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Family Arts Festival

Two young children with circus equipment, one with a twirling ribbon and one with a balancing set

This Easter Weekend, join the Open Doors team as they travel across the district with their first Family Arts Festival.

Across multiple venues in each location, you’ll be able to turn your hand to everything from learning circus skills to handling historical objects, having a go at musical instruments to contributing your artistic skills to a collaborative art piece and so much more. Journey into the past through virtual reality headsets or bring your little ones to Time Travel Tots or our Open Doors first birthday parties.

Not only are there activities for all ages but every single one of them is totally FREE for all participants. 

Dates and Locations

Young girl having her face painted with a purple butterfly

Activities will take place at Ollerton Football Club, Dukeries Leisure Centre and Lifespring Church on Saturday 30th March, Newark Buttermarket and Hawtonville Children’s Centre on Sunday 31st March and the Social Action Hub and Village Hall in Rainworth on Monday 1st April.

A colourful graffiti art design on a wall in Ollerton


Saturday 30th March - Ollerton

Ollerton Town FC - 12:00-15:00

Lifespring Church - 10:00-15:00

Dukeries Leisure Centre - 11:00-15:00


Sunday 31st March - Newark

Hawtonville Children’s Centre - 10:00-14:00

Buttermarket - 10:00-14:00


Monday 1st April - Rainworth

Social Action Hub - 10:00-15:00

Village Hall - 10:00-15:00


To keep up to date join our Facebook event on our National Civil War Centre's Facebook page.