St. Leger Festival - 10 of The Best 8-9 Sept

As Doncaster gets ready for the busiest week of the year, there are many many events planned for this weekend to kick-off the Leger Festival.

As we've so much on offer, we're sharing with you a bumper 10 of The Best edition of our weekly events roundup.


1. The Mansion House in Regency

Discover life in Regency Doncaster and meet the costumed characters this Saturday at the Mansion House, High Street, Town Centre.

The Mansion House was the residence of the Mayor of Doncaster from 1750 to 1922 and as such was finished in a manner, which reflected the importance, dignity and tradition of the office of the First Citizen of the Borough. 


Join in and find out about tea tasting, lace making, period costumes and much more. With a treasure trail and palour games on offer, there's plenty for all the family at this fun and informative event. FREE ADMISSION.

Saturday 9th September 10:30am - 2:30pm


2. DNweekeND Festival 2017

DNweekeND is back to kick off the Doncaster St Leger Festival week, animating the town centre with amazing performance, family fun and free things to do!

Join us at Nigel Gresley Square as we see out the summer in style. With dance, theatre, circus, music and more.

Project_Vee- Circus Geeks and PanGottic - Sir Nigel Gresley Square

Saturday 9th September at 2pm and 5pm

Sunday 10th September at 12:30pm and 3:30pm

Juggling meets roulette wheel: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet-era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. When steel, concrete and motors meet, Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. A 25-minute juggling duet based around a spinning seesaw structure, raising up to 3m high.

The Lift- Wet Picnic - Sir Nigel Gresley Square and Waterdale

Saturday 9th September at 12pm and 4:30pm

Sunday 10th September at 12:30pm and 3:30pm

The Lift returns to Doncaster, after delighting audiences at the Delicious Doncaster Festival. Three hilarious bellhops invite you to step inside their roving lift giving you a surreal theatrical experience that you won't forget. Each lift button chosen triggers a riotous scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in.

The Awakening- Stopgap Dance - Sir Nigel Gresley Square and Waterdale

Saturday 9th September at 1.10pm and 4:00pm

Sunday 10th September at 1:30pm and 3:30pm

The Awakening is an exhilirating dance piece involving four characters trapped in a strange but mesmerising ritual. Choreographed by learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia, The Awakening is performed by four disabled and non-disabled dancers. A quiet but simmering disruption in an outdoor space.

Roadworks- Etta Ermini Dance Theatre - Sir Nigel Gresley Square

Sunday 10th September at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

Roadworks is a 25 minute quirky and humorous engagement between a dancer and a BMX rider devised and directed by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. The dance theatre piece incorporates acrobatics, B-Boying, Contemporary dance, BMX-ing, music, clowning and physical theatre. A piece which is sure to enthuse all ages and backgrounds with its comedic narrative and high-octane movement vocabulary.

The Aperitif- Wet Picnic - Sir Nigel Gresley Square

Saturday 9th September at 1.30pm and 6pm

Sunday 10th September at 2pm

From the fantastically bizarre minds of Wet Picnic (The Lift) comes 'The Aperitif'; an eccentric take on a silent disco combined with a communal experience and thought provoking satire. A mix of surreal, physical and downright silly comedy! In preparation for their annual ball, Lord Gredus, has decided to offer some of his potential guests the chance to have a taste of the high life, a sneak peak of power, class and indulgence.

His faithful staff however have other ideas in mind! So in a pre-determined location, guests are invited to attend the Gredus Aperitif and join the french waiters for a dinner to remember.

Lance Moi En L’Air- Joli Vyann - Sir Nigel Gresley Square

Saturday 9th September at 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Sunday 10th September at 1pm and 2:30pm

Dance meets circus in this playfully acrobatic piece which translates in English to 'Throw me in the air' . Two performers meet and take you on an energetic physical journey. A captivating performance asks can we be strong whilst relaxed? Heavy whilst light? Grounded whilst levitated?

Follow the title link for a comprehensive run down of all DNweekeND events across the town centre.


3. Heritage Open Days - Doncaster Minster

A chance to see this wonderful Grade 1 listed church with extra displays on the history and heritage.

See the newly refurbished and restored WW1 Memorial to the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons. The work was undertaken in partnership with the DDHA who obtained HLF funding for the project.

Saturday 9th September 10:00-16:00  (Tower tours at 11:30 and 14:00)

Sunday 10th September  12:00-16:00

It is necessary to book places for the tower tours. The Minster Autumn Fair will be held on Saturday 9th September.

Contact  - .uk or telephone 01302 323748


4. Doncaster Brewery weekend events

Saturday 9th September - 8pm in The Upper Room - Comedy Night

Laugh a minute stand-up show including the enormously talented Liam Smith who writes:

I’m performing my own show called ‘I can’t help myself’ at Doncaster Brewery on Saturday 9th September. All the details are on this Facebook event – tickets £2.  


