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 Bonfire Night has been a traditional British celebration for many years and this year a circus theme fireworks extravaganza is to be hosted at one of the town’s favourite attractions.

 Doncaster Racecourse, in conjunction with Hallam FM, will hold its glittering ‘Firework Spectacular’ event on Saturday 4th November with the family friendly event culminating in a musical firework display at 7.30pm,  which visitors will enjoy from a covered viewing area guaranteeing enjoyment, come rain or shine! 

“Bonfire Night is always great fun for all the family and we are keen to keep this tradition going strong in the town,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse. “Our event has been carefully thought out to ensure all members of the family can come along and have some fun.” 

Attractions and activities at the event include Mr Dan’s Circus Company where children will be encouraged to have a go in the Circus Workshop, face painting, fairground rides and stalls, and a fire trickster. Furthermore, a fancy dress competition will take place for those attending in circus themed costume. 

“We encourage families and groups of friends to get together and come and enjoy a fun few hours on home turf this Bonfire Night,” said Abby. “And remember, almost all entertainment is free once you’ve paid for your admission ticket including the firework display and huge children’s disco that will be taking place in the main hall.” 

Tickets can be pre-booked or purchased on the night. A family ticket (for 4 people) costs just £10. Individual tickets are available.

Fairground ‘Happy Hour’ will take place between 5.00pm and 6.00pm where small rides will be £1.50 and large rides £2.00. 

The event starts at 5pm and concludes at 8pm. 

For more information and to buy tickets visit


The coveted St Leger stakes trophy has had, as tradition dictates, its central element re-designed for this weeks 2017 William Hill St Leger Festival by Sheffield Silversmith Chris Knight.

Since 2007, when the new trophy was designed after the construction and redevelopment of Doncaster Racecoourse, a silversmith or sculptor receives the commission each year to create a new central element to the trophy – the part of the trophy which the lucky winner gets to keep – which, this year, renowned silversmith and original designer Chris Knight brings to life with his creative talent.

“Our Perpetual Trophy has over the years become something of a talking point and we are delighted with this year’s Yorkshire inspired element designed by Alison Counsell and manufactured by Chris Knight, both from Sheffield,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse. “And, so that everyone involved in the 2017 William Hill St Leger Trophy win can have a small memento, a graphic image of the design has been engraved on the awards for the winning trainer, jockey and groom.”

Alison has taken inspiration from the original trophy in 2007 which encompassed elements of Yorkshire including the iconic Yorkshire rose. This has been represented for the 2017 trophy by the use of silver with the petals of the rose rippling around the dish like ribbons.

“Racegoers on the Saturday, William Hill St Leger Day, will be able to see this iconic trophy presented after the world’s oldest classic has been run,” said Abby. “It’s always a special moment in our racing calendar at Doncaster and this fantastic trophy by Alison and Chris will only serve to reinforce its heritage and history in the horse racing industry.”

The William Hill St Leger Stakes, part of the British Champions Series, will take place at 3.35pm

Selected tickets are still available and can be obtained by visiting


Doncaster Racecourse has been florally transformed just in time for the William Hill St Leger Festival thanks to a partnership with local award winning garden centre Walkers Nurseries.

The popular family owned plant specialist was chosen to supply over 2,000 summer bedding plants to the racecourse for its floral borders and displays around the course’s public areas and parade ring.

“This is always a lovely time of the year as we see the course dressed for the packed live music events and the iconic St Leger race meeting,” said Tim Radford, Estates Manager Doncaster Racecourse. “We thank James and the team at Walkers for their creativity and providing such a plethora of flowers that help us make the course look so welcoming and colourful, which has seen us achieve a coveted 5 out of 5 for site presentation from Visit England.”

In addition to the summer bedding plants, troughs which surround the winner’s podium were supplied incorporating a selection of shrubs with varying colours and textures to give longevity to the display.

“We are very proud to have worked with racecourse team and support this iconic local business with its horticultural needs and we look forward to developing a long-term partnership with them,” said James Bodle from Walkers Nurseries. “The plants have been chosen to give depth and colour but be easily maintained to give a resplendent display during the summer months.”

“Strategic partnership such as this with Walker’s Nurseries reinforces our philosophy of buying local,” said Abby Chandler, Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse. “We’re really lucky that an award-winning garden centre is on our doorstep and delighted they are able to create such wonderful displays that will be blooming perfectly in time for the William Hill St. Leger festival.”

Tickets for St Leger Festival can be booked by visiting