Whilst you are enjoying your holiday to the EJC you might fancy a bit of off site exploring or adventure. We have put together a few suggestions for things that you might like to see and do.
Newark is the closest town but Southwell is not too far and is brimming with history. Local cities are Lincoln and Nottingham both filled with interesting sights and activities. If you want something more rural be sure to visit the Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre or Sherwood Pines for some off road cycling.
There are lots of lovely areas to visit in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Newark and the surrounding area have many interesting places to visit or to be entertained, all within easy access of the town centre and providing a diversity to suit all tastes.
Whether its exploring our vast history at museums or enjoying some retail therapy in a wide range of popular high street stores or local antique shops, there is plenty to see and do in Newark.
If you’re a keen cyclist or want to explore Newark and Sherwood on two wheels, you can check out the area’s cycle routes here.
Newark Air Museum
Just along the road from the Showground is the Newark Air Museum, it is literally next door so you will be able to walk to it.
The air museum is located on part of the former World War Two airfield of RAF Winthorpe, close to the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border. Aviation heritage has been at the centre of the historical site for more than forty five years. The aircraft, helicopters, aeroplanes, aero engines and aviation exhibits are sited partly on leased land next to the Newark Showground and owned land . Very little remains of the original wartime buildings and what remains of the original runways are no longer fit for use.
Newark Civil War Trail
If you are a history buff you might fancy a trip around the National Civil War Centre.
Find out all about this fascinating part of British history by using the interactive app.
The Civil War (1642-1646) had a significant impact on the residents and townscape of Newark. The National Civil War Trail (NCWT) will take you on a journey to explore the key sites around Newark such as Newark Castle and the Queen's Sconce. The app has been designed to allow you to experience the stories of local and national characters including King Charles I and John Twentyman (a local eye witness).
The stories are told through dramatic high quality film clips which can be viewed through a smartphone or tablet device when the content is triggered by Augmented Reality technology at each location (find out more about Augmented Reality below). A traditional paper version of the trail is also available from the National Civil War Centre and the trail can be followed in any order.
The app not only includes the Augmented Reality, it also contains an interactive timeline covering national and local events as well as an immersive 360 degree panoramic of Newark Castle during the Civil War and an addictive action packed game.
Just a twenty minute drive from the EJC is the picturesque town of Southwell, bursting with tradition and character, often referred to as ‘The jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown’.
Explore the magnificent Southwell Minster, with its unique pepperpot spires, then stroll along to the town’s centre to find a good selection of independent shops, friendly pubs selling traditional ales, cosy cafés and restaurants. On Saturdays the Market Square hosts a lively market.
Find out about The Bramley Apple, Lord Byron and King Charles I – all have celebrated connections with Southwell.
Follow the guided Heritage walks through the town and discover The Workhouse, owned by The National Trust or back a winner with a visit to Southwell Racecourse.
Lincoln is about twenty five minutes from the EJC: offering an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping, great arts and culture and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
The city is easily walkable for visitors with good mobility - the main shopping and tourist area stretches from St Marks Shopping centre in the south up to the Cathedral Quarter - known locally as 'Uphill’. Steep Hill, voted Britain's Great Street, connects 'downhill' and 'uphill' Lincoln. Yes, it is steep as its name suggests, but well worth the walk!
Give climbing a go at Lincolnshire’s largest climbing wall! At The Showroom Climbing Centre they offer over 100 routes in a variety of grades and styles to suit all abilities and ages. You can give climbing a go with friends, or complete different routes as a personal workout with our automatic belays.
Nottingham - Home of Robin Hood
Enjoy Nottingham this summer and discover one of the greenest cities in England, or just relax in the stunning countryside of Sherwood Forest, The Dukeries and the Vale of Belvoir.
A truly spectacular range of exciting, cultural, summer events will be taking place across the region and with a selection of special offers available - now is a truly fantastic time to visit Nottinghamshire.
Outlaw, visionary and bane of the establishment, everyone knows the tale of Nottingham's hero Robin Hood - who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
Robin Hood is one of the world’s best loved folk heroes, and Nottinghamshire is proud to be the motherland of this spirited outlaw. Uniting universal themes of adventure, altruism and rebellion, his adventures have been retold down the generations, from medieval ballads to Hollywood blockbusters.
With the majestic Sherwood Forest on our doorstop, and a rich history of rebellion to explore in the city, there is no better place to learn more about the man and legend.
Read on to discover all the must-see Robin Hood attractions in Nottinghamshire…
- Bring your adventure to life with the rustic Sherwood Forest Adventurer's Map. Created by the Jurys Inn, working in partnership with Sherwood Forest Trust, it is available to download to print off – perfect for turning kids into miniature explorers!
- In Nottingham, you can explore the city and its history with Robin Hood himself, on the Robin Hood Town Tour. Join expert of Nottinghamshire history Ezekial Bone on an adventure of the city and discover how simple ballads over 700 years old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told.
- Explore the beautiful woodland of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, including Robin's world-famous hideaway the ancient Major Oak
London is quite a long way away from Newark, however if you are feeling like a road trip its over 2 1/2 hours away by road and under 1 1/2 hours if you travel by train. It is our capital city and has lots of great places to visit, might be worth adding it to the start or end of the EJC!
Edinburgh & The Fringe
We have a wonderful event happening in Edinburgh each August called the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for 2019 the dates are 2-26th August. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August for three weeks the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.
With 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues in 2017 there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
You will be able to get a direct train from Newark Northgate straight to Edinburgh. Remember though to book your trains well in advance of the date you wish to travel. British rail prices are cheaper the earlier you book.