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Newark is a thriving market town located just off the A1 on the east side of Nottinghamshire. The historic and picturesque market town boasts many heritage attractions and activities along with a range of hotels and breakfasts for an overnight stay.
Famed for its role in the English Civil War, the main historic attraction in the town is Newark Castle. The castle was a Royalist stronghold but its key position on the banks of the River Trent meant that the castle has been severely damaged over the years. You can also take the Nottinghamshire Civil War trail which takes you to the key locations around the town of Newark as well as other sites in Nottinghamshire related to this turbulent chapter in our history. In addition a brand new Civil War Museum is set to open which will give visitors a unique insight into the conflict.
Another major attraction in Newark is the Newark International Antique and Collectors' Fair which takes place at Newark Showground. The fair is one of the largest in Europe and attracts traders from around the UK and further afield. The Showground in Newark is also host to the annual Nottinghamshire County Show, which promotes lots of local produce and entertainment.
Being a traditional market town, Newark Town Hall stands behind the market place and is open as a museum and art gallery between Monday and Saturday. As well as the markets in Newark, shoppers can also head to the Buttermarket for indoor shopping and well known high street brands. There are also plenty of antique and vintage shops dotted around the town which are perfect if you enjoy looking for treasures.
For aviation enthusiasts, Newark Air Museum is a must-see attraction. As well as having a wide range of aeroplanes to see (including a Vulcan, Buccaneer and Hawker), the museum hosts a wide range of events including open cockpit events. Or if you are looking for an evening of entertainment book tickets for a show at Newark Palace Theatre.
With so much history and heritage in Newark, there are plenty of things to see and do and the town is a great base for exploring nearby attractions, including Sherwood Forest and the historic town of Southwell.
From: Thursday, 1st January 2015
To: Saturday, 31st December 2016