Sunday 10th September - 5pm in The Upper Room - Tom Townsend 

Tom Townsend is the embodiment of blues, jazz, pop and soul, all fused together in one magnetic indie package. Born and raised in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, he has entertained thousands over his 25 year career to date, becoming a respected local landmark in original music. 

Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who first picked up a guitar at the age of 10 after hearing Buddy Hollys’ ‘That’ll be the Day’, played to him by his father who is also a musician and singer. Since then, Tom has become proficient in both guitar and drums, and has also turned his hand to piano, mandolin and bass amongst other things.

Tickets are £8 advance or £10 on the door.  Tickets available from the bar and from We Got Tickets -

Doncaster Brewery offer 18 cask beers, 10 keg beers, 100+ World beers and rotating still traditional ciders. Food is available and seating in The Upper Room.


5. Big People Business at Diamond Live Lounge

The original Big People Business returns!

Big People Business: Country Man, Kenni Rollins, Gary G playing the best authentic Reggae music on the Quality Sound System, opening you up to a sound you'll never have heard of before. Big People Business are serious music lovers.

Bringing you live Kings of Lovers Rock, Mike Anthony and Winston Reedy - with guest DJs from across the country, DJ Country Man, Kenni Rollins and Gary G.

Sell out is definitely expected, get your tickets now. Diamond Live Lounge, Saturday 9th September 2017. 9pm - 3.30am.

Click Here for Tickets also available in person from Doncaster TIC, 1 Priory Place, Doncaster tel. 01302 734309


6. Light Wheels craft workshop

Be part of The Colour of Light! Come along with friends and family to join our team of professional artists, to create colourful light wheels. 

A fusion of light, colour and unity.  The light wheels will be created by local people (families and individuals) working in collaboration with professional visual artists, and within their own community settings.  This session is one of 10 running across Doncaster with the support of Right Up Our Street. View the other dates and venues on the Facebook events page here

Each colourful wheel will feature silhouette designs inspired by the key themes of Colour of Light (welcome, travel, immigration, travel, home etc), and will be designed and created by community members.  These will vary in size and detail, some created by individuals and pairs, some created by whole classes and groups. 

The wheels will be displayed as part of an installation at Cast for the Colour of Light celebrations that local residents will be able to enjoy and experience, both during the performance and after the performance.  The installation will symbolise the light of friendship and hope that comes from working in unity, and reaching out in welcome, adding to and enhancing the sense of a welcome celebratory procession of the piece.

Satuday 9 September, 10am FREE tickets, booked required.

For more information and to book tickets click the link

Online ticket booking



7. The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The brand new show debuted in 2016, comes to Doncaster Dome on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Direct from it’s success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

Using huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

"Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. "Authentic and Exciting” - The Stage.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets start from £20.00, call to book tickets for this event in person at the Box Office.

You can also book on 01302 537704 or 01302 538584 or click here for Online ticket booking


8. Heritage Open Days - Hyde Park Cemetery walk

Sunday 10 September 2017, 3pm - Guided Walk, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

The fifth guided walk of the year will take place on Sunday 10 September, starting at 3pm. This is another newly designed walk, entitled “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. The walk will visit the graves and tell the stories of people whose lives (or deaths) were associated with these three modes of transport.

As with previous Guided Walks, this one is free of charge, although donations to the Friends are always much appreciated. Please meet near the main entrance on Carr Lane, in good time for a prompt start at 3pm. The pace of the walk will be gentle and the total distance covered will be only about half to three quarters of a mile.

This walk is being held in association with Heritage Open Days 2017.



9. T20 Cricket Charity Fun Day

Join in the fun on Sunday 10th September at Doncaster Town Cricket Club.

Gates open at 12 noon and the action starts at 1pm.  Loads of family activities including BBQ, bouncy castles, trampolines and ice cream!

The match sees the Business All Stars take on the Commercial Legends - what an afternoon it's going to be.

Adult tickets cost £2.50, a family ticket is £5.00, kids under 16 go free.

For more information please email 


10. Heritage Open Days - Cusworth Hall

Heritage Open Day: 'Renewal and Renovation' - Sunday 10th September 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cusworth Hall is a fine example of a fashionable Georgian country house built by local landowner and lawyer William Wrightson. The house was significantly altered by renowned architect James Paine between 1749 and 1753. This year marks 300 years since the birth of James Paine in 1717, so our theme will be the renewal and renovation at Cusworth Hall since Paine's additions through to the last major works on the building in 1907. What interesting gossip did James Paine report to William Wrightson from London? When was electricity added to the Hall? And to what unintended use was the new lift put to in the twentieth century? All these questions and more will be answered on our friendly and informal guided tours!

The day will also include tours of the Walled Gardens with our Acting Head Gardener and original family documents from Doncaster Archives will be available to view.

Tours will run at regular intervals from 11am to 3pm from the entrance hall. Please note some parts of the tour are not accessible to wheelchair users