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Heritage Open Days comes to Newark and Southwell

By Advertiser Reporter

A number of exciting events are to be hosted in Newark and Southwell, to celebrate the rich heritage of the two.

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 and is England's largest festival of history and culture, with around 5,000 events around the country.

Events will start on September 13 and will run until September 22.

Heritage Open Days to come to Newark and Sherwood (16165657)
Heritage Open Days to come to Newark and Sherwood (16165657)

Here is a breakdown of the Newark events.

Friday 13

Friends of Newark Town Hall Museum - 10:30am-3:30pm

Heritage Open Days to come to Newark and Sherwood (16165659)
Heritage Open Days to come to Newark and Sherwood (16165659)

Take a tour of Newark's fantastic town hall from guides in traditional Georgian dress. See everything from the mayor's parlour, ballroom and even the Victorian police cells.

This event will also run once more the day after.

Booking required: no

Sconce and Devon Park guided tour 2pm-4pm

Heritage Open Days comes to Newark and Southwell (16165771)
Heritage Open Days comes to Newark and Southwell (16165771)

Guided tours of this historic patch of green just outside the centre of town. Its history includes the Queen's Sconce from the civil war. There is a maximum of 20 people per tour. This event will also run at the same time the day after.

Booking required: no

Newark Cemetery Chapel Interpretation Centre 11am-1pm

Every wondered where your Newark ancestry may rest? Friends of Newark Cemetery will be available to help you locate graves dating back to 1856. The chapel itself will show a display titled 'Their Legacies Live On'! This display will feature some of Newark's most influential figures who helped shape the town we now know today.

Booking required: no

Newark Heritage Barge 11am-4pm

On-board the very last cargo barge built to fit the old locks of the Trent Navigation Company, there will be a display detailing life and work on the barge. Organisers have also developed a key-stage 2 learning pack, so this display is also family friendly. The barge can be accessed from Riverside Park near the castle.

This event will run from September 13-15, before taking a short break and commencing again on September 20-22.

Booking required: no

Saturday 14

Secrets of Newark Castle 10am-4pm

One of the most family friendly events on offer. See behind the locked gates of the castle where King John met his sticky fate.

Booking required: no

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church 9am-4pm

History of the church, as well as children's activities. This will run every day until Sunday 22, please note that both Sunday's will run from 8am-6pm. An family-friendly organ recital by Dr Stephen Bullamore, Director of Music, will take place every day from 11.30am-12.15pm.

Booking required: no

Civil War tour of Newark, including the Queens Sconce - 11am

Assistant Curator at the National Civil War Centre, Kevin Winter, will lead an extensive Civil War tour of the famous 'key to the north', as well as the Queen's Sconce where the tour will end. Tours will commence from the castle bandstand and will take place each Sunday with the tour on September 22 taking place at 2pm.

Booking required: no, but there is a maximum of 25 per tour.

Thursday 19

Newark Masonic Hall Museum opening 10am-2pm

As well as opportunities to see the temple, attendees will be treated to talks on the history of masonry in Newark. These talks will touch upon Newark's most notable Freemasons. This will also take place on September 21.

Booking required: no

Saturday 21

Saxons Underground 10am-4pm

Visit the country's National Civil War Centre to look at precious Saxon artefacts. These items will only be displayed for one day, so don't miss out! See treasures such as cremation urns, brooches and even some human remains as you come face to face with some of Newark's earliest settlers.

Booking required: no

Ancient Heritage Skills 10am-4pm

See ancient flints found at Farndon Fields archaeological site as well as replica flint and bone tools and replica ice age jewellery.

Booking required: no

Heritage Building Skills Demonstration and Participation 10am-4pm

Find out how a historic town's most precious buildings are kept in shape. This event — specially put on by Nottinghamshire Buildings Preservation Trust and Newark Civic Trust — will show you and give you the chance to get hands on with some of the skills involved.

Booking required: no

Sunday 22

A guided walk/talk around Newark’s timber framed heritage 11am

Local architect, Bernard Martin, will take you on a tour of Newark's timber framed buildings. Buildings featured are The Prince Rupert, The Queen's Head and The Governer's House, among a number of others. Pre-booking is required for this event and closes on 2nd September. The meeting place for this event is outside the Odeon cinema.

Booking required: yes

Behind the Scenes at the Palace Theatre 10am-4pm

Learn the history of one of Newark's best-known buildings and how it came into being at the wishes of local businesswoman, Emily Blagg. You can visit backstage and even try your hand at the technical side of theatre.

That's all for Newark, now take a look at Southwell's events.

Sunday 15

Brackenhurst Open Day 11am-4pm

See inside this beautiful Grade II listed country hall built in 1828, with grounds containing the famous original Bramley apple tree.

Booking required: no

Thursday 19

Southwell Cathedral 10am-4pm

Discover 1000 years of history with a cathredral that started life in Norman Britain. Tours last around an hour and tower tours are also available on both days on the hour from 11am - 3pm and cost £6 (£3 concessions).

The cathedral will also have evensong on each of the evenings at 5:30pm

Booking required: no

Saturday 21

Richard Ingleman, Southwell Architect 10pm-5pm

You can learn about alocal architect renowned for stonemasonry at the Old Courthouse in Southwell. The exhibition and display will contain examples of his work.

Booking required: no

Church Street Heritage Hop 11am

Get into the spirit of Georgian Britain with this tour around this striking residence.

The grounds will contain a display by Southwell Community Archaeology Group of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Vicars Court and Orchard Land Project’ from 4pm.

Booking required: to view the house, booking should be arrange beforehand.

The Workhouse 11am-5pm

One of Nottinghamshire's most infamous sites is hosting a 'festival of poetry' from September 8-22. Budding poets may find this interesting as the workhouse are even asking for contributions.

Home Farm Cottage Heritage Hop 11am-2pm

See the original structures of a medieval building. There is a maximum of 4 per session.

Booking required: no

Saracens Head Heritage Hop 11am-4pm

Period music from Sixteen Eighty Five while you see displays from Southwell Community Heritage Group in this building dating back to the 1400s.

Booking required: no


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