Things to see and do at Newark Park

Family activities in Newark House

There is plenty to see and do on a visit to Newark Park. Discover the William Morris paper on the ceiling of the Dining Room, and see our Tudor weather vane, Spike the dragon, overseeing the estate from the top of Newark House. There is a peacock-trail inside Newark House, and a special seasonal tracker-sheet to help you explore the gardens. You can find our dressing up room in what used to be the Tudor Dining Hall, whilst our second hand book room is on the top floor of Newark House.

Newark House

Established as a hunting lodge in 1550 by Sir Nicholas Poyntz, the house has been expanded and remodelled over 400 years.After Robert Parsons' arrival in the 1970s, when he restored most of the house and uncovered many period features, the house is now a welcoming home with a quirky collection, inviting you to uncover its story.

The walled garden

Encircled by high walls and an imposing gate, the walled garden is filled with a semi-formal arrangement of flowers and plants. It's a lovely place to relax, and a good starting point to explore the rest of the Newark gardens.

The estate

The present deer park was laid out after 1790 to the south of the house, flowing over the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and surrounded by woodlands.
The estate is a great place to get some fresh air, see local wildlife and enjoy the views. There are signposted walks throughout the grounds; ask the staff in the visitor reception for a map and further details.

Perky peacocks

Our group of peacocks are very popular with visitors, especially children. Look out for our feathered full-time residents in the gardens during your visit. 

Garden games

The croquet lawn in front of the house is home to our garden games. Try out croquet and boules, and there is plenty of space on the lawn for spectators to enjoy their picnic.



We've hidden nine geocaches around the estate for you to hunt for. Either bring your own kit or hire a GPS unit from reception when you visit (£5 per unit, plus a refundable £5 security deposit).

What's on?

From outdoor theatre to classic cars, we have a range of exciting events coming to Newark Park this year.