach raised an amazing £27,120 for their Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal, Not Lonely this Christmas!

Following on from their award winning production of Billy Elliot last year, over 70 students and staff from the Minster School have been working incredibly hard since September to prepare for their school production of Into The Woods, under the direction of Mrs Chapman.

When Julie Squires started volunteering at Flower Pod a year ago, little did she think that she would be designing new products for them to sell! But Julie has come up with the idea of a gardener's gift trug, containing items made or grown in Flower Pod's garden. The proceeds will go to Flower Pod and help fund Reach Learning Disability's work with adults with learning disabilities across Nottinghamshire.