Celebrate Doncaster at the St Leger Festival

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Join the party at St Leger, the oldest classic horse race in the world, with an array of music, fine food, arts and culture – and racing of course!

Ever since its foundation in 1776, the St Leger stakes has been the biggest event in Doncaster’s social calendar. Over time, the four days of racing have expanded into a 10-day festival, celebrating 2,000 years of Doncaster's history and culture across the town each September.  

The festival programme has more than 200 events alongside the race meetings. Enjoy the spectacle of Roman soldiers setting up camp at the Minster and marching through town. Dance at Doncaster Live – a fantastic free rock concert – watch opera and live music in Regent Square, see special shows at the town’s theatres and have a ride at the funfairs by the racecourse. 

If you’re in an extra-celebratory mood, don’t miss a champagne breakfast, on offer at several venues, wine tasting at the Minster and the town’s beer festival.

Doncaster is in the North of England, 1 hour 35 minutes from London by rail.

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SSt Leger Day at Doncaster Racecourse © Doncaster Tourism
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LLive opera in Doncaster's town centre during Race Week © Doncaster Tourism

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