things to do in doncaster

Now when you think of Doncaster if you are local, you might think of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park or the Doncaster Racecourse, but actually there is so much more to my hometown Doncaster.

I am the first to forget what Doncaster has to offer as it’s just our local area. Recently myself and David have been having a look around for things to do in Yorkshire, so I thought why not have a dig around and see what is right under our noses in Doncaster. I haven’t been to a few of the places and some I didn’t even know existed which is crazy. I will just say a little about each place as there are so many but I will link to each website.

This is what I found ….

1) Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This had to be my number one, my happy place. We have the annual passes and we love it. They have loads of animals and have recently rescued some brown bears too. Go check this place out you wont regret it.

2)  Cast Doncaster

If you want to see a show/pantomime this is the place to go, they host shows like this and so much more. My daughter has performed at the Cast in The Adams Family and Legally Blonde with the New Youth Theatre. Check out the website to see what’s on. ​

3)  Doncaster Racecourse

We have been to the races quite a few times and it’s a great day out, from the Family Fun Day race-cards to The Grand Leger. It’s not only a racecourse they have events on too. Again check the website to see what’s on.

4)  Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

Brodsworth Hall has been on our doorstep all of our lives and it was just last week that we went for the first time after purchasing English Heritage passes. Omg the gardens are stunning, definitely our new favourite place for Instagram pics. The Hall itself is so beautiful too.

5)  Doncaster Markets

Doncaster Market is open on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. They have Goose Hill Market which is indoors, an outdoor market, the Fish Market, an International Food Hall, the Corn Exchange and a Wool Market which is undergoing a major refurb. Doncaster Market is one of the best markets around and I think we take it for granted and forget about it. I can’t wait to see the refurb to be complete in December 2018.

6)  Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Another place I totally forget about if I’m honest. It is a great place full of history, local history and fine arts plus things to do with the kids to keep them entertained. It is totally FREE to get in too.

7)  Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

If you fancy a day outdoors this is place to go. You can go on walks, look at wildlife and do some bird spotting. They have a visitors centre, a cafe and gift shop too. Check out there website

8)  South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

The Museum is great for families and aircraft enthusiasts. It has aircrafts from the first airshow in Britain in 1909 to modern fast jets. ​

9)  The Dome

I recently featured this in my ​10 Things to do in Yorkshire even if it rains post, please go check that out for further details.

10) Doncaster Minster

This stunning church is in the heart of Doncaster, you can’t really miss it. It really is beautiful and worth going to have a look around if you are in Doncaster centre. You can also request a guided tour or a talk about the history and heritage of the Minster.


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11) Cusworth Hall

Cusworth Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, it is surrounded by beautiful grounds and lakes. There is lots to do at Cusworth, you can visit the Hall and Museum, there is a park the kids will love and some great walking trails. Also they have a Tea Rooms and Bistro. Please visit the website for further details.

12) Markham Grange Nurseries

I really like Markham Grange you can buy allsorts from plants to a tarantulas. They have a parrot I could spend all day talking to in the animal centre too. I love looking at all of the old and new furniture they have, they have other shops too like an XL clothing shop plus so much more.

13) Conisbrough Castle

This is another English Heritage property we have visited recently for the very first time. We went with Corben and met with his friend, they had loads of fun whilst learning and they didn’t even realise haha! Conisbrough castle is a medieval castle built in the 11th century but had some more recent renovations in 2013. It really is a great place to visit.

14) Frenchgate Shopping Centre

We are very lucky in Doncaster, we are a Town not a City yet we have some amazing shops. Unless you are after more designer gear you have most high street shops all under one roof in the Frenchgate Centre or around the town centre. The Town Centre is a busy vibrant place to shop, with lots of places to eat and drink.

15) Doncaster Greyhound Racing

If you fancy a change from the horses, Doncaster has 2 Greyhound Stadiums. A large stadium called Doncaster Greyhound Stadium where you can bet, eat, drink and party at the disco afterwards, I have had some great nights there. We also have a smaller stadium called Askern Greyhound Stadium, it is family run (I personally know the family) and my dad works there, so say hi to Trev if you visit haha. They also have a cafe and a bar plus it has a lovely family feel to it.

16) ​Enigma Live Escape Rooms

I never knew this place was here and I am so excited. I thought the closest place to do something like this was Sheffield or Leeds. I have wanted to do one of these for a few years now and never got round to going. If you don’t know what this is, Enigma have 4 escape rooms where you have to work together with your group to figure out how to escape the room within a set time. The rooms are named Mafia, Ward 13, Hostage and The Heist. How cool do they sound. Definitely go check out the Website. ​

17) Mansion House

Living in Doncaster I always knew the Mansion House was there but I never really thought too much about going in. Well it turns out they do afternoon tea, tea dances and it is open to have a look around for free. All the days and times are on the website, so please take a look before planning your visit as they are only on set days and times.

18) Lakeside Village / Lake​

As well as the Frenchgate Centre we have a few other shopping outlets around Doncaster, one being Lakeside Village. This shopping village has around 45 shops a lot being discount stores like Next Outlet. Their website says you can save up to 60% in some shops. They have a couple of coffee shops and I love the Cadbury shop. If you want some lunch they have a Beefeater and some fast food restaurants. Over the road from Lakeside Village they have the beautiful Lakeside Lake, where we love taking the dog for a walk around. It is a stunning place, you can take a picnic and spend a few hours there plus you can get some great photos. ​

19) ​Boston Park Farm

Boston Park Farm is a family run farm with lots of extras. As well as meeting the farm animals, they have events on and run a little farmers workshop in term time, they also have a maze which is open from mid July to the end of October. They have a lovely tea rooms and a play park too. It is a lovely place to go with the kids.

20) Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre​

I remember going here with school and did a few water sports, it was so much fun. I haven’t been since so I checked the website recently and there is so much you can do now, plus it is a camping site. They do water sports and land based activities, including Canoeing, Kayaking and Sailing. If you are the outdoors type this is definitely for you. Check out the website for full details on what they have to offer.


So who knew there was this much to do in Doncaster and there is actually so much more too. We have some nice bars and restaurants in and around the surrounding villages of Doncaster, but that could be a separate blog entirely. I hope this guide has given you some new ideas.

Let us know how you’ve got on at any of these places…

Thanks for reading,

Donetta 🙂


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