Category Archives: Doncaster

SIX MONTHS TO GO AND DONCASTER IS ALREADY GEARING UP FOR THE ST LEGER FESTIVAL

 What do 65,000 racegoers, 10,000 Hospitality guests, 4,000 pairs of complimentary flip flops, 5,000 jugs of Pimms and 6,000 bottles of Champagne mean to the South Yorkshire market town of Doncaster?

It must be the legendary St Leger Festival – the highlight of the racing calendar and home to the world’s oldest Classic – as well as fantastic occasion as Doncaster enjoys ‘race week’.

 “The St Leger Festival is always a fantastic occasion for Doncaster and enjoyed not just by the townsfolk but by racegoers from across the county and beyond,” said Abby Chandler Marketing Manager Doncaster Racecourse. “The town is hugely popular for day visitors with many flocking to enjoy its iconic racing scene. But, as the new Hilton hotel next to the racecourse commences construction we are delighted that more race goers will have somewhere close by to stay for longer in 2018 and enjoy other elements of the town and St Leger Festival.”

 Chris Dungworth, Investment and Tourism Team Manager for Visit Doncaster added; “We work closely with the Racecourse team to ensure the whole town can enjoy the St Leger Festival in a variety of ways. It is a week long festival that brings so much to the Doncaster economy, really is the highlight of our calendar and such a historic event that the people of Doncaster are very proud of.” 

Wednesday 13th will see Leger Legends Day take place, whilst the finest fillies in the region flock to the course on Thursday for Ladies Day. Friday is Gentleman’s Day, where male visitors are encouraged to dust down their finest attire in the hope of being crowned ‘Best Dressed Gent’ and St Leger Day on Saturday usually gets sold out first as race goers flock to witness one of the highlights of the racing calendar, the St Leger Stakes. 

“There is a fantastic atmosphere in the town in the days leading up to the St. Leger Festival and during it with special events and live music scheduled, as well as the highlight of the fashion calendar the Best Dressed Lady event,” said Abby. 

Abby concluded: “Doncaster is incredibly proud of its racing heritage and this has passed from generation to generation.  In fact, many locals will tell you about the closure of the town’s factories and businesses due to race week and how the local community would flock to the racecourse to enjoy a day out at the races.”

 This year’s festival takes place from 13th – 16th September with tickets on sale now. Early Bird Offers will be available for a period of time and include 10% discount for Grandstand Groups, tickets for Saturday in the family enclosure reduced to £10 and a special £10 discount and £5 drinks voucher for each day in the Grandstand (excluding Saturday). 

A number of special packages, including hospitality, are also available if booked in advance.  For further information and to buy tickets visit http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixtures/?mn=09&yr=2017

UPTOWN FUNK TO HIT THE TOWN MOOR TURF!

Doncaster Racecourse, home to world class racing and summer venue to global music stars, is delighted to announce that DJ Mark Ronson will be performing after racing at the Construction Index Race Day on Saturday 1st July 2017.

 Ronson, five-time-Grammy-award winning artist and producer, who has worked with huge names in the industry will showcase his inimitable talent to the crowds who are expected to flock to the event. 

“Mark Ronson is a hugely popular musical talent who is guaranteed to create a fantastic party atmosphere for our race goers and we are thrilled to welcome such a renowned name to our venue,” said Abby Chandler Marketing Manager Doncaster Racecourse. “He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry across the last two decades and we are sure that it will be an evening packed of iconic hits that everyone knows.”

 Ronson has always been a major player in the music scene across the world but perhaps is best known for his work with legends such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and his own release the memorable ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars.

 “Our ‘Sun Bets’ Music Live nights are always a real highlight of our summer season and are the perfect event for race goers and music lovers alike often with one discovering a new found love of the other!” said Abby. “Our evening racing is a really enjoyable occasion for racing aficionados and also family and friends taking advantage of the long summer nights to spend quality time together.”

 Tickets are now available and are priced from just £28. Details and timings will be released closer to the event.

 Further details can be found by visiting http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixtures/?mn=07&yr=2017

HALF TERM AND HORSES – A WINNING COMBINATION

 With only a matter of days until the first school holiday of the year, thoughts of parents, guardians, grandparents and carers are sure to turn towards keeping the children entertained.

So if you are looking to give the children a day out to remember this half term, why not seize the opportunity to introduce them to the sport of horse racing. It’s a hugely popular pastime in Yorkshire with nine courses in the county, including Doncaster –  the setting for a fantastic family fun day on Wednesday 22nd February.

“Our family fun days are always very popular and are a superb opportunity for a very enjoyable day out for young and old alike,” said Abby Chandler Marketing Manager Doncaster Racecourse. “Grandstand ticket are just £10 for the opportunity to experience a race card packed with quality racing and lots of activities for children to enjoy both on the course and inside our family friendly facilities.”

During the day there will be a range of free activities including a selection of fairground rides, face painters, a colouring station and children’s disco which provides fun, interactive entertainment with prizes to be won!

“This event is also supported by ‘Great British Racing’ who are actively encouraging younger generations to discover every element of horse racing from choosing it as a career to enjoying it as a spectator sport perhaps even owning a race horse one day,” said Abby. “Just a handful of meetings remain of the 2016/17 National Hunt season at Doncaster so this fixture allows everyone to enjoy the thrill of ‘the jumps’.”

Gates open at 12noon and the first race is scheduled for 1.40pm. The final race is at 4.55pm. All children under 18 receive free entry to the course when accompanied with a paying adult.

For further information and to buy tickets visit http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixture/betbright-raceday-2/