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Newark Castle set to host series of events, including re-enactments and falconry shows, to bring more visitors to the attraction

Newark Castle could become a hot bed for entertainment with sword-fighting, falconry shows and craft fairs to bring more visitors to the historic monument.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is the sole trustee of the Gilstrap charity, which has established a funding pot inviting funding applications for projects, events and initiatives that benefit the residents of Newark.

The National Civil War Centre has put forward applications to run three free events in 2022 with the working title of Newark Castle Comes to Life.

Newark Caslte Grounds. (4164180)
Newark Caslte Grounds. (4164180)

The aim of the project is to better promote the stories of Newark Castle.

These events will include live performances of drama and music, demonstrations such as sword-fighting and falconry, medieval re-enactors, castle tours, outdoor crafts such as willow weaving and wood turning and fun activities for people of all ages.

The expected events are on April 9 (medieval theme) August 19 and 20 (civil war theme) September 17 (Heritage Open Day theme ­— Astounding Inventions).

The application states: “Newark Castle is often seen by local residents as an attractive backdrop to photos or a place to walk the dog or eat a picnic.

“These events will enable a wide audience to learn more about the castle’s history and its place in the town, whilst enjoying a fun, active day out.

“Longer-term benefits include increased historical knowledge, an increased sense of pride in one’s local environment, and a greater number of local residents and tourists visiting the town centre.

“We hope to engage with these visitors to encourage them to get involved with further events and activities at the Castle in the coming years.”

In total, the three events would cost £5,930.

A meeting will be held at the council offices on Tuesday (January 11) to discuss the application for grant support.

It comes at a time when the council and other town organisations want to better promote Newark Castle to boost local tourism.

The castle was partly destroyed in 1646 after the English Civil War, and has stood on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years.

Last year the Newark Towns Fund Board, made up of private and public bodies and businesses. submitted the Newark Town Investment Plan.

This outlines 30 projects to span the next 30 years, including plans to regenerate the town centre, boost business and improve infrastructure. The government has announced that this plan has been accepted.

One of the projects is the castle gatehouse project to enhance the experience of Newark’s historical asset and transform the castle into a major attraction for residents and visitors.

It is expected to be signed off in March.

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