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Family fun day in Newark Market Place and Newark Castle was bustling with joy and excitement




Many Newark residents had a staycation over the weekend after the town was transformed into a giant playground.

There were a host of activities on offer in Newark Castle and the Market Place on Sunday, which were bustling with fun and excitement.

The National Civil War Centre held a Historical It’s A Knock-Out in the morning at the castle and the afternoon in the market.

Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are Sianna Mulley, 7, Rosanne Coulter, 30, Shaniya Mulley, 8, of Meldrum Crescent, Newark. (50251025)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are Sianna Mulley, 7, Rosanne Coulter, 30, Shaniya Mulley, 8, of Meldrum Crescent, Newark. (50251025)

Visitors built a castle out of giant blocks, jousted on hobby horses, knocked the head off King Charles I and shot tennis balls from a cannon.

Newark Book Festival was helping to host a mini-market with other organisations where families browsed the stalls, visited a pop-up museum, had their faces painted and took part in some mini-beast crafts.

Children’s authors Troy Jenkinson and Sianna Stodd were in attendance.

Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263034)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263034)

Bonkers The Clown was around the Market Place, showing off skills like stilt walking, balloon modelling, unicycling and juggling.

People even got involved in some 'adventure yoga'.

The play day was organised by Newark Creates, a new initiative led by Newark Cultural Consortium to deliver activities across the town as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme.

“We’re so excited to kick-start our extremely exciting programme of activity over the next three years with this fantastic summer event,” said Carol Newman, director of culture at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries.

Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263072)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263072)

“It will be wonderful to see Newark’s streets bustling with colour and fun and offering a brilliant way for families to stay entertained close to home this year.”

This play day was the first in a series of days to include pop-up dance events, a twilight festival and a Fun Palace in October.

For more information on the event and to keep up to date with Newark Creates’ upcoming activities, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newarkcreatesuk.

Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263023)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263023)

The team are also looking for people to volunteer their skills at their October Fun Palace event. If you think you have something to offer, get in touch with Donna Hall at donna.hall@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk.

Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are L>R - Son Rhydian, 5, mum Tegan Williams, 28, & Daughter Rogue Fincham, 3, of St Mary's Gardens. (50251100)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are L>R - Son Rhydian, 5, mum Tegan Williams, 28, & Daughter Rogue Fincham, 3, of St Mary's Gardens. (50251100)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are daughter Paige Duplessis, 5, with mum Haylene Duplessis, 38, of Newark town centrre. (50251130)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are daughter Paige Duplessis, 5, with mum Haylene Duplessis, 38, of Newark town centrre. (50251130)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are L>R - Jenson, 4, Connor Cahill, 26, & Ellie Springett, 23, of John Pope Way, Newark. (50251040)
Events for children in Newark market place & Newark castle grounds as part of Newark Creates day. On the Newark & Sherwood Community Hub stall are L>R - Jenson, 4, Connor Cahill, 26, & Ellie Springett, 23, of John Pope Way, Newark. (50251040)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263075)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263075)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263080)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263080)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263084)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263084)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263092)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263092)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263011)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263011)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263027)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263027)
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Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263037)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263048)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263048)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263066)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263066)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263069)
Family fun day. Pictures: Newark and Sherwood District Council (50263069)


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