10 Things we love about living in Doncaster

The press don’t always portray Doncaster in the most positive way – but we just love it here! As well as being a proud part of Yorkshire, Doncaster has its own unique identity that make it a great town for everyone.

Here are our top 10 reasons to love living in Doncaster (in no particular order):

Theatre and Arts for All

Doncaster’s theatre, Cast, is so much more than a performance venue. It’s a creative centre for the whole community. As well as an eclectic range of shows: classical music, comedy, thought-provoking plays, pantomime, you’ll find workshops and classes for all ages.

Going to the Races

Doncaster’s racecourse is home to one of the biggest races in the calendar – The St Leger – and it’s one of the most historic racecourses in Britain. There has been racing here for over 400 years and a day at the races is always a great experience. While the St Leger meeting in the Autumn is the highlight, there are plenty of race days to enjoy all year round with both flat and jump meetings.

doncaster races

Our Football Teams

They may not be Premier League heavyweights, but Doncaster Rovers have a rich 140 year history and an enthusiastic fan base. Our women’s team, the Belles, are real trailblazers. Established 50 years ago, for many years they dominated the women’s game, winning 6 FA cups and reaching the final 7 more times.

The Markets

Markets have always been a key part of Doncaster’s culture and the Wool Market has recently been refurbished to create a trendy and relaxing place to eat, drink, shop and be entertained. You’ll still find traditional market stalls here too with fresh produce (the fish is particularly good) and lots of other traders.

Retail Therapy

Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping is the place to go for famous names at bargain prices. There are plenty of options for eating and drinking too.

Getting Active Outdoors

You’re never far from the countryside in Doncaster so it’s easy to get out and about and improve your physical and mental health. Check out The Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre for watersports and other adventure activities.

Wild Adventures

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to some amazing animals from big cats and bears to cute meerkats and wallabies.  The walk-through experience means you can see the animals up close for a real adventurous day out with the family.

yorkshire wildlife park meerkat

History

With links back to the Norman Conquest, Conisbrough Castle on the outskirts of Doncaster is a proper (if now ruined) castle with a striking tower. If you love history you’ll find plenty here and the views from the top are fabulous.

Stately Homes

Doncaster and the surrounding area boast a number of gorgeous stately homes for relaxing days out. Our two favourites are Cusworth Hall with it’s interesting museum and county park and elegant Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

Well Connected

Much as we love Doncaster, there will be times you want to get away – even if just for a short time!

And Doncaster’s great connections make it easy.

The A1M and the East Coast main line get you to London for a taste of the big city and Scotland for unspoilt countryside. Plus lots of great places in between.

And for some summer sunshine, Doncaster Robin Hood airport gets you to most popular European destinations – and quite a few further afield.

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