Newark Book Festival is a literature Festival that takes place in July in a range of beautiful historic venues across Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire, including the Ballroom in the Town Hall, Buttermarket, Newark Palace Theatre, Newark Castle, River Cruises, Cafe’s, the Library, the Market Place and The National Civil War Centre.

From events for families to reading groups, author panels, walks, poetry, workshops and debates there is something for everyone to enjoy whilst exploring our wonderful venues, history and stories, not to mention taking time out to shop too!

The Festival is a not for profit organisation reliant on sponsorship, donations and grants to thrive and grow.  In addition to the core Festival, we run a Festival Friends membership scheme and event programme throughout the year, including our new digital events programme and a schools’ education literacy programme.

Each year we choose a different theme to explore and connect to, covering all genres, for all ages, the programme always celebrates Nottinghamshire’s literary and heritage stories.

The Festival includes both ticketed events and free events, alongside a Literature Village in Newark Market Place where you can pick up your Festival bag and browse antiquarian book stalls, meet authors, reading groups, writing groups, craft makers and literary bakes.

The festival also includes trails, poems, street theatre and crafts workshops for all the family. The festival will fire your imaginations, challenge and inspire you and present the very best in literature and the arts.

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If you would like to be kept up to date, sign up to become a Festival Friend, a stallholder or a volunteer drop us an email: hello@newarkbookfestival.org.uk or use our contact form.

To discover more about Newark and to book accommodation for your visit to the Festival, please visit www.visitnewark.co.uk

Want to learn about our story? Read our Synopsis here.

Dates for your diaries

  • 8-11th July 2021

The Festival Bookseller

Books are available for order and sale from our Festival bookseller, The Bookcase in Lowdham. Please do help us in supporting our local independent bookseller and keep an eye out for special Festival offers and signed editions.