5 Of The Best 12-13 August

Another jam-packed weekend in Doncaster (pardon the pun) with the return of Tattoo Jam at the Racecourse along with Pop superstars Union J at the Yorkshire WildLife Park amongst others.

Thankfully the weather is set to be an enourmous improvement on the week and so here are our 5 favourite events taking place across teh borough for the 12th and 13th August.


1. Tattoo Jam 2017

Tattoo Jam is a World Record Breaking Annual Tattoo Convention held each August at Doncaster Racecourse, and is the most exciting, most anticipated and most talked about tattoo event of the year.

Come along and marvel at artists at work and even get inked yourself at this tenth anniversary year of Tattoo Jam. 2017 promises to be an amazing year with organisors pulling together a show to remember.

  • Friday 11th August 2017 - 2pm until Midnight
  • Saturday 12th August 2017 - 12 Noon until Midnight
  • Sunday 13th August 2017 - 11am until 6pm

Click here for ticket booking


Day Ticket from £12

On the Day: Fri £15, Sat £20, Sun £15

Weekend Ticket £24

On the Day: £30, Friday Included Free

Kids go free (max 3 per adult)


2. Union J - Safari Nights

Running every Saturday in August, the events offer extended opening hours, providing a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s rarest and most at risk animals after hours, while enjoying top live entertainment as well as a family-friendly fireworks finale.

Visitors can make the most of the summer sunshine, with last entry at 7pm, animal walk-throughs and play areas are open until 8pm, and on the concert-field the evening’s entertainment continues until just after 9pm. From 5pm there’ll be live music and entertainment to enjoy with local bands, live acoustic acts, face-painting* and the return of the fantastic Black Eagles acrobats. At sunset visitors, will head over to the Wild-Life stage for the evenings headline entertainment, starting at 7.30pm.

YWP gives a unique walk through experience bringing them almost face to face with some of the world’s most rare animals, including Amur Leopards, Giraffes, Painted Hunting Dogs along with Lions, Lemurs and Meerkats.

Whatever the weather there is something to do at YWP, with indoor play areas, restaurants and shopping opportunities. There is the Safari Village shopping centre and café, which can be accessed without having to enter the park.

Union J Saturday 12th August

Since X Factor 2012, Union J have performed around the world and bring their incredible live show to the Park on 12th August.

Now a three-piece after the departure of Casey Johnson, the band have been working on new material, with the first single off their new album set to release in August and their album in early 2018. 

The 12th of August also features “Girls Alouder” (tribute).

For further information and to book tickets, please visit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park Safari Nights


3. Balby by The Sea

Balby by the Sea is a one day event, transforming Woodfield Club in Balby into a seaside extravaganza for the day.

The community created the project with Kate Sully (Art Supporter for Balby from 2013-2016) as part of Phase One of Right Up Our Street, the first version having happened in 2015 with trapeze artists, walkabout theatre performance, arts and crafts workshops, and all the food and fun of the seaside. The event was free and more than 800 people attended from the surrounding villages.

The event happened again in 2016 with the Balby Community Arts team (the newly costituted group) organising the day and once again the event was at capacity for attendance and had beautiful summer weather!

Balby by the Sea is set to take place again on 12th August 2017 with an international theme (Balby by the Sea 'Goes on a Cruise'), with incredible treats and surpirses on offer - not to be missed.

Saturday 12th August: 12pm - 5pm.


4. 999 Emergency Services Day

Family fun day throughout the town centre and the market square on Saturday 12th August 9:30am - 4pm.

Why not come along for a fantastic family day out and join all the emergency service in keeping the history of the emergency service and their vehicles alive?

Come and see how the emergency service have changed over the years and look inside old and new emergency service vehicles, climb inside and try on the uniforms or why not speak to the many emergency services and learn lots of safety advice.

Please note some display can be cancelled or withdrawn at short notice leading up-to the event or during the event, due to operational requirements (some display will be on-call out for emergencies thought out the event).


5. Get Doncaster Walking - Consibrough Circular Walk

Get Doncaster Walking 2017 is continuing into the second half of the year and still offering ‘healthy walks’ to encourage Doncaster residents to get more active out in their local community, appreciate Doncaster’s large open green spaces and have some fun.

There are a large selection of walks varying in distance, locations and days of the week. Hopefully something available and suitable for all. We are still dividing our walks into the ‘stroller’ and ‘strider’ categories, with a ‘stroller’ walk being delivered at a slow pace and suitable for all. A ‘strider’ has a slightly faster pace and can be more challenging for some. .

On Saturday 12th August come along and rendezvous at Conisbrough Castle visitors centre, Castle Hill DN12 3BU before 10:30am for a prompt start, to participate in this 5 mile stroller. Taking in stunning views of Ladies Valley and the Denaby Crags hillsite, this hidden gem has lots to offer and plenty of history to discover. This walk is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, but no dogs please.


As ever for more ideas check out the Visit Doncaster website at http://www.visitdoncaster.com/whats-on.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, have a great one and don't forget to keep us up to date with how you're spending your time in Doncaster, by uploading your pics and using @VisitDoncaster, #visitdoncaster and #doncasterisgreat.

If you represent a venue or are organising an event that you'd like us to include in future guides, please contact the TIC by telephone on 01302 734309, on email tourist.information@doncaster.gov.uk or via our social email accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @VisitDoncaster).