WIN a pair of tickets to Newark Festival 2016


Summer is in air and we’ve got a pair of tickets to this years Newark Festival up for grabs. Taking place on Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2016 in the heart of the town, the festival is now in its fifth year and promises to be as popular as ever.

Festival Lineup

Friday: Riverside Rocks

If you love Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys then you need to buy a ticket to the best party in town with The Bon Jovi Experience, The Four Fighters, The Fillers and Antarctic Monkeys who will be performing all their biggest hits.

Saturday: 80’s Night

Some of the era’s most popular names will be performing in this fabulous night that will have you singing and dancing until late. Tony Hadley, ABC, Banarama and Midge Ure will all be on the stage

Sunday: Free Family

Come along for a day of fun at the Riverside Park and across the town, promising plenty of entertainment, food and drink for all the family, followed by the evening’s ‘Swing In The Park’ Concert.


Make a weekend of it


The festival takes place in the centre of Newark, so you can easily take the opportunity to explore the historic market town. Famed for the key part it played in the English Civil War, there are lots of history and heritage spots to explore, including the UK’s National Civil War Centre which was opened in 2015 in to accompany Newark Castle.

download (10)If you need to take some time out from the crowds, Pureland Japanese Garden is just a short distance from the town centre. Pureland was recently featured in the Guardian’s Top Ten secret gardens in the UK.

Newark Air Museum is located on a former WW2 airfield with Newark and has over seventy different aircraft on display.

Just a short drive away, you’ll find nearby Minster Town of Southwell , where you can look around the iconic Cathedral, visit the National Trust’s Victorian Workhouse or wander round the bustling high street.

Places to stay

Newark has a great selection of accommodation to suit a short stay, including cosy bed and breakfasts or self-catered accommodation to easily drop in to during in breaks from the entertainment. For an authentic festival experience, Newark has caravan and camping sites situated nearby to the site, or for a luxurious retreat, try Kelham House Hotel  or Thorseby Hall Hotel and Spa.

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Festival going is hungry and thirsty work! Newark has lots of different restaurants and bars, many with fantastic views overlooking the canal and castle such as the quirky Gannet’s Cafe or The Castle Barge. Find full listings here.


Transport links

East Midlands Trains and Big Green Coach will be providing transport especially for the occasion. Find out more about the offer here. For further details on getting to and from Nottinghamshire, visit our travel page.


Ticket prices start at £15 for full-paying adults. Find out more info and how to book here.


Complete the form below by Wednesday 8th June to be in with a chance of winning two tickets for entry on Friday and Saturday. Full terms and conditions here.

Posted on 31 May 2016
Featured author: Jessie

Nottingham native and fan of all things music, arts and animal related.

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  • I am so proud and previleged to live in Notts, the summer months are so grand with so much to do and so little time to do it all thank you amd your team, I cannot always afford the things I would truly like to do or see but the beauty of all this is I do get a chance either on line or if I cannot get on line through the Arrow enter these competitions, I know i will win one at some point so good luck to me

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