The 2014 St Leger racing Festival will take place from the 5th to 14th September.
Once again we are celebrating Doncaster’s long history and rich heritage, centred around the oldest classic horse race in the world.
The Romans are coming, complete with gladiator contests, military displays and marches through town and kids can even join the Roman Army!
We have a brand new production of Kes at Cast Theatre, commissioned especially for this year’s festival and sure to be a big hit with visitors and residents alike. There are history talks and guided walks (including one through Ted Hughes’ Mexborough) and there’s live music every single day of the festival – from folk to jazz, from rock to classical and from blues to opera!
Brodsworth Hall is hosting a variety of events throughout the week and Doncaster Museum takes a fresh look at Robin Hood in an intriguing mini-exhibition – was he really a local lad from Doncaster?
We’ve also teamed up with Potteric Carr, English Heritage and Yorkshire Wildlife Park to offer free entry deals as part of this year’s festival – see inside the guide for full details. And we’re delighted that Ladbrokes are once again the festival’s main sponsor.
With well over 200 things to do over the week, we suggest you pop the kettle on, open up the Festival Guide and plan your 10 days in Doncaster.
It’s going to be one amazing week – St Leger Festival Week!
St Leger Festival is Social
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St Leger Festival Week Facts:
Since 1776 the St Leger Stakes – the world’s oldest classic horse race –has been the biggest event in Doncaster’s social calendar.
The St Leger Festival Week is a 10 day celebration of racing, music, fine food, arts and culture. Alongside four days of race meetings, visitors from all over the world will come to enjoy:
Roman soldiers set up camp at the Minster with marches and displays through town
Doncaster Live – a free open air rock concert in the historic Market Place
Opera, live music and dancing in Regent Square
Champagne breakfasts at venues throughout town
Live music throughout the week, from jazz to folk to rock
Special shows at the Cast, Doncaster Little Theatre and The Dome, with comedy nights, plays and live bands
Funfairs at Doncaster racecourse
Organ recitals and wine tasting at the Minster
And much, much more!
Stay a few extra nights in Doncaster and enjoy shopping at Doncaster Market (now officially the best in Britain), the Frenchgate Centre or Lakeside and take in some of the top attractions such as Brodsworth Hall, Conisbrough Castle or the Yorkshire Wildlife Park with its lions and tigers!
For more information on St Leger Festival Week, or to order your copy of the Doncaster Visitor Guide, please use the contact details below.
Tourist Information Centre
| Tel: 01302 734309
The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street, Doncaster, DN1 1DE