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Newark was transformed into a palace of fun opportunity over the weekend.

Everything from live music, making your own puppets and learning how to play the ukulele; to storytelling, painting and learning the basics of photography were explored by people of all ages across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Storytelling techniques through civil war objects with Adam Nightingale, learning and participation officer, as part of the Fun Palace event.
Storytelling techniques through civil war objects with Adam Nightingale, learning and participation officer, as part of the Fun Palace event.

The activity and entertainment-filled events were to encourage people to try new things and develop new skills as part of nationwide Fun Palace celebrations.

All activities across the town were free of charge, making it a low cost experience for families — but also promoting the very best of what Newark has to offer.

Learn to play chess and cribbage at LetsXcape. Left: Mark Gibson, Anthony Foxwell, joint owner of LetsXcape; Sonia Mullarkey, Jeff Mannering, Tina Gibson.
Learn to play chess and cribbage at LetsXcape. Left: Mark Gibson, Anthony Foxwell, joint owner of LetsXcape; Sonia Mullarkey, Jeff Mannering, Tina Gibson.

Among event locations were Newark Library (puppet making and knitting), the National Civil War Centre (storytelling, guitar lessons, free entry to museum), Newark Parish Church (singing workshop led by church director of music Stephen Bullamore), Secret Garden Studios (clay tile-making and abstract art class), Newark Market Place (music by Matty Haynes, meet the fire service), and The Buttermarket (learn the fundamentals of photography).

FROM left: Henry Day, 4, Jack Day, 6, and Grace Day, 2, at story time. (51888496)
FROM left: Henry Day, 4, Jack Day, 6, and Grace Day, 2, at story time. (51888496)

It was 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.

The three-day Newark Fun Palace event is among a series of days by Newark Creates, also set to include pop-up dance events and a twilight festival.

David Moore of Newark Art Gallery and Studio as part of the Fun Palace event.
David Moore of Newark Art Gallery and Studio as part of the Fun Palace event.

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.

Louisa Walters with Tilly Brogan, 1, of Newark, as part of the Fun Palace event.
Louisa Walters with Tilly Brogan, 1, of Newark, as part of the Fun Palace event.
Left: Mary Bowman and Pat Dunn, of Newark, with joint owner of LetsXcape Nigel Catt.
Left: Mary Bowman and Pat Dunn, of Newark, with joint owner of LetsXcape Nigel Catt.
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Sarah Twiner, of Newark.
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Sarah Twiner, of Newark.
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Donna Hall, learning participation officer.
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Donna Hall, learning participation officer.
Drawing events at National Civil War centre. Donna Hall - learning participation officer as part of the Fun Palace event. (51876385)
Drawing events at National Civil War centre. Donna Hall - learning participation officer as part of the Fun Palace event. (51876385)
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Sarah Clarke, learning participation manager.
Drawing events at National Civil War Centre. Sarah Clarke, learning participation manager.
Left: Denise Greany, learning officer at National Civil War Centre and Sarah Payler, of Newark.
Left: Denise Greany, learning officer at National Civil War Centre and Sarah Payler, of Newark.
Alan Ramsay of Inspire with Tristan-James Rennie 11, as part of the Fun Palace event at Newark Library.
Alan Ramsay of Inspire with Tristan-James Rennie 11, as part of the Fun Palace event at Newark Library.
Megan Willis, of Newark, with Imogen Willis, 2, and Angie Atmadjaja of The Hop Barn. Shadow Puppets as part of the Fun Palace event.
Megan Willis, of Newark, with Imogen Willis, 2, and Angie Atmadjaja of The Hop Barn. Shadow Puppets as part of the Fun Palace event.
Left: Luciann Scrimshaw, of Newark, with Fiona Theokritoff and Hollie Thorpe of Inspire, making macrame as part of the Fun Palace event.
Left: Luciann Scrimshaw, of Newark, with Fiona Theokritoff and Hollie Thorpe of Inspire, making macrame as part of the Fun Palace event.
MUSICIAN Matty Haynes playing in Newark Market Place. (51888475)
MUSICIAN Matty Haynes playing in Newark Market Place. (51888475)
LIZ GOULDING of Secret Garden Studios holding an abstract art class. (51888487)
LIZ GOULDING of Secret Garden Studios holding an abstract art class. (51888487)
ABSTRACT art class at Secret Garden Studios. (51888515)
ABSTRACT art class at Secret Garden Studios. (51888515)
MAKE your mark on a canvas at Secret Garden Studios. (51888490)
MAKE your mark on a canvas at Secret Garden Studios. (51888490)
POTTERY tile-making with Michelle Maloney at Secret Garden Studios. (51888493)
POTTERY tile-making with Michelle Maloney at Secret Garden Studios. (51888493)
POTTERY tile-making with Michelle Maloney at Secret Garden Studios. (51888507)
POTTERY tile-making with Michelle Maloney at Secret Garden Studios. (51888507)
SINGING workshop led by Newark Parish Church director of music Stephen Bullamore. (51888501)
SINGING workshop led by Newark Parish Church director of music Stephen Bullamore. (51888501)
SINGING workshop led by Newark Parish Church director of music Stephen Bullamore. (51888510)
SINGING workshop led by Newark Parish Church director of music Stephen Bullamore. (51888510)


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