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Local Attractions

Newent and the surrounding area boasts a number of attractions that are well worth visiting.

See below for details of just a few of them… 


Located on the southern outskirts of Newent, not far from the town along Watery Lane. The Arboretum was created in 2000 as part of the national Millennium celebrations. Over 5,000 trees and shrubs were planted while local residents sponsored the installation of 25 benches and additional feature trees. It offers a tranquil environment to take a picnic, for children to play or to walk your dog. There is a small dedicated car park on the corner of Bradfords Lane at the main entrance, although parking is limited. Please note: there are no toilet facilities. 

Newent Lake and Park

A leftover from the fishponds of medieval monks, Newent Lake became part of the former Newent Court (c.1810) which used to occupy the land on the rise to the north of the Lake. A major fire destroyed the large portion of the original building in 1942. The Lake is situated immediately to the rear of Lewall Street car park and is known as Newent’s “Jewel in the Crown.” It is a truly beautiful amenity area with picnic tables, children’s play area and an outdoor gym. There are interesting walks – around the lake itself and in woodland areas stretching beyond, or you may prefer just to sit on one of the many benches located in the area to take in the view and to watch the abundance of wildlife in a peaceful and natural setting. Fishing at Newent Lake is open to residents of the parish and for a limited number of non-residents this season. Permits are available from the Town Council office. Applicants must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence and give proof of address. A passport size photo is also required for non-residents. The current cost of a permit for residents is £12 for 16 years & over and free to under 16’s; for non-residents the permit is £50. 

Market House

Built in 1668 as a butter market and carries the signature of its Dutch builder – a ball and flute which can be clearly seen on its under beams. It is situated in the centre of the town in the Market Square. In the early 1900’s the Market House was used as a fire station and side screens and doors were added. Today the Market House attracts hundreds of visitors far and wide each year and is open at weekends during the summer months for internal viewing of its Heritage Exhibition. The Town Council hold its Council meetings here twice a month too. The Market Square itself was once home to pioneering 1960’s record producer Joe Meek, most famously remembered for his recording of “Telstar.” His house is depicted by a Blue Plaque on the wall. 

In addition to these, there are many other local attractions and places to visit in Newent, including garden centres, charming tea rooms, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, independent shops, a golf club and much more. 
Take a look at our Discover Newent Leaflet to find out more about what to explore & enjoy around the town. 
Below are links to some of Newent’s other local attractions… 
St. Marys Church (Anglo-Saxon burial ground)
Three Choirs
Onion Fayre (held annually in September)
Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC)
Newent Cycling
Newent Leisure
Gold-painted Post Box in Newent Town Centre, in honour of local resident Charlotte Dujardin, CBE – Gold Medal Olympic Dressage Winner 
See also – bronze statue of Valegro – the famous winning horse ridden by Charlottee Durjardin in the Market Square, Newent