Things to see and do at Newark Park

Family activities in Newark House

With an intriguing historic house, lovely gardens and an enchanting estate, there is plenty to see and do on a visit to Newark Park. In Newark House you can discover the William Morris paper on the ceiling of the Dining Room, or our Dressing Up room on the first floor. Our Tudor weather vane, Spike the dragon, oversees 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.

Newark House

In 1550 the courtier Nicholas Poyntz established his hunting lodge, built from medieval stones of a nearby dissolved abbey. His 'New Worke' was to be expanded and remodelled over 400 years, with the largest building phase taking place in the 1790s by the Reverend Lewis Clutterbuck. His ancestor Catherine Annie Power-Clutterbuck would leave Newark Park to the National Trust in 1949.
Robert Parsons, an American architect, moved into Newark House in 1970. Over nearly 3 decades he restored most of the house and uncovered period features in the house and in the gardens. The last tenant moved out in 2012, and Newark House is now a welcoming home with a quirky collection, inviting you to uncover its story.
 

The gardens

The gardens at Newark are laid out over three levels. The lawns and the walled garden provide the setting for Newark house, with the seasonal borders on the south terrace providing plenty of colour. The Glade walk takes you from the quirky folly to the rockery beneath Newark House. The lakeside garden has a relaxing and romantic feel, with colourful borders, ducks on the small lake and the charming historic summerhouse.
Throughout the year the gardens showcase seasonal specials; from snowdrops in February to daffodils and tulips in spring, to summer borders and autumn cyclamen.
 
 

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. In April the wild garlic is at its best, and the autumn colours come out in late September.There are three signposted walks in the estate; 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.

Geocaching

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, and Easter trails to Halloween evenings and a visit from Father Christmas, we have a range of exciting events coming to Newark Park this year.