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1. History of Doncaster
The town of Doncaster has many Georgian and Regency buildings, including Mansion House, which was built in 1749 and dominates the town centre as its civic headquarters. In the 18th century, many stagecoaches passed through the town and stayed overnight. This turned it into a major interchange and many of the older inns and pubs still have 'coaching arches' from this time. The S...Read more
2. Now in Doncaster
Doncaster is still a market town, and Doncaster Market has been part of life for hundreds of years. There are many historic buildings to see in and around the town. Horseracing is a big part of the town's identity and Doncaster Racecourse is at the heart of this. A major development is ongoing in the town to improve the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
3. Events in Doncaster
The Hothouse Festival is a celebration of theatre, comedy, dance, spoken word and music, and takes place every year in the town. Doncaster Racecourse has many events on the calendar during the racing season, including the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. The Sprotbrough and Sandall Park Fake Festivals are dedicated to the best tribute bands and take place on the outskirts of the to...Read more
4. Attractions in Doncaster
Aeroventure is an aircraft museum that has exhibits inside and out. Highlights include military aircraft and a jet engine collection. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery has important collections of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine and decorative art. There are activities for all ages. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is an award-winning attraction that offers visitors a w...Read more
5. Things To Do in Doncaster
The Lakeside area of the town is home to The Dome. This is a multi-purpose leisure complex, which has facilities for swimming, ice-skating, sports, events, exhibitions, live music and shows. Lakeside also houses The Keepmoat Stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers Football Club and Doncaster Rugby Football League. There is also a cinema, bowling, restaurants and bars in the Lakeside ...Read more
6. Business in Doncaster
The Lakeside Village Outlet has over 45 big name stores offering discounts of up to 60 per cent. Doncaster market has over 400 shops, stalls and stands and over 1,000 people work at the site. The town centre has a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars for all tastes and budgets. The Frenchgate Centre is the main shopping centre.
7. Transport in Doncaster
The nearest airport to Doncaster is Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which takes about 15mins to get to by car from the town centre. By car, Doncaster is close to the A1(M), M18 and the M62. The main A road running through the town is the A19. Trains from Doncaster travel to many major cities in the UK.
8. Entertainment in Doncaster
The Dome is the venue in Doncaster for major shows and concerts. The programme varies between big name comedy to rock gigs and family touring shows. The Hothouse has a programme including stand-up comedy, classical music, theatre, drama and performances for families and children. The Civic Theatre has drama performances, music, comedy, opera and dance as well as shows for famil...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Doncaster
Doncaster Minster, which dominates the town's skyline, was completed in 1858 and has a 170ft tall bell tower. It is said by some to be one of the best showcases of Gothic architecture in the country.
10. Interesting Facts about Doncaster
The Doncaster Cup, held at Doncaster Racecourse, is the oldest continuing regulated horse race in the world.
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01 September 2012 - 30 September 2012
The Grimsby St Hugh’s Festival celebrates professional classical music and performers, and takes place over three days in September. The event began in 2008 and has been held in both the St James Church and Grimsby Minster. The festival aims to focus on 20th and 21s ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
The Hospital Carnival in Grimsby takes place every year in August and raises money for charity as well as providing a fun day out for all the family. The event raises thousands of pounds every year for the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. The celebrations ...more
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
The Summer Crafting Show takes place over a weekend in July at Doncaster Racecourse and has stalls from over 75 exhibitors. Crafts covered at the event include card making, jewellery making, card kits, scrapbooking supplies, crafty bargains and much more. The emphasis ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Regional Food Festival takes place every June at Normanby Hall. Thousands of people flock to the event to taste a variety of foods and enjoy watching cookery demonstrations. Stalls sell a wide selection of foods, from chocolates and cakes to speciality breads and ...more
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