Newark

Unlocked Fest, the UK’s newest music festival, has announced an incredible line-up of artists, bands and DJs for its launch edition in 2022, including Ministry of Sound Classical, Heather Small, The Feeling, Go West, Craig Charles, Inner City, Five, Space, Republica, Phats and Small, Big Brovaz, Dario G, and many more.

The festival – the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire – celebrates some of the best music from the 80s, 90s and 00s, promising three days of fun and cherished moments at Newark Showground.

Unlocked Fest will take place from 17th – 19th June 2022 amidst much anticipation following its unfortunate postponement this year due to Covid restrictions. Festival organisers, Unlocked Events are now delighted to confirm the go-ahead for 2022 with a top-notch line-up crammed full of the UK’s biggest tracks from the late 80s onwards, diverse entertainment, camping, glamping and a host of VIP experiences.

The three-day event will not only provide festival goers with the chance to relive the sounds of summers past but will be bringing a fresh new dimension to your usual festival experience with carefully considered attention to detail and emphasis on making every moment seamless.

Ticket holders can expect the highest standard of food and drink, broad entertainment offerings and a lovingly crafted festival site that has been designed with convenience and ease in mind.

With parking close to pitches, carefully laid out (mud free) campsites, exquisite glamping and a good supply of services and facilities, the organisers are making everything easy so that the music and partying really do take centre stage.

The ultimate feel good weekender, Unlocked Fest will combine a heady mix of well-known headliners, top DJs and tribute acts across its three stages, with artisan food and drink vendors, a traditional funfair, games zone, roaming entertainers, late night silent disco, and many more surprises in store.

Inner City

Unlocked Fest’s founder, Steve Yeardsley has 20 years’ experience working in the events industry delivering technical production to festivals, tours and consumer events. The idea for Unlocked Fest arose after he identified a gap in the market for a boutique event experience.

Steve said “The UK undoubtedly has some amazing festivals and outdoor events. I just felt that we were missing a more sophisticated festival experience that would appeal to a wider crowd who want all the fun but not the annoyances that often come with camping out.

This is why we have gone the extra mile to ensure we limit queues, provide sufficient facilities, offer VIP services, and set the bar high in every detail. We are also banishing the mud – wellies are very much a fashion choice rather than a necessity!

“We also know that getting the line-up right is also key. We’ve all been to festivals where the headliners sing one or two well-known tracks and fill the rest of the set with the new material.

“We really want the music to be familiar, songs that the crowd sing and dance along to all day and night. We’re going to create everyone’s favourite playlist and deliver it live with some incredible summer vibes We are not calling Unlocked Fest the ultimate feel-good weekender without reason!”

Tickets for Unlocked Fest, featuring Ministry of Sound Classical, Heather Small, The Feeling, Go West, Craig Charles, Five, Republica, and more, go on General Sale at 9.00am on Friday 3rd December 2021.


Tickets are available from: www.unlockedfest.co.uk and www.gigantic.com


Phats and Small

Big Brovaz

A Lincoln mum is among hundreds of customers who were left feeling angry and frustrated at delays and cancellations of the highly anticipated North Pole Experience at Newark’s Thoresby Park.

The North Pole Experience was due to take place at the park from November 13 to December 23, with individual tickets costing between £34.99 and £52. After initially being delayed, the event now appears to have been cancelled with no news yet as to when, or if, it will be rearranged.

Event organiser North Pole Experience Ltd issued a statement to customers via email on November 28 saying they wanted “to ease any concerns” due to “speculation and false information posted on social media” – read the full statement here.

They claimed the weather and the venue’s ‘Risk Assessment and Insurance’ meant the event could not go ahead. The statement says that they made a decision not to open this weekend (November 27-28) despite the fact the event was due to start two weeks earlier.

However, Thoresby Park said: “The continued failure by The North Pole Experience to open, despite half completing their set up has disappointed us as much as anyone else.”

Visitors to the experience were originally promised a bustling elf village and woodland cabin where they would meet Father Christmas.

