Free weekend of activities and events for everyone in Newark


More than 40 free activities and events are coming to town, organized by the Newark Cultural Consortium.

The packed program of free events, activities and workshops will run from Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1 as Newark’s Fun Palace.

The national Fun Palaces campaign aims to share skills and celebrate culture between communities.

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Friday events are geared toward adults and include self-defense, creative writing, knitting, life drawing, how to fly a plane, and cake decorating.

Saturday will see events aimed at families and will include music, shows, dancing, circus skills and sports. On Saturday evening, people can enjoy a masterclass in cocktail making, belly dancing and more.

The Newark event was organized as part of Newark Creates, a three-year cultural program in the city’s Main Street Heritage Action Zone, led by the Newark Cultural Consortium which is run by Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

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Free Activities in Newark (59544735)

Councilor Rhona Holloway, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Visitors, said: “At a time when we know the rising cost of living is a huge concern.

“I’m thrilled to see these free events being held in Newark for District residents to come and enjoy. I’ve reviewed the program in detail and there really is a huge mix of events for everyone to enjoy. ‘imply !”

Carol Newman, Director of Culture at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, said, “I’m really excited about the variety of free events and activities happening in Newark.

“Things that will help in everyday life like plugging in a plug to unique experiences like making cocktails on the Palace Theater stage! The Newark Library and Buttermarket are just two venues hosting events and many more in the center -city too.”

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Free Activities in Newark (59544732)

The National Civil War Center and Palace Theater offer hands-on events including the chance to make seed bombs, decorate cakes, and have fun with microscopes, plus tips on how to explore your genealogy.

On Saturdays there is a party atmosphere with Scottish country dancing, the Newark Circus Club and carnival drumming during the day, with cocktail making on the theater stage, a DJ and belly dancing workshops on evening.

Other events at the site over the two days include Crafty Betty’s return to Newark with textile workshops, games and puzzles, Ninjutsu and the unveiling of the Knit A Battlefield exhibit created by volunteers in the part of a long-term project since 2020.

The Newark Library will offer crafts with the option to make a hand-stitched flower brooch or a paper airplane as well as music sessions where you can learn to play the ukulele and djembe.

There will also be fun with origami, macrame and puzzles which will also take place in the new Inspire venue at the Buttermarket. This location will also see balloon modeling workshops added to the roster on Saturday with ace magician Steve Nixon.

Newark College will offer its expertise to lead a variety of fantastic introductory sessions for attendees ages 16 and up. These range from creative writing to digital media to life drawing and they’ll even share the skills to fly an airplane, plug in a plug and write a resume, all while taking on the challenge of making math fun.

The Newark Art Gallery is also involved in a walk-in project over the two days to paint a continuous work on paper depicting Civil War sieges in Newark.

Children will be welcome with parents and anyone who attends can spend as little or as much time adding to the room with acrylic paints as they wish.

Most two-day events are walk-in, but some require pre-booking.


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