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Uncover secret stories of Newark Castle at Heritage Open Day event

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Newark Castle will be a hive of activity tomorrow (Saturday) for a Heritage Open Day and twilight event.

During the day, visitors will be able to uncover the secret stories of the castle, exploring the gatehouse tower, the debtors’ dungeon and other secret places usually closed to the public, all for free.

After seeing where King John died, there will be a chance to enjoy short performances from the monk who tried to cure him of his ‘surfeit of peaches’, every hour on the hour from 11am until 3pm.

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

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “We are so lucky here in Newark to have such a remarkable historic building as Newark Castle right on our doorstep. Opportunities to discover more about its past and to explore its fascinating unseen spaces should be seized and this is a great chance to do so for local people.”

Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences of the day, recording short videos and sending them to newarkcastle@nsdc.info to be used in a new film, Stories Of Newark Castle.

Together At Twilight is a heritage and food themed evening from 4pm to 7pm.

It includes an array of stalls, roving street theatre with the Cake Ladies and performances from Jukebox at 5pm and the Muskham Players at 6pm.

The event will also see the launch of a new Heritage Town Trail marking the 50th anniversary of Newark Ramblers.

Carol Newman, director of culture at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, the lead partner in the Consortium, said: “We were delighted to see so many families in the town enjoying our Family Play Day and Pop-Up Dance events last month so we’re excited to continue building our activity and finding new ways to get local people engaging with culture and heritage. Using the Castle grounds is a great way to celebrate this and it will be fantastic to see this much-loved landmark bustling for an evening of fun.”

To find out more about Heritage Open Days, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk and for more on Newark Creates, including the latest programme for Together at Twilight, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewarkCreatesUK

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