Days out in Yorkshire: St Leger Festival, Doncaster

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A heady mix of furlongs and festivals can only mean the huge St Leger Festival week in Doncaster – and it’s no ordinary day at the races.

Of course racing is at the heart of this, given the world famous St Leger is the oldest classic horse race.

The impressive Doncaster Racecourse plays home to the racing – a great family friendly venue equally good for taking the kids or a bunch of mates.

But the festival is more than just racing, with over 300 events taking place throughout the week from this weekend until September 15.

Train fans will be steaming into town to see the record-breaking Mallard on display at Freightliner Ltd’s Railport depot and a special mallard exhibition at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery.

And for beer lovers, there will be a real ale festival running throughout the week at venues across the town.

Music is well covered too with Doncaster Live – a free open air rock concert in the historic Market Place on September 8 – plus opera, live music and dancing in Regent Square on September 12.

Airborn adventurers can take regular hot air balloon flights from historic Cusworth Hall or for something more relaxed just kick back at the town centre’s Mansion House for afternoon tea.

The town was founded by the Romans – and they’re back! September 7 and 8 will see the Roman Army marching around town from their camp at the Minster.

And finally, Doncaster’s new Cast theatre will be throwing open its doors for special performances alongside Doncaster Little Theatre and The Dome – with comedy, plays and more live bands.


Price: Racing tickets from £7 and events are free (see website)

Opening times: Daily (see website)

Address: Doncaster Racecourse and town centre events

Car Parking: Various

Attraction website:

Telephone: 01302 511 915

For more days out see

Days Out: Little Alf Trails, Yorkshire Dales