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Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

This September, discover the hidden history and culture of Newark and Sherwood with our exciting events!


Experience the history of Newark with a Civil War tour around the town, or venture into the National Civil War Centre for two spotlight tours highlighting some of the fascinating objects on display. You can also discover the history of the Palace Theatre Newark, the Newark Heritage Barge’ Leicester Trader’ and the Newark Town Hall. Then, explore the town’s history with several town walks and go behind the scenes at our Resource Centre to uncover some of the 95,000 objects in our collection.

For more information about events taking place in Newark, visit the Heritage Open Days website.


In Southwell, go behind the scenes of the Dean of Southwell’s Georgian Residence and Garden and join one of the Southwell Minster’s knowledgeable guides as they show you around the world-renowned Chapter House.

For more information about events taking place in Southwell, visit the Heritage Open Days website.

Sherwood Forest

Join Thoresby Park for a celebration of food history covering over three hundred years, from the nobility to the farmers who provided the food. For more information, visit Thoresby Park’s event on the Heritage Open Day’s website.

Please remember to check the latest COVID-19 guidance before attending any event and contact the event organiser should you need any further information on the COVID-secure measures that will be put in place. Newark & Sherwood District Council is not in a position to confirm that the events advertised are Covid-19 Secure.