5 of The Best - 8-9 September

The weather forecast for Doncaster isn't great this weekend, but there's so much going on - inside and outside, that we're sure you can make the most of your Saturday and Sunday. This five are just a few of the events taking place this weekend, but don't forget to check out our 'What's On' page to see full listings.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're up to!

1. The Ted Hughes Festival

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September

Mexborough Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, S64 9JP

The Ted Hughes Festival (South Yorkshire) welcomes its fourth and most diverse festival to date this September. Bridging the gap between hip-hop culture and poetry by incorporating the raw message from the mean streets of Philadelphia, and ‘blowing it up’ on the mean streets of Mexborough.

Taking place at a local Business Centre, the old Grammar School where poet Ted Hughes studied, the overarching project aims to celebrate the fact that Mexborough was Hughes’ home from 1938-1951, his formative years as a poet in the town. Commemorating Hughes’ time in the town, the project also seeks to develop art and creativity in his name.

Each year the project produces the annual Ted Hughes Poetry Festival programming high quality poets and performers with both established, and rising, reputations. The festival program also includes visual arts, children’s activities and a distinctive strand of poetry walks.

This festival grows in popularity every year and continues to go from strength to strength, to learn how to be a part of it, follow the link above.

2. Heritage Open Days - Doncaster Archives

Saturday 8th September 10:00-15:00

King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA

On 8 September Doncaster Archives will be taking the unaccustomed step of opening its doors on a Saturday. The King Edward Road premises will be open for a one-off display about the remarkable women of Doncaster and for tours behind the scenes. 

Discover the stories the Archives can tell about the extraordinary women of the town and its hinterland and join a tour of the inner sanctum at Doncaster Archives - the strongroom where more than 800 years' worth of the borough's history is stored.

To learn more about getting behind the scenes in the archives and learning about remarkable local woman of the past, follow the link above for futher details.

3. Doncaster Knights vs. Hartpury RFC

Saturday 8th September K.O. 14:30

Castle Park, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, DN2 5QB

It's 10th hosting 3rd this week at Castle Park as the Knights seek to climb the table by securing a win over Hartpury. 

Kick off is at 2:30pm, tickets are available on the day from Castle Park or via links in our event page - click the link above to learn more.

"Come on Donny!"

4. Heritage Open Days - Cusworth Hall

Sunday 9th September 11:00-15:00

Cusworth Hall, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU

As part of the annual Heritage Open Days initiative, come along as the team at Cusworth Hall invite you to step inside Cusworth Hall’s Walled Garden .

This FREE event is also a rare opportunity to view Cusworth’s hidden Bowling Green, Bowling Pavilion, and orchard. Also, don’t miss the display of classic cars outside the Hall provided by the Traditional Car Club of Doncaster.

Think you've seen all there is to see at this Doncaster landmark? Think again.

5. Charity Cricket Match & Family Fun Day

Sunday 9th September 13:00-16:00

Doncaster Town Field Sports Club, Bennetthorpe, Doncaster, DN2 6AA

The Doncaster Business for the Community (DB4C) Vase, a charity Twenty20 cricket match, will see the Business All Stars battle it out against the Commercial Legends, match starts at 1pm.

As well as the cricket fans, this event is great for families with a bouncy castle, obstacle course, climbing wall, face painting and stalls with sweets, along with a terrific range of food stalls including jerk chicken, pizza, burgers, pie & peas and much more.
There will also be plenty of fun for grown-ups too with an outdoor bar, Gin van, Prosecco van, coffee stand and music provided by a DJ.

DB4C supports education, health and sports initiatives.
Last year the event raised more than £5,000 for the community. This year DB4C aims to surpass that figure. The two local charities to benefit from the funds raised on the day will include: The Children’s Sleep Charity and Riding for the Disabled at Rossington Hall. 

Entry is just £2.50 for adults, £5.00 per family and FREE for kids under 16.


Whatever you're up to this week and beyond, 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, #youradventureawaits 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