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Newark full of of fun opportunities this weekend as part of nationwide Fun Palace celebrations




Newark will be full of opportunities to try new things and develop new skills this weekend as part of nationwide Fun Palace celebrations.

The event, taking place from Friday, October 1, to Sunday, October 3, will see local people, organisations and businesses offer free activities at venues throughout the town.

It has been organised as part of an ongoing cultural programme called Newark Creates, developed as part of Newark High Street Heritage Action Zone and delivered by the Newark Cultural Consortium.

Fun Palace 2021 illustration by Emily Medley. (51641096)
Fun Palace 2021 illustration by Emily Medley. (51641096)

Carol Newman, director of culture at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, the lead partner in the Consortium, said: “The idea of Fun Palaces is to celebrate and share the amazing skills within local communities.

“Just a glance at the programme that’s been put together for this event shows how lucky we are to have such an abundance of enormously talented people in Newark and hopefully this weekend will inspire many others to get creative and join in the exciting range of free and fun activities available.”

Friday

9am — Make a shadow puppet and perform your own play in our shadow puppet theatre. All day in Newark Library. (Also Saturday).

National Civil War Centre's Von Goosechaser. (51641080)
National Civil War Centre's Von Goosechaser. (51641080)

9am — Access online sewing and crafting classes from Craft Betty at www.craftybetty.org/online-classes (Also Saturday and Sunday).

10am — Make and take giant macrame. 10am to 1pm in Newark Library. (Also Saturday).

10am — Knit a battlefield. Knit and natter while you create a knitted soldier or field with Denise from the National Civil War Centre. In a cosy corner at Newark Library from 10am to 12pm. (Also Saturday).

10am — Some weird and quirky objects are being brought out of the Newark Museum stores for this special Fun Palace drawing event. Brush up your observational drawing skills from 10am to 3pm in the National Civil War Centre. (Also Saturday).

10am — The National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum is open with free entry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Last museum entry at 2pm. Learn to order to your food in another language in the café, and play traditional games in the courtyard.

10am — Drawing and painting activities for the whole family, all day at Newark Art on Kirkgate. Closes at 4pm. (Also Saturday and Sunday).

10am — Learn to play cribbage and chess while you enjoy a rest at LetsXcape, in the pleasant surroundings of Newark Market Place. Open until 2pm. (Also Saturday and Sunday, open until 5pm).

10.30am — Learn to tell stories like a pro, with object-inspired storytelling from Adam Nightingale (actor and raconteur). One hour, no need to book but turn up early to avoid disappointment. (Also Saturday).

1.30pm — Learn to tell stories like a pro, with object-inspired storytelling from Adam Nightingale (actor and raconteur). One hour - no need to book but turn up early to avoid disappointment. At the National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum. (Also Saturday).

Another fun day as part of Newark Creates saw people learn adventure yoga. (51641070)
Another fun day as part of Newark Creates saw people learn adventure yoga. (51641070)

Saturday

10am — Secret Garden Newark, which offers classes in writing, painting and ceramics, interactive taster sessions. Meet the artists and see their studios and garden. Painting; make your mark by adding to a collective canvas painting. Pottery; leave an impression by creating a textured tile which will be laid in the secret garden. Writing; have your say and add your twist to tales from the Secret Garden. 10am to 2.30pm at Secret Garden Studios on Stodman Street.

11am — Group guitar taster session with Adam Schofield from Riverside Music. Ages 12 plus. Join in at the National Civil War Centre. No need to book but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

11am — Join a singing workshop for seven to 12 year olds in Newark Parish Church. Supported by members of the famous church choir and led by church director of music Stephen Bullamore, you will learn some exciting new songs, mainly about various animals. 11am to 11.45am.

12.15pm — Group ukelele taster session with Adam Schofield from Riverside Music. Ages 12 plus. Join in at the National Civil War Centre. No need to book but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

1pm — Join Neil McCarthy at Newark Library for drumming, stories and songs from around the world. A chance to enjoy, learn and take part. Suits all ages. 1pm to 3pm.

Newark Market Place. (18368977)
Newark Market Place. (18368977)

Sunday

10am — Learn the fundamentals of posing for photos, selecting backgrounds, optimising lighting and much more. You can also pose for a free portrait using studio equipment in the Buttermarket. With photographer Andy Haughton until 4pm.

10am — Meet Nottinghamshire Fire Service in Newark Market Place. Visit a fire engine and find out how to keep you and your home safe and well.

10am — Events in Newark Castle.

1pm — Join Neil McCarthy in Newark Market for drumming, stories and songs from around the world. Suits all ages. 1pm to 3pm.

1.30pm — Have a go at Ninjitsu with expert Kiyth Footit at the National Civil War Centre until 3pm.

The National Civil War Centre.
The National Civil War Centre.

With more events happening across the market place and Newark Castle throughout the three days, Newark’s Fun Palace is set to make the town a not-to-miss destination this weekend.

Find more information as well as the latest schedule at facebook.com/NewarkCreatesUK and discover more about Fun Palaces at funpalaces.co.uk.



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