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Covid-19 Restrictions

Due to current restrictions many local events have had to be cancelled or postponed. Before attending please check with organisers via their website or social media, for up to date opening arrangements. When attending any event, please continue to follow social distancing guidance and be considerate of others.

Friday, 25th September 2020

Newark Market Place
25th to 27th September

Newark Book Festival

After a successful summer virtual Festival it is time for the next Chapter in the Newark Book Festival 2020 series! Chapter 3 takes place from 25th to 27th September, where we will bring a slice of our Literary stalls to Newark Market Place (Saturday & Sunday). A book or two purchased from our lovely independent businesses and authors will make such a difference this year. We are delighted to welcome Gold Star Guide Felicity Whittle to Newark. Best known for her book lover walks around Nottingham, Felicity will be introducing the Newark Literary Walk. In addition to this we will have four online events bringing a little book love to your home. These will run from the Friday evening and feature a workshop on self-publishing with Narrator Typesetters and Designers and our Saturday evening author event - A World of Discovery; SF, Horror and Fantasy Panel with Literary Agent John Jarrold and authors Adam Nevill and Andrew Bannister. On Sunday afternoon our virtual at home events welcome much loved Nottinghamshire author Cathy Bramley, in conversation with Rachael Lucas. And to finish the next chapter we welcome Newark-based writing group Fosseway Writers as they talk about their collaborative novels and how they have just produced a book of Gothic Short Stories together.

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Friday, 25th September 2020

Southwell Market Place
9am to noon

Macmillan on the Market

The traditional Macmillan coffee morning organised by the Pink Ladies and supported by the Rotary and Lions Club can't take place. However on Friday 25th Sept there will be a number of stalls on the market. Sadly no tea or coffee but lots of cake!

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Friday, 25th September 2020

7pm to 7.45pm

Online Launch

Five Leaves Bookshop is launching the new Pevsner Guide to the Buildings of Nottinghamshire this Friday, online at 7.00 The event is free but booking is required via email: events@fiveleaves.co.uk The author, Clare Hartwell will be in discussion with David Stewart, local historian and of the County's Deputy Lord-Lieutenants.

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Sunday, 27th September 2020

10am to 1pm

Bilsthorpe's Safari Boot Sale

A set of local mums have set about organising a social distance safari car boot sale. This will be around the village of Bilsthorpe for people to visit stalls to purchase items like they would in our regular coffee mornings.

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Friday, 2nd October 2020


Lions Quiz

As we may not be able to run our quiz in November, we are organising another one online. See link: https://www.southwell-lions.org/turn-the-corner-quiz.html Our question setters will again be wracking their brains to find topics where google won’t necessarily help. The Questions will be on our website at 7.30pm on 2nd October and people will have a couple of hours to put their answers together. We’ll post the answers on the website at around 9.45pm and trust entrants to mark their own sheets and just send us their score. The lead table will be uploaded over the weekend. It’s free to enter, but we’d appreciate any donations as we’ve no other fund raising activities but still have requests for financial help.

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Sunday, 4th October 2020

Southwell Minster

Harvest Festival

The season will culminate in a special Harvest Festival both online and in the Minster on 4th October. Please check the website for all details including essential online booking requirements for all services: www.southwellminster.org

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Saturday, 17th October 2020

10am to 4pm

Bramley Apple Festival

Plans are being made for a Bramley Apple Festival with a difference so that Southwell's world-famous cooking apple can still be celebrated in these unusual times. Instead of focusing most of the events on a single day the organisers are preparing for a week-long Festival which will enable the local community and visitors to the town to be socially distanced throughout the week leading up to Saturday 24th October. Attractions will include the popular shop window competition when traders throughout the town compete to create the most innovative apple-themed displays. "Other special events are being planned so that the Festival can involve the local community and organisations throughout the town, says Col Roger Merryweather, Festival Chairman. Full details will be revealed in this newspaper next month. Meanwhile for more details contact Southwell Tourist Information on 01636 816103 or visit www.southwellcouncil.com or www.visitsouthwell.co.uk.

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Sunday, 25th October 2020

BHI, Upton Hall

Fallback Show

The Museum of Timekeeping's annual Fallback show marks the occasion of the clocks going back for winter. More details to follow.

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Sunday, 8th November 2020


Remembrance Day

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