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Family days out are back at National Civil War Centre

Posted onPosted on 8th May

One of Newark and Sherwood’s national attractions is opening its doors again for the first time this year from 19th May.

The National Civil War Centre is welcoming visitors back to discover how the world turned upside down for our 17th Century ancestors as well as exploring the history of Newark itself across two Newark Museum galleries.

The museum’s team, along with Newark and Sherwood District Council officers, worked hard last year to ensure that the family-friendly venue was fully Covid-secure and these measures have been maintained and updated to ensure the current guidelines are thoroughly fulfilled.

Established last July, a one-way route through the museum maximises the opportunity for social distancing. To allow for this, two galleries on the top floor have been temporarily closed and some hands-on interactives removed.

However, additional exhibits and information have been added alongside a new trail launched in 2020 that highlights some of the museum’s most fascinating objects as it guides visitors around the museum.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is a great chance to get out of the house and enjoy a brilliant day out in Newark’s town centre.

“With people now being able to visit from further afield and even stay overnight in hotels and B&Bs, hopefully this will encourage more visitors to come back to the area and discover all that is has to offer as well as inspiring our residents to make the most of what is available on their doorstep.”

To ensure social distancing, the museum is reopening with a maximum capacity in place. Entry will be by timed slots, which should preferably be booked in advance online at

Prospective visitors can find a video detailing the new museum experience at

Business manager for the National Civil War Centre, Carys Coulton-Jones, said: “Our team have worked really hard to put visitor safety as well as enjoyment together as top priorities and to ensure that we still offer a fantastic and fascinating experience.”

There are plans for the centre’s school holiday activities to return around half-term.

A museum trail themed around their Knit A Battlefield initiative is set to delight families from Saturday, 29th May to Sunday, 6th June. Children will be able to hunt for knitted soldiers hiding in object cases and complete a challenge sheet assembling their army to defend the town.