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Innovative ways adopted so you can still enjoy Newark's premier attractions as part of Heritage Open Days




Each year, Heritage Open Days sees a number of historic attractions open their doors to the public.

This year the festival takes place from Friday, September 11, to Sunday, September 20, and, like most things in 2020, it’s a little different.

Newark Castle. (41337467)
Newark Castle. (41337467)

However, Newark’s heritage sites have adapted to offer something which can be enjoyed safely by all.

While it remains impossible to explore the interior rooms of Newark Castle with social distancing in place, the team there has developed an exciting way people to enjoy this monument from home.

A video tour will be released for the festival, giving you the chance to experience the heights and horrors of Newark Castle's 900-year history, from magnificent beginnings to a Civil War fall.

The Palace Theatre. (41337469)
The Palace Theatre. (41337469)

Viewers will uncover the secrets hidden within and beneath the picturesque curtain wall, all that remains of the Gateway to the North.

The castle grounds will be open as normal throughout the period and visitors are invited to watch the new video on their Facebook page (facebook.com/NewarkCastleNotts) before or after their visit to enhance their experience.

The Palace Theatre is also taking the opportunity to go online and give patrons a fascinating insight behind the scenes of this 100-year-old landmark.

A virtual glimpse backstage will feature terrific technical secrets and more about this beautiful theatre in its centenary year.

To watch the video, head to the Palace’s Facebook page during the festival at facebook.com/palacenewark

While the castle and Palace Theatre are taking an online approach to socially distanced experiences, the National Civil War Centre is ensuring visitor safety by holding its event outdoors.

The centre, on Appletongate, is opening up a hidden gem from its historic site and inviting visitors to come and see the secret Tudor garden.

The Tudor Courtyard (41337471)
The Tudor Courtyard (41337471)

Within the building’s stunning Tudor Courtyard lies a Herb Garden featuring traditional ingredients in 16th century remedies.

At this event, on Saturday 12th and 19th September from 10am to 3pm, visitors will be able to discover them and learn their uses and supposed properties.

To find out more about the event, visit the website nationalcivilwarcentre.com/visitus

Business manager for the three sites, Carys Coulton-Jones said: “It’s fantastic that the learning and operations teams from our stellar local heritage attractions have been able to adapt in these unusual circumstances and still provide a fantastic offer as part of this national event.

"Newark’s history is fascinating and these events really are an unmissable opportunity to engage with it further."

For details of all Heritage Open Days events taking place locally and online, go to heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting



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