There would also have been a North Pole Post Office, toy factory and ice rink, as well as food, drink and entertainment.

A Lincoln mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted The Lincolnite saying she had been due to attend the event, but has still heard nothing back from the organisers.

She described it as a “rather large scam with hundreds of families out of pocket with now nowhere left available to book in to see Santa elsewhere” after paying around £145 for her and her family.

She said: “We paid £32 a ticket plus ticket protection which is now invalid. I bought tickets for my husband and I, and our two children aged seven and five.

“I have previously contacted them on Facebook regarding the event with no response, their website is now inactive and even Thoresby Park cannot make contact.

“It’s a shame. With it being at Thoresby and they themselves advertising it, I felt confident they had done the relevant checks and that it was a legitimate business.”

Thoresby Park also appeared to be disappointed, saying: “They (the event organisers) seemed competent and were able to provide references and we hoped to enable another successful event to wrap up the year.

“Unfortunately, this has not come to pass. The continued failure by The North Pole Experience to open, despite half completing their set up has disappointed us as much as anyone else.

“The estate does not believe this is due to malice however the outcome is the same. North Pole Experience have failed to meet their obligations to us and to the public.”

The event organisers said that anyone wishing to reschedule an effected booking should email [email protected] with their selected date and time, and they will do “everything possible to accommodate these requests”.

They added that for anyone wishing to make a claim, or initiate a refund request, it has to be processed directly through https://www.ticket-refunds.com/ as the organisers “cannot assist with this”.

Meanwhile, Copper Entertainment has tried to do its bit to help the frustrated customers, by offering discounted tickets to their event in Nottingham to those who have been affected.

A nine-bedroom mansion with its own swimming pool and tennis court is now on the market for nearly £1 million.

The Grove on Gainsborough Road in Winthorpe, Newark is a Grade II listed country house set over three floors, with seven bedrooms. The property is being marketed by Savills and has a guide price of £995,000.

The outdoor heated swimming pool is set in an enclosed garden with a pavilion. In addition to the swimming pool and tennis court, there is a self-contained West Wing.

The Grove is located in Winthorpe, Newark. | Photo: Savills

The hard tennis court at The Grove. | Photo: Savills

The dining room. | Photo: Savills

The sitting room. | Photo: Savills

One of nine bedrooms at The Grove. | Photo: Savills

The West Wing has its own separate external entrance, kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor.

The Grove has more than 4,000 square feet of versatile outbuilding space including a pavilion, green house, multiple garages, workshop, stabling, tack room, hay barn and wood store.

The pavilion. | Photo: Savills

The garden. | Photo: Savills

Landscape gardens are mostly laid to lawn with established trees and hedges. | Photo: Savills

It also has paddocks with troughs and a field shelter, while the landscape gardens are mostly laid to lawn with established trees and hedges.

Additional paddocks of around seven acres are available for rent by separate negotiation.

Roo Fisher, property agent at Savills, said: “The Grove ticks every single box for me, beautiful family house, tennis court, heated swimming pool, loads of outbuildings and all just a short drive from Newark so in one hour and twenty minutes you can be in central London.”

See the full listing here.

See the rest of the photo gallery below:

Front view of the property. | Photo: Savills

An aerial view of The Grove. | Photo: Savills

The entrance to The Grove. | Photo: Savills

The pool view. | Photo: Savills

The kitchen. | Photo: Savills

The breakfast room. | Photo: Savills

The sitting room. | Photo: Savills

A second sitting room. | Photo: Savills

Another of the many bedrooms. | Photo: Savills

The study. | Photo: Savills

The hall. | Photo: Savills

The entrance. | Photo: Savills

Take the stairs up to the first floor. | Photo: Savills

Utility room. | Photo: Savills

One of many bathrooms at The Grove. | Photo: Savills

The greenhouse. | Photo: Savills

Another view of the greenhouse. | Photo: Savills

Outside the greenhouse. | Photo: Savills

The garage. | Photo: Savills

An aerial view of the property from which you can see the tennis court. | Photo: Savills

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