Safe summer fun!

This year has been a little topsy-turvy hasn’t it? We hope you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well.

We can’t quite believe it’s August already but more importantly, that for some of you, it’s the summer holidays! Our summer might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun!

So today, we thought we’d put together a quick list of fun things that you can enjoy this summer with your loved ones.

We just want to quickly remind you that this list isn’t exhaustive and that if you are planning on visiting any of the attractions listed below, please check their opening and safety arrangements before making your way to them! Additionally from the 8th August you will have to wear masks in museum, galleries, and cinemas.

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National Civil War Centre

The National Civil War Centre is open, Wednesdays – Saturdays from 10am – 3pm, for you to enjoy! At this museum, you can discover the history of the English Civil War, set in the context of the town of Newark – a Royalist stronghold at the centre of the conflict. There have been a few changes to make sure you are all safe whilst visiting this brilliant museum, including a new one-way system, hand sanitising stations and bookable timed slots. They’ve also introduced a new and exciting family-friendly trail around the museum which highlights some of the star objects currently housed in the museum.

Additionally, if visit before the 31st August and you are a Newark and Sherwood District Council resident entry is FREE, and if you are visiting from further afield, HALF PRICE. To sweeten the deal even further all parking in Newark and Sherwood District Council Car Parks is free for the first 2 hours.

Newark Castle and Gardens

The grounds of Newark Castle are open 7 days a week, 9.30am – 7.30pm for you to explore. Whilst the rooms in the Castle itself remain closed you can still discover the extraordinary history of this castle with the information boards dotted around the site. Additionally, you can have a wander around the award-winning gardens, enjoy a peaceful walk along the riverside and maybe even have a lovely picnic in the summer sunshine!


If you have children that are a little bit older, more adventurous or who devoured puzzle after puzzle in lockdown then the LetsXcape escape rooms are perfect for you! Located in Kelham Hall, household units can take on these brilliant escape rooms and either save the area from an oil explosion with the The Rig or uncover the mystery of the missing acolyte in Sacred.

Newark Air Museum

At Newark Air Museum you can experience a wealth of aviation history with their brilliant exhibitions and amazing collection of aircrafts and cockpits. The museum, shop and café are open for you to enjoy from 10am – 4pm and there will be one-way systems in place for you to enjoy the museum safely.


Southwell Trails

Southwell is a beautiful, picturesque town with stunning scenery, so why not explore the ‘Jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown’ with one of the various trails in and around Southwell? Different abilities and ages were thought about when creating these trails, so we know you’ll be able to find one suitable for you and your family. And now with the cafes and shops open, you can enjoy a little wander around town before or after your trail.

Sherwood Forest

Statue of Robin Hood in Sherwood ForestRSPB Sherwood Forest

This summer why not explore the beautiful ancient woodland at Sherwood Forest? Whilst the Visitor Centre remains closed, you can still discover the legends, wildlife and history that make this forest special. We’d recommend having a look at some of their trails on their website, all varying in distance, they are the perfect way to explore the forest. You can also grab a bite to eat from the catering van, located at the amphitheatre.

Sherwood Pines

If you’d like a more adventurous day out, head to Sherwood Pines. Grab your comfy walking boots, or attach your bike to the back of your car (or hire a bike there at the Bike Hire shop) and head to this section of the forest to experience a high action day out. Additionally you can explore the very tops of the treetops at Go Ape which is located on the site.

Rufford Abbey Country Park

This stunning Country Park is great for all the family, with lovely walks around the lake, an Adventure Play Area for the little ones and Crazy Golf for those a little older. Open from 10am – 4pm, there is a one-way system in operation around the lake and you can grab a bite to eat at the Coach House café or the Saville restaurant.

Thoresby Park

Thoresby Park is a beautiful spot for a day out. With acres of unspoilt, beautiful countryside it’s a top spot to spend an hour to two in the fresh air, letting your hair down and connecting with nature. You can take their circular walk of the estate, or get off the beaten track and follow one of their trails. Their lovely lawns are available for you to play on and perhaps have a picnic in the summer sunshine. Additionally their shops and café are open if you want to have a spot of retail therapy or a bite to eat.

We hope you all have a lovely, but safe summer. Please remember to check the opening and safety arrangements of any attraction before visiting and have a look at our websites for more inspiration on what you can get up to this summer.