Visit Newark for the perfect short break or day trip destination

Get to the perfect getaway and day trip destination, heaped with history, entertainment and an abundance of things to do in less than an hour.

Home to stunning countryside, historic buildings, quaint shops, a castle, a river, weekly and daily markets, a civil war museum, and a tiny house only 6ft 9 inches wide, Newark on Trent is the new ‘go to’ day trip or short break destination for a change of scenery this Autumn.

Newark is fast becoming a favoured destination for couples and friends seeking out the perfect place for a “staycation” or even a day out. It boasts excellent transport links including two railway stations making it easily accessible from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Leicestershire, many times within the hour.

Newark has always been steeped in history, as well as having the great appeal of being located within a short distance from Sherwood Forest, home to the legendary Robin Hood. However, lately its appeal lies just as much in its modern eateries, trendy shops and charming B&Bs and  guest houses.

Who knew there’s a 900-year castle in town?

What is so great about the castle is it is in the centre of the town, overlooking the River Trent. It is within walking distance of both stations and for coming by car there are plenty of places to park.

If you’ve organised a group outing with friends and family, the gardens are a good meeting point. The castle, now an imposing ruin, has great views of the surrounding countryside and of Newark itself.

Who knew there are so many ways to get active in Newark?

If you are a lover of outdoor pursuits then there is no better place that Newark and surrounding areas to get your adrenaline pumping. From cycling, walking and climbing routes to outdoor activities including paintball, quad biking, archery and clay pigeon shooting, there is an activity to suit every adventurer. See: and and make an activity plan to remember.

Who knew it is market day nearly every day?

Other than Sundays and Tuesdays, the Newark Royal Market is buzzing with activity with stalls boasting everything from furniture to fresh cut flowers, depending on the day. It all happens in the picturesque marketplace with its cobbled stones and historic buildings. A good part of it is undercover too, so don’t let rainy days wash away your plans on coming here.

If antiques and collectables are your bag, then it has to be Mondays or Thursdays, with stalls selling local produce and general wares on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

There are some special events on other days too such as an Artisan and Craft Market on Sunday, 25th October 2020 or a Halloween Pumpkins Special Market on 31st October, 2020.

Who knew it all happens in a wine cellar?

Newark’s eateries have always attracted visitors, be it for tea and cakes on mismatched fine bone china to fine dining in a wine cellar.

Taylor’s Fine Dining has a private wine cellar dining room, which seats up to 12, ideal for small family or friend gatherings. This is available on request on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.

If it’s a good dollop of English tradition you are after, then try somewhere like the Old Bakery Tea Rooms. This Tudor timber-framed bakery, just off the Market Place is open most days and is where you should rest your wary feet, just off the Market Place. It still makes its own bread and cakes and is open every day other than Sunday.

For a short staycation or a day trip out with a friend or partner, Newark offers something for everyone. To find out about the abundance of things to do and see for your change of scenery this autumn visit:

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