September events: Celebrate Doncaster at the St Leger Festival

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Join the party at The William Hill St Leger Festival, 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 one of the biggest events 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 every 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, or indulge in some wine tasting at the Minster during the town’s beer festival.

The St Leger Stakes takes place between 11-14 September, with plenty of events and things to do in the surrounding days.

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St Leger Day at Doncaster RacecourseSt Leger Day at Doncaster Racecourse © Doncaster Tourism
The thrilling finish to the St Leger at Doncaster RacecourseThe thrilling finish to the St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse © Doncaster Racecourse
Roman soldiers marching at St Leger Festival WeekRoman soldiers marching at St Leger Festival Week © Doncaster Tourism
Kids joining in with the Roman ArmyKids joining in with the Roman Army © Doncaster Tourism
Live opera in Doncaster's town centre during Race WeekLive opera in Doncaster's town centre during Race Week © Doncaster Tourism

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