Things to do in the Area

Castle & Bandstand in Newark

 Below are just a few ideas of things to do in the area to make your stay even more memorable and interesting!  The Castle is a prominent landmark steeped in History and the Bandstand hosts many musical events for all tastes - Jazz to Classical, Blues to Rock



The famous & curious King Charles Tea rooms

Bridge House is just a walk away from the historic centre of Newark which has a Castle, museums,  period buildings, a fine market square, antique shops and centres, cafes, restaurants and a host of pubs. Newark is also an important town for historic events such as the Civil War.  Newark has the only English Civil War Expo/Museum in the Uk and has lots of interactive features for those wishing to delve in our Nations History.  There is also a Civil War  smartphone app which provides  a guide for a journey through important places & events in the town's historis past.

The River at Newark

The River Trent also runs through Newark and has lovely riverside walks and Boat trips ( some with Jazz bands, bars etc), are a regular feature during the summer season.

The Newark Showground at Winthorpe is just over a mile away and this hosts many shows and exhibitions. These include events such as the bi monthly  International Antiques fairs, tractor fair, County fair.  Visit their website for an up to date calender of events  - see links page. The Arthur Swallow Antique Fairs are held every two months, just before the Newark antiques Fair, a few miles away in Lincoln.,  Why not come for the week and go to both of these large international events.
Within 6 miles you will find such delights as The Southwell Minster, Southwell races (horse), National trust Workhouse, Watch & Clock Museum, Ferry Farm (where you can find rare breeds, children’s adventure course and eatery), Trent River and locks and a host of lovely villages with smashing pubs.
Within a 20 minute drive you will find caves, parks, abbeys, Greyhound and Horse racing stadiums, the Robin Hood centre and a host of interesting buildings and places. Lincoln is a short drive or rail journey - Lovely city with its Famous Cathedral, Castle, Balegate area and lovely shops.
Things to Do:
Within 2 miles you will find Golf Courses, horse riding and equestrian centres, go-Carting, and places to fish, walk, cycle, or just  to roam & explore.
Within 30 minutes there are places to International Go-cart circuit, shooting, quad bikes, climbing, paintball, assault courses, aerial assault course (Go Ape), ice skating, water sports such as wild water canoeing, rafting, sailing, skiing, off road cycling etc. etc. If you are the active type there’s plenty to challenge, excite and wear you out! If a bit more serene try the river trips or ghost walks – the possibilities are almost endless!
Whatever your desires you are sure to find something to entertain in the area. If you like bingo, quizzes or pub games you will find them in many fine local pubs. Perhaps a night at a cinema, bowling alley, indoor bowls, theatre, concert hall or one of the many bingo halls, is more your cup of tea. There are often top acts coming to both the Newark and Nottingham venues. We have also ice hockey matches with the Nottingham Panthers or Football at Nott’s Forest or City Grounds, not forgetting cricket at Trent Bridge and various village greens.
Eating & Drinking:
There are hosts of local pubs and restaurants catering for many tastes including Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, French and English within Newark. For more exotic tastes such as sushi or other delights there are Japanese, Greek and many other exotic food restaurants in Nottingham. Altogether too many to list on this web site, but try the ‘Touch Nottingham’ website, the tourist information centres, or, from our links page.
For a county pub experience we particularly like the atmosphere, food and drink offered at The Full Moon Inn - just 6 miles from Bridge House.
Local:        Take away food outlets, co-op, bakery, petrol station, betting shop, car parts
Newark:      Larger shops and a couple of 
                 stores, two auction rooms’,
                 antique shops and Warehouses,
                 pine shops and several markets
Nottingham:Wide range of shops,              
 & Lincoln    department stores and specialist
                 outlets, markets,auction houses  
Further away: 45 minutes drive to
                    MeadowHall at Sheffield or 30
                    minutes to McArthur Glen in
Newark is an international antiques hotspot with many antique shops and warehouses. At Newark Showground there are 6 major antique fairs each year. Here you will find thousands of stalls offering every conceivable antique or collectible. Just before each Newark fair there is another 2  day event held at Lincoln Showground, again with a thousand or so stalls. See the links page to find their web sites..


So Much to do, so little time