Days out in Yorkshire: St Leger Festival, Doncaster

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Like horse racing? Like jet skis? Like live music? All of the above?

Then the St Leger Festival week has got you covered, running from now until September 14.

Of course, racing is at the heart of this – especially as the St Leger is the oldest classic horse race, dating back to 1776.

The iconic Doncaster Racecourse plays home to the action which will see some of the biggest names in the sport take part with the eyes of the world on it.

Other highlights will also see the racecourse host the Knightcon Star Cars and Heroes event today, which is set to be a real treat for sci-fi fans with character appearances and cars from the world of film and television.

And there’s more. This year sees the British Jet Ski Championships at Lakeside held today and tomorrow, which promises to deliver some high octane, high drama action in front of attract thousands of visitors.

If you want to swap horses for guitars, then check out Doncaster Live music festival in the Roman town’s refurbished market place.

Speaking of Romans, they are coming too, complete with gladiator contests, military displays and marches through town and kids can even join the Roman Army!

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is also hosting a mini-exhibition exploring the facts around the Robin Hood legend, many of which are surprisingly local to Doncaster – was he a Donnie lad?

Visitors will be able to take part in a fun poll asking if Doncaster should reclaim Robin, but let Nottingham keep the sheriff!

There are 200 events happening, so a good tip is to download a free guide from Visit Doncaster’ website too.


Prices: Mix of free and paid-for

Opening Times: Sep 5-14

Address: Doncaster town centre and racecourse

Attraction Website: &

Telephone: 01302 734309

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