Friday, 10th July 2020

Newark Book Festival

Thanks to our funders, supporters, Friends and the Festival Board, Newark Book Festival will be going ahead in 2020 although with a big twist! The Festival will be re-created and split into five chapters that will take place between 10th July to 27th February 2021. The programme will continue to celebrate anniversaries and milestones such as 100 years of Agatha Christie. Chapter One will take place from 10th-12th July and will feature a virtual online Festival of our main author events, headliners, storytime and a workshop, in addition to hopefully hosting an in person small writing for wellbeing workshop with the Festival’s 2020 Writer in Residence Leanne Moden. Highlights include a panel discussing Bronte 200, historical fiction, gothic fiction and the fabulous author of The Burning Chambers Kate Mosse.

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Wednesday, 15th July 2020

National Civil War Centre, Newark
10am to 3pm

National Civil War Centre Re-opens!

MORE than 100 days after closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum is getting ready to open them again! From Wednesday 15 July, this national attraction will once again be offering a fascinating insight into this significant time in British history, as well as Newark’s past. The Centre will re-open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 3pm. Until 31 August 2020, entry to the National Civil War Centre will be free to Newark and Sherwood District Council residents and half price for all other visitors. Car parking, in District Council owned car parks, continues to be free for up to two hours until the end of August 2020. Changes have been made to create a one-way route through the museum. To allow for this, two galleries on the top floor have been temporarily closed and some interactive exhibits removed. However, additional exhibits and information have been added alongside a brand new trail that highlights some of the museum’s most fascinating objects as it guides visitors around the museum. Entry will be by timed slots and visitors are being encouraged to book these in advance online at Hand sanitiser stations, alongside themed Civil War trivia, are spaced throughout the building. The museum will undergo a daily deep clean as well as hourly cleans throughout the day.

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Tuesday, 28th July 2020


Planning for the Future

Reach has partnered with Actons Solicitors to offer a free online session tailored to family carers of people with care and support needs. The session covers important topics that need to be considered when planning for the future. Topics will include: The importance of making a Will; The importance of making a Lasting Power of Attorney; Setting up a Trust

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Sunday, 9th August 2020

Southwell Minster

Plant Hunters Fair


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Wednesday, 26th August 2020


Southwell Music Festival 2020

The Board of the Southwell Music Festival has cancelled this year’s Festival, in the light of the evolving situation caused by the Covid-19 virus. Festival Chairman, Geoffrey Bond said: “This is a decision taken with the greatest regret though in these extraordinary and gravely uncertain times we are sure it will come as no surprise and will be well understood. At the same time I am confident that when the Festival returns in 2021 it will do so renewed and reinvigorated. I’d like to record the Board’s immense appreciation of all the work done so far to prepare for this year’s Festival which will be carried forward to prepare for the Festival’s return next year. Inevitably some expenses have already been incurred in preparing for the Festival and we would be most grateful for the public’s support to ensure that we keep the Festival on an even financial keel. Visit to view a video message from our Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth where you can also make a donation.”

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