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Who is performing and where?


The festival kicks off on Friday 25th August with a family focused day of FREE events including a main stage in the Market Place featuring the best young performers from across the county.


Saturday sees a free entry multi genre music festival over multiple stages, with street art, food, and entertainment galore throughout the town.


Sunday see’s the ever popular Concert in the Castle with an amazing line-up of 80s music icons, featuring Nik Kershaw, Johnny Hates Jazz, Toyah & T’Pau


Monday 28th it’s the Annual Brass Explosion & family fun day in the Castle Grounds with a fantastic programme of FREE entertainment, culminating with a spectacular fireworks finale.

A full listing of venues, artists and timings can be found on the line-up page on the website, or the brochure available to download from the website. Copies are also available from various business in Newark.

Please note that all timings are subject to change and should be used as a guide only.

Do I need to book tickets or pre-register for any of the events?

On Sunday 27th August, Nik Kershaw, Johnny Hates Jazz, Toyah & T'Pau will be performing in the Castle Grounds. This is a ticketed event.

Tickets for Concert in the Castle     can be purchased in advance online from any of the following approved ticket agents;


Please note that we cannot refund or exchange your ticket unless this event is cancelled or postponed.

All other events across the bank holiday weekend are free and do not require pre-booking or pre-registering. All you need to do is turn up and get involved!


Accessible Access

Accessible tickets are available and will be issued on a first   come, first served basis. A copy of our accessible ticketing policy is available on request by emailing

Accessible tickets for Newark Festival are available to purchase from the festival website via

It is our intention that our events are fully accessible for all. If you have any specific requirements with regard to accessible provision, then please contact us and where possible we will make all reasonable adjustments.


Ticket Information

All tickets for  Concert in the Castle    are e-tickets - please ensure you have checked your junk mail or SPAM folder if you can't see your tickets. If you have not received your tickets, please contact the ticket agent you purchased your tickets from.

  • Tickets will be available to purchase on the door from the box office.

  • Ticket upgrades will also be available should you wish to upgrade from GA to Gold Circle.

  • We cannot guarantee the validity of any tickets purchased via a resale site, and therefore you may be refused entry.

What time do gates open for Concer in the Castle?

Gates will open at 4:30pm and will remain open for entry throughout the evening. The approximate finish time is 10.30pm. Timings are always subject to change.

What time does the box office open on Sunday?

The Box Office opens at 2:30pm and will close around 9.30pm. If any tickets remain on the day of the concert, these will be available to purchase from the box office – subject to availability.


Parking & Transport

There is no on-site parking – Newark has a number of pay and display car parks, more information can be found here -


The closest train station is Newark Castle. Please double check train timings (particularly on a return journey) as the last trains back to Lincoln and Nottingham may be before the festival ends. Newark Castle Station is a 6 minute walk from the Castle Grounds and only a 10 minute walk to the Market Place.


Food and Drink

The event bars in the Market Square and in the Castle Grounds will be operating on cash and card basis.

Anyone who appears to be under 25 will be asked to present a valid form of ID when purchasing alcohol.


For Concert in the Castle grounds;

  • No food and drink can be brought into the concert - (a doctor’s note will permit food/drink required for medical conditions).

  • No bottles, cans or cardboard container drinks are allowed on the festival site – but don’t worry; there are plenty of options and you will find something for all tastes to enjoy and there will be free water available in cups from the event bars.


Can I bring a chair into the Castle Grounds?

Foldable camping style chairs are permitted into the Castle Grounds for both Concert in the Castle    and for Brass Explosion.

Is there anything else I need to know about  Concert in the Castle

  • When you arrive at the Castle Grounds there will be a ticket check and searches will be in operation at this event.

  • No food and drink can be brought into the venue - (a doctor’s note will permit food/drink required for medical conditions). There will be a selection of venders on site to suit most dietary requirements

  • Sealed bottles of water up to 500ml, or empty plastic or reusable bottles are permitted and cups of water are available at bars free of charge.

  • Strictly no glass is allowed in the Castle Grounds – this includes aftershave and perfume bottles.

  • Umbrellas are permitted, but must be taken down during the show.

  • No dogs are permitted, except assistance dogs.

  • No professional cameras, video cameras or audio recording devices.

  • All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Pyrotechnics, lasers, smoke machines, strobe lighting or other special effects may take place during the performance

  • Please do bring a smile and your dancing shoes!

  • On Bank Holiday Monday, during the Brass Explosion concert there will be a fireworks display at approximately 21:55

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