Pop Up Festivals

Newark Book Festival: Pop Up Festivals

We are delighted to continue to pop up across Newark and Sherwood this year following our 2022 summer and Christmas events.

John Connolly - The Land of Lost Things

John Connolly - The Land of Lost Things at Newark Library (NG24 1UW)

Wednesday 13th September 2023 at 7pm.

Twice upon a time — for that is how some stories should continue…

Join us to welcome John Connolly to a very special evening on Wednesday 13th September at Newark Library at 7pm.


Tickets are £6 each (£4 each for Festival Friends)


Broken Instruments and Violins of Hope at Cat Asylum Brewery (NG23 7NP)

Saturday 16th September at 7pm

Broken Instruments is a story of survival, made possible through the power of music. Through beautiful original songs and emotive storytelling, follow the recollections of musician, luthier, and Holocaust survivor Ari Vander.



Gainsborough Market

Gainsborough Farmers' and Craft Market

Saturday 9th September from 9am to 2pm

The Gainsborough Farmers and Craft Market will be a fun event this month with our usual fresh and local produce, craft traders and a vegan corner. Additionally, we have a Literature Village, Steampunk street theatre, storytelling, free crafts and entertainment for children.

Literature Village

We are delighted that the Newark Book Festival Literature Village will be ‘on tour’ outside of Nottinghamshire for the first time – over the border here in Lincolnshire.

Gainsborough Market Place will welcome the ‘stallies’ from Newark Literature Village with their market stalls dedicated to all things book related. We will have authors and poets promoting their work, book illustrators, writing groups, craft makers and book themed products.

We have a super dozen Literature Village traders with something for everyone: children’s and adult fiction, history, thriller, poetry. There will be storytelling on the Market Place and in the Library – the Musicians of Bremen and the Pied Piper of Hamlin will be brought alive in a new story format. (10 am in the Library and 11 am on the Market Place). Come and settle down on a beanbag in our pop-up story telling tent!

The Gainsborough Library and Gainsborough Heritage Centre will both have stalls and there will be free crafts for children from AllyPally the Storybook Emporium.

Learn More:
NBF Facebook Event Page
West Lindsey District Council Facebook Page
Visit Gainsborough Facebook Page
Lincolnshire Libraries Facebook Page


Currently we have series of events planned at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum. Find out more here.

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