Doncaster Heritage Festival 2018

Celebrate our rich and varied history with a packed programme of events, talks, walks, exhibitions and workshops.


From Saturday 28th April- Sunday 13th May, there are activities and events to suit all interests whether you want to learn more about the borough’s Rebel Daughters and suffrage history, delve into Doncaster’s stories from the First World War, get an insight into crime and justice in the 19th century and step inside Hooton Pagnell Hall which was transformed into a hospital for wounded soldiers during the First World War.

Writer and producer Philippa Langley MBE will be delivering this year’s David Hey Memorial Lecture – The Looking for Richard Project. In 2012, Philippa led the successful search to locate the grave of King Richard III through the Looking For Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated and commissioned this unique historical investigation.

You can hear her incredible story at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery on Sunday 29th April. Tickets £8.

And just ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire visiting the borough in May, we also welcome writer Chris Sidwells to present a talk about The Life and Times of Doncaster Cyclist Tom Simpson on Tuesday 1st May. Tickets £3.

Launching this year’s Festival is the Local History Fair, organised by Doncaster and District Heritage Association, on Saturday 28th April 11am-4pm at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, which gets bigger and better each year with stalls, displays, family activities, craft demonstrations, re-enactments and entertainment. Free entry. 

Some of the many other Heritage Festival highlights include: 

  • The Sand House Rocks with the Sand House Charity and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association – a multimedia event featuring the Doncaster Youth Stageband and celebrating the 200 year combined heritage of the Sand House and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
  • Popular speaker Helen Cox gives a talk about the History of Chocolate - with samples for tasting!
  • Mexborough and District Local History Fair explores a bygone age in Mexborough and the surrounding areas of Doncaster and the Dearne Valley.
  • The free May Day at Cusworth Hall event will be held between 12noon and 4pm on Sunday 6th May at the hall and park. People can try their hand at Maypole dancing and have a go at family trails inside the hall. There will be some family craft activities, for which there will be a small charge.
  • A palaeography workshop at Doncaster Archives, between 10am and 12pm on Thursday 10th May. Borough archivist Dr Charles Kelham will lead an informal discussion on medieval script. Tickets are free but places need to be booked by calling 01302 859811.

For further details of these and more exciting events, visit our dedicated web page

Last updated: 05 April 2018 10:49:28