Doncaster Heritage Festival 22 April – 7 May 2017

This year's Heritage Festival will be the biggest and best ever! Doncaster's Heritage Services have put together a varied programme of events, talks and workshops & there should be something for everyone!

You can view the full programme of events by downloading the Heritage Festival Brochure.

Here are just a few highlights of this year's festival:

D.D.H.A. Local History Fair (Doncaster & District Heritage Association)
Sat 22 April | 11am-4pm | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | FREE
Re-enactments, family activities, games, stalls, entertainment and displays - there will be all sorts going on throughout the day at the Annual D.D.H.A. Local History Fair, organised by the member groups of the Doncaster & District Heritage Association, so come and join us for a great day out!


The St Leger: The World’s First Classic Horse Race 
Mon 24 April | 7.30pm – 9pm | Grand St Leger Hotel | £5
Doncaster’s finale to the British Classics rarely fails to provide a story and Tony Barber’s recently published history, The St Leger: The World’s First Classic Horserace, recalls such stories.  It reminds us that many of the racing worlds great stars count the St Leger, a test of stamina for the three year old horses, in their victories.  

An evening not to be missed!

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email 


Brewers' Inquisition: Heritage Edition

Tue 25 April | 8pm - Onwards | Doncaster Brewery & Tap | 50p each (Max team size 6) 

Heritage themed Quiz Night at The Doncaster Brewery Tap.  Pit your wits and intellect against the grumpy brewer (grumpy because the prize is free beer)!
The winning team will receive tokens for 6 pints of beer (valid for 1 week) and there will also be a cash prize jackpot quiz during the evening.

Limited space available so arrive early to avoid disappointment.


May Day at Cusworth Hall
Sun 30 April | 1pm – 4pm | Cusworth Hall & Park | FREE (small charge for family craft activities)
A fun afternoon out for all the family as we celebrate May Day at Cusworth Hall! Try your hand at Maypole dancing with our very own Cusworth Maypole, meet Cook in the Great Kitchen and try a sample of her Spring-time cooking, have a go at our family trails inside the Hall, and take part in our family craft activities which will have a May Day theme. 


The David Hey Memorial Lecture (Professor Carenza Lewis): Plague, Pits and Public Archaeology – Unearthing the impact of the Black Death
Tue 2 May | 7.30pm | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery |  £8
The Black Death killed millions as it swept across medieval Europe and Asia, but its impact has hitherto been difficult to assess due to a lack of robust contemporary data.  This year Time Team's Professor Carenza Lewis will talk about her ten-year programme of 2,000 archaeological excavations in the village gardens of eastern England which has demonstrated that the population was reduced by around 45% and shown exactly how badly different rural communities were affected.  She will finish by highlighting how extending this programme across the UK Europe and beyond could involve members of the public of all ages and backgrounds in making ground-breaking new research on their doorstep.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email


Ambulance Trains - A Talk led by Alison Kay, archivist at the National Railway Museum.
Thu 4 May | 10.30am-11.30am | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | £3
During WWI, ambulance trains were used both at home and abroad to carry sick and wounded men away from the front line. They were filled with men suffering from terrible medical conditions and were often crowded, smelly, dirty, and dangerous. Over two million men were lucky enough to be transported all the way back to the UK where they could recover in ‘Blighty’ hospitals.

This talk will focus on this relatively unknown story of the First World War ‘home front’ experience and will feature information from the Doncaster area.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email 


The History of Afternoon Tea with Meryl White
Thu 4 May | 2pm – 4pm | Taste Eatery | £10 (price includes an afternoon tea)
Explore the origins and the characters involved in creating this quintessential British tradition and what makes the perfect afternoon tea with Meryl White, author of Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking. 

Ticket includes an afternoon tea (to include tea, scone, cream and jam, finger sandwiches and assorted cakes).

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email 



The Doncaster Heritage Festival is organised by Doncaster Heritage Services and is delivered by partners across the borough for all to enjoy.  For more information please contact Doncaster Local Studies on 01302 734307 or email

Last updated: 22 March 2017 16:59:42