7 of The Best - 10-11 February

It's that time of the week again! Ahead of the half-term break, we are going to treat you to 7 of the best that Doncaster has to offer. 

To celebrate Doncaster's rail heritage week we have a number of rail-focused events occuring over the weekend for all you rail fans out there.

As half-term looms we also have a number of family-themed events to get the kids warmed up for their teacher-less week!

1. Death by Design - 8th-10th February

A comedy with murder. By Rob Urbinati / Directed by Graham Carpenter

A delightful and mysterious “mashup” of two of the greatest English writers of all time, mixing the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie.

The playwright Edward Bennett and his actress wife Sorel flee London, after a disastrous opening night, and go to their country retreat. But various guests arrive unexpectedly, each with a long-held secret, then one of the guests is murdered. It’s left to Bridget, the feisty maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime.

By Kind Permission of Samuel French Ltd.

Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th February at 7.30 pm

Tickets: Adults: £10 / Concessions: £8

1 King Street, Doncaster, DN1 1JD

2. Doncaster Comic Con 2018 - 10th February

Organisers aim to bring fans a whole host of fun activities catering for both families and collectors, including lots of stalls full of memorabillia to browse, a retro gaming zone where you can play until your heart's content, a Cosplay Area for those of you who'd like to come along dressed as your favourite characters, special guests from TV and film signing autographs as well as much, much more...

No need to book, just go along on the day, admission: Earlybirds (10-11am) £5.00, FREE after 11am.

Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Rd, Doncaster DN4 7PD.

3. Promoting Doncaster's Railway Heritage - 10th February

Doncaster Council and The Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust Ltd. are pleased to announce a rail-fan event.

There will be five eminent guest speakers in attendance to talk about Doncaster Council's plans for a world class railway heritage museum and the history being put on display.

1. Nick Stopforth, Head of Libraries & Culture - Doncaster Council's plans for the new Doncaster Railway Heritage Exhibition Centre.

2. Roger Hallet, Joint M.D. of Peak Rail PLC - Motivating volunteer support heritage projects.

3. Dr. Mike Wood, Chairman Class G5 Locomotive Company Ltd. - Trails and tribulations of a new build project.

4. John Seale, DP2LT Rail Historian - Applying new engineering technology to a heritage rail project.

5. Paul Abell, DP2LT Publications Consultant - Building Cock O' The North in the railway heritage exhibition centre.

The speakers will all be available for a Q&A session towards the end of proceedings. This promises to be a lively and interesting meeting. So come along & enjoy an hour or two in our company and savour the thrilling prospect of railway heritage centre to celebrate Doncaster's rich history in which a streamlined P2 locomotive will be built. 

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks & assorted confectionery will be on offer for visitors from 11:30 onwards. Presentation commences at 12:00hr.

For further information contact: mike.hobdell@cockothnorth.co.uk or look on our Facebook page @P2Trust

Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE.

4. New WEIRD Planet Wonkfest v3.0 - February 10th

Number 3 in a series of bespoke arts and music 'wonkfests' from the NEW WEIRD PLANET in affiliation with Doncopolitan arts magazine, delivering yet another eclectic evening of wonderfully wayward warpwerks, installations, alt-music, wordplay and curiosities. 

The v3.0 freq.show features such artists as ... 

YUMAH
Beguiling acapella textural soundscapes from Nottingham's Lucy Morrow. One voice, one looper pedal. 

BLEEDING TOOTH
Doncaster-based Tom Constantine makes Zappa-shaped ear candy with a scrabbling Beefheart word salad on the side. Elements of avantjazz, prog, sludge metal and exploratory sonic surgery. Equally playful and disturbing.

PULSELOVERS
Woozy melodic electronica with a sense of the kosmiche from adopted Doncastrian, Mat Handley (VCM, Lupus, Vamonos P.). NWP is treated to a full band exploration of programmed material. A thing of motorik beauty.

KLAGG
Dissonant instrumental doom-laden tempo experiments from Donny sludge metal duo, Wulf Coxtar and James Stanley.

EXPERIMENTAL SONIC MACHINES
As seen on 'Britain's Got Talent', DIY electronica and circuitbent pop from Simon Cowell-baiting, mad professor of sonic and fashion invention. 

MANGABROS.
A set of damaged disco and porno karaoke from Donny's own 'psycho ballardian electrobluesmen'. Crunching glitchy bowel-quaking subsonic dancefloor and twisted progtronica.

Curator: BI-POLAR ABDUL. 

ADVANCE TICKETS 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-weird-planet-wonkfest-v30-tickets-41817035880?aff=es2

Very limited spaces on first come, first served basis. Tickets available soon for just the price of a decent pint*

Doncopolitan, 83 Copley Road, Doncaster, DN1 2QP.

5. The Festival of British Railway Modelling - 10th-11th February 

Come and enjoy the 22nd Festival of British Railway Modelling from 10th- 11th February 2018 at the Doncaster Racecourse, another premier event for hobby enthusiasts, novices and families to enjoy.

The show will feature more than 30 fantastic layouts with a 'Best of British' theme and a vast trade area featuring must-have items in a variety of major scales, era and gauges from over 80 quality traders. There will be expert demonstrations, giving you an opportunity to enhance your modelling skills.

This is a great day out for all the family, both you and the children will find something amongst the many diverse types of modelling on display to admire. Children's step stools are available so they can watch the train sets working and ask any questions. Visit the children's area to make Free kits from Dapol, enter a colouring competition with prizes from Hornby, plus a 'guess the layout' sheet and a railway-themed wordsearch.

There will be expert demonstrations, giving you an opportunity to enhance your modelling skills. Whether you're new to the hobby or looking to stock up on essentials, our Doncaster Show offers something for everyone.

Booking in advance will ensure you save up to £2 on your entry, have 30 minutes' early entry and receive a free show guide on arrival.

Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB.

6. Kirk Bramwith Snowdrop Festival 2018 - 10th-18th February

The always-popular Snowdrop Festival at Kirk Bramwith church returns in 2018.

Come along and marvel at the splendour of these lovely first signs of spring, brightening up a wintery weekend.

On the Saturday take the oppotunity to browse the cake, craft, plan and bric-a-brac stalls as well as trying your luck on the tombol and raffle.

The church will be open to visitors on the Sunday with refreshments available both days.

Sunday 11th is Snowdrop Festival Walk day. Meet at the Swing Bridge, Forstead Lane, Barnby Dun. A stroll along the canal at Barnby Dun to view the snowdrops, with refreshments available at Kirk Bramwith church afterwards. All welcome.

Additionally: The Church will be open and with refreshments available on Satuday 17th and Sunday 18th February too.

Saint Mary's Church, Kirk Bramwith, Doncaster DN7 5SW

7. Brodsworth Hall Fairies Garden Trail - 10th-18th February

Psst, did you see that? Fairies are hiding all around the gardens of Brodsworth Hall and they need your help to find them. Pick up your trail sheet from the visitor centre and head out on an adventure. You might even stumble upon a fairy village as you go!

If you need a helping hand, join our fairy catcher, at 11am, 12.45pm or 2.15pm every day, to hear tales of mischief and mayhem caused by the Brodsworth fairies. Discover how to tell the difference between good and bad fairies, and if you have any hiding in your home!

Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ.

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.

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