The YMCA Community and Activity Village is a transformational not-for-profit project designed to empower young people and families in Newark and Sherwood.

The project is driven by a passionate belief that everyone deserves the chance to belong, contribute and thrive.

In national reports, Newark and Sherwood has ranked as one of the worst areas in the country for social deprivation, with some wards facing life expectancies ten years less than UK national average.

YMCA Newark and Sherwood aims to make positive change through a community space that offers opportunities to everyone.

COVID-19 Notice

The YMCA Community and Activity Village is now re-open! Thank you for your patience. Please be mindful of our temporary opening hours.

YMCA Childcare, YMCA Digital, Adventure Guides, YMCA Tall Ships, YMCA Community Fitness and Camp Newark remain closed at this time.

What’s planned?

Facilities and programmes at the Village focus on three key areas – healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.

The Community and Activity Village is due for completion in 2021.

Teenagers playing football

Healthy Living

  • Dance studio
  • Climbing centre
  • Integrated NHS services
  • Canoeing
  • Community fitness (OPEN NOW)
  • Skatepark
  • Athletics (OPEN NOW)
  • Football pitches (OPEN NOW)
  • Cycle Track
  • Tennis

Boys learning to canoe

Youth Development

  • Digital media suites
  • Art studio
  • Recording and rehearsal space
  • College courses and apprenticeships
  • Childcare (OPEN NOW)
  • Nursery
  • Sensory room
  • Youth and family programmes (OPEN NOW)

Training kitchen

Social Responsibility

  • Community café
  • Further education
  • Volunteering
  • Community training kitchen
  • Function space
  • Adult education classes
  • Youth-led community projects

Latest Update
June 2020
Although the Village is currently closed due to COVID-19, we are hard at work building the new Multi-Use Games Area for basketball, tennis and netball this summer.

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Village Concept Designs

Please note that these designs are still being developed.

Contact us


YMCA Community and Activity Village
Lorde Hawke Way
NG24 4FB

Village Facility bookings
01636 880 624

Village on-site contact
01636 233 125

YMCA Camp and Childcare bookings
01157 117 006

Temporary Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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