Draw your own Secret Garden competition

Calling all young budding artists!

This year, Newark Book Festival is celebrating Landscapes in Literature and is hosting a special competition to see who can create the best secret garden.

In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story of The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox discovers a hidden garden whilst she is exploring the grounds at her Uncles house. Mary and her friends spend their days playing in the garden, getting to know the wildlife and helping the garden to grow.

On an A4 piece of paper, draw your own secret garden. What would it look like? What would be there for you to discover? It can be big or small, it can be filled with lots of colourful plants and flowers or it could be a gateway into one of you favourite storybooks, it could even be set on a different planet or in a zoo. We are looking for lots of fun ideas so you can let your imagination run wild.

There are two age groups (Under 6 and 7-13 years) and the winners will be awarded a beautiful prize at the Festival weekend (15th July) and their artwork will be displayed at The Secret Garden, 6 Stodman Street, Newark from Friday 6th July (competition entrants) to Saturday 21st July (Competition winners).

How to Enter: Rules

It is free to enter. Entries should be dropped off at Newark Library or at the Secret Garden Coffee Shop with the entrant’s name, age and a parent/Guardian or school contact number/email address labelled clearly on the back. The competition is open for entries from 2nd April – 1st June 2018. Please mark your entry for the attention of Newark Book Festival Garden Competition.

The festival will be selecting two winners from different age categories, with runners up (under 6 and 7-13).

Winners will be announced at the festival as part of the Sunday Extravaganza, they will be notified beforehand with Instructions for collecting your prize.

Terms and Conditions

Newark Book Festival does not accept responsibility for the return of any Entries, including those consisting of artistic or other material.

Claims for prizes must be made in the manner and within the time specified on the Competition Notice. Failure to claim a prize within this time or in the manner specified may result in the selection of an alternate winner.

Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to any third parties. Data relating to entrants will be retained by Newark Book Festival for a reasonable period after the Competition closes to assist Newark Book Festival to operate competitions in a consistent manner and to deal with any queries on the Competition.

The competition will be judged by Newark Book Festival, Newark Library and Secret Garden.