Newark Festival | Visit Nottinghamshire

Summer is almost upon us, and that means it’s festival season! Now in its eighth year, Newark Festival is back with a stellar line-up of stars. On Saturday 15 June, in the beautiful setting of Riverside Park, ticket holders will get to enjoy headline act Razorlight, along with Lightning Seeds and The Feeling.

The entertainment starts on Friday 14 June, enjoy a top DJ set from chart-topping duo, Sigma and performance from super-talented singer-songer, Becky Hill.

Sunday 16 June will see the return of the free Family Fun Day, complete with family activities and entertainment, and a fireworks finale set against the amazing backdrop of the historic Newark Castle.

Whether you’re in Newark for all three days of festival fun or just attending one of the days, we want to make sure that you’re well fed, watered and rested so have pulled together some of the very best pubs, restaurant and accommodation in the area for you to take advantage of during your stay. You can read more about this market town and its truly thrilling history by clicking here.

The Ram Newark | Visit Nottinghamshire

The Ram Bar & Brasserie is the perfect place for people to meet and enjoy good food and wine. It has a colourful history that dates right back to the 15th century when a coaching inn opened on the site where the current 18th century Georgian building stands. Hopefully the weekend of Newark Festival will see plenty of sunshine, meaning the Ram’s pizza oven in their gorgeous courtyard garden will be just what you’re in need of after a day of dancing in the sunshine.

Strays Collage | Visit Nottinghamshire

If you’re looking to unwind after all the excitement of the festival, we would most definitely recommend Stray’s Coffee Shop. This fabulous little coffee and book shop in the heart of Newark serves homemade breakfasts, lunches, snacks and tapas, plus mum's naughty but extremely nice homemade cakes, all to a wonderful jazz soundtrack. There’s also a vast selection of books for you to read at your leisure, so sit back, relax and enjoy a good book while tapping your foot to some jazz.

Fancy a refreshing cask ale? The Organ Grinder, a pub ran by Blue Monkey Brewery is the perfect place in Newark for you. They also do their very own gin for those who’d like an alternative to ales. A piano has pride of place in this pub, and if you’re feeling brave (and can play!), customers are welcome to play some music!

Carriages Newark | Visit Nottinghamshire

Before a day of awesome live music and no doubt some serious shapes being thrown, it might be a good idea to indulge in a proper breakfast. Customers at Carriages, a beautiful Victorian styled café and bar in Newark, can grab fresh breakfast rolls or porridge to go or take a seat in the elegant dining area. Here, you can enjoy a homemade full English or a delightful avocado mushroom stack. Carriages also offers a great lunchtime menu, which includes jacket potatoes, sandwiches and cakes.

Family-owned Gannets Day Café and Bistro is situated just opposite the historic Newark Castle and serves signature dishes freshly made using locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients. Gannets offers wonderful vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as a selection of daily specials including gluten free and dairy free lunches, cakes and puddings – there really is something for everyone!

Staying in Newark for a day or two before or after the festival and wondering what attractions are nearby? Visitors should check out Newark Town Hall Museum. Built in 1776 by John Carr of York, this Grade I-listed building is now recognised as one of the finest Georgian town halls in the country. Inside, you can enjoy an elegant Assembly Room, Mayor’s Parlour, civic treasures, a fine art gallery, ceramics and furniture.

Newark Air Museum | Visit Nottinghamshire

Another of the town’s great attractions is the Newark Air Museum. Located on a former World War II airfield, the museum is home to an impressive selection of Lancaster Bomber artefacts, aircraft restoration and open cockpits. There’s also a fab little café and brilliant shop so plenty to do and see when you visit.

Tickets for Newark Festival are still available, and you can find out more here. You’re guaranteed a great few days if you attend the festival, and an even better experience if you get out in Newark and explore the great cafés, restaurants and attractions!

This blog was written by Alex Broughton, Marketing & Communications Manager at Visit Nottinghamshire.


The Organ Grinder - Newark
The Organ Grinder - Newark

The Organ Grinder is a very traditional pub, it has won both the CAMRA Pub of the year and CAMRA Cider Pub of the year the last few years after reopening after the COVID restrictions.

Newark Air Museum
Newark Air Museum

One of the largest volunteer run aviation museums in the U.K, Newark Air Museum holds a diverse display of aviation artefacts and a collection of more than thirty aero engines.



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