Activities 2012

Kayaking-P9190080Kayaking on the Lamprey
Waterfront Venue

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Waterfront Venue

Slot Car Raceway
Ready, Set, Race!

Waterfront Venue

Climbing 1-2in1005Bungee Bounce
& Climbing Wall

Waterfront Venue

Juggling with Brett & Jenny
Waterfront Venue

Model RailwayModel Railway
Downtown Venue

Oyster Information
Waterfront Venue

lamprey_squareWalking Tours
of Newmarket’s historic mills
and downtown village area.

Downtown Venue


Photo credits:
Jan Galloway and Adrian Major


drumKAYAKING, SWORD FIGHTING, JUGGLING and MORE! The 2012 Heritage Festival includes plenty of activities you won’t want to miss.

waterfront venue | downtown venue | main venue


Hours: 10:00 – 6:00 unless otherwise noted

Boat Tours
(8:00 am – 10:00 am; 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm) Lamprey River boat tours, sponsored by the Newmarket Conservation Com- mission, are offered on a first-come, first-served basis when the tides allow. Festival admission not required.
Note: Tours will also run Sunday (9:00 am -10:00 am; 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)

Climbing Wall & Bungee Bounce ($)
Go for the summit–and bounce! Brought to you by Summit Adventure Systems. Cost: $5/3 climbs; $5/bounce; $8/combo climb & bounce. more

Juggling with Brett and Jenny
They’re back! Watch this fun and friendly juggling duo at work–and then join the fun! They’re happy to teach you a trick or two….or three!  more

Kayaking on the River ($)
Paddle across the river and alongside the mills with Plum Island Kayak. Solo kayaks: 18 and up; tandems for parents/kids. Cost: $5/1 hr; $3/half hr. more

Medieval Encampment
Visit life in the middle ages with the Neville Company–complete with armored combat demonstrations (see below).  more

Medieval Combat Demonstrations
(11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm) Stop by and sharpen your sword-fighting skills at the Neville Company’s medieval encampment.  more

Oyster Information
Oyster aficionado Richard Rush, editor of the “Oyster Information” online newsletter, demonstrates safe, easy, and elegant oyster shucking. See his oyster knife collection, learn oyster trivia, discover the history of this amazing shellfish—past and present—native to the waters of New Hampshire’s Great Bay. more and more

Slot Car Raceway ($)
Ready, set, race! Kids of all ages will have plenty of fun with this portable slot-car track. Cost: $2/20-lap race; $1/rerun

Travelin’ Barnyard
Meet sheep, goats, waterfowl, poultry, llamas, and more at the Travelin’ Barnyard, an educational agricultural display.


Hours: 10-6 unless otherwise noted

Art Exhibit: Bridge Boards Project
An exhibit featuring barn boards from Newmarket’s historic covered bridge, transformed and re-created by local artisans.
LACA nonprofit gallery at Ampers& Studio

Engine House
Visit Tiger No. 1, Newmarket’s historic hand tub, in this restored building, a project of the Newmarket Main Street Corporation.
Engine House (across from Rocky’s)

Harvest Supper ($)
(5:00-7:00) Enjoy a delicious turkey feast (take-out available) cooked up by members of Newmarket’s Community Church. Suggested donation: $8/adults; $4/children; $20 family cap.
Vestry of the Community Church (at the top of Water St.)

Model Trains
Bells and whistles, diesel roar and real smoke are guaranteed at the model railroad display, brought to you by the Bristol S-Gauge Club, longest-running S-scale (1/64 scale) club in the world. more 
American Legion

Ring the Church Bell ($)
(5:00-6:00) Try your hand at history–ring the church bell in Newmarket’s historic Community Church!
Community Church belfry

Sidewalk Art & Gallery Open House
Grab a piece of chalk and join the creative fun on Main Street! Take in the local art on display in the gallery…..and more!
Newmarket Creativity Center

Tour: History of the Mills
(12:00-1:00) Enjoy a guided walk through Newmarket’s hard-working past—and its developing future. (Tour will include mill courtyard and some of the public areas in the newly redeveloped mill buildings.) Guide: Mike Provost, a third-generation mill worker.
Meet at Newmarket Mills: North Entrance

Tour: Historic Main Street
(3:30-4:30) Discover the history and architecture of Newmarket’s village area, including a stop at the Stone School Museum, the Engine House and more. Guide: Newmarket native Phil LePage.
Meet at Newmarket Mills: North Entrance


Veterans Dedication Ceremony
(9:30-10) The Newmarket Veterans Memorial Trust Committee and the New Market Historical Society will host a re-dedication of the G.A.R. Civil War monument on South Main St.  more
Next to the historic Engine House (across from Rocky’s)

Wiggin Farm Guided Walk
(9:00-10:00) The Newmarket Conservation Commission (sponsors of the scenic Boat Rides along the  Lamprey River), invites you to a guided walking tour of Wiggin Farm Conservation Land. (Item #9 on the conservation lands map). After the tour, park at the High School and ride the free trolley to the festival venues in downtown Newmarket.
Walking tour participants should meet at the Wiggin Farm parking area and must provide their own transportation.





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