Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire is the region’s busiest, hosting 36 racing meets annually from January to February including both jump and flat racing. Doncaster is a racing legend, home to the world famous Ladbrokes St Leger Festival in September. The racecourse combines the best of Yorkshire flat and National Hunt Racing with live music and entertainment. After racing concerts here are some of the best across all the 9 Yorkshire Racecourses!
Fixtures and Highlights
Alongside the celebrated week-long St Leger Festival, other highlights include the June Derby Day with live racing, great entertainment and events at Epsom Downs shown live on a big screen. The course also hosts numerous special themed days including Summer family fun days and Father’s Day racing events. Check the Doncaster racing calendar and look out for some great free racing night offers (usually via advanced booking). Racing features every month through the year at Doncaster, including midweek, weekend and evening racing meets. Doncaster always opens the British Flat Racing season with the March Lincoln Meeting and it ends the season with the November handicap!
St Leger Festival – September
The St Leger guarantees a thrilling week’s racing along with plenty of high fashion and glamour at Ladies’ Day included in the event. Held on the penultimate day, famous race The Doncaster Cup takes centre stage. One of Britain’s premier long-distance horse races, the Doncaster Cup is run across two and quarter miles, and is the last of the three ‘stayers’ – the Triple Crown Cups of Ascot, Goodwood and Doncaster! The festival’s last day is the event’s flagship day with iconic race, and the world’s oldest classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes – a real showpiece on the British racing calendar.
Facilities & Events
Recently refurbished Doncaster now has a fantastic 5 storey Grandstand at its heart with super stylish private hospitality suites and a choice of luxury and informal dining experiences. Whether you’re looking for a fun day out at the races with family and friends, looking for a superb conference venue or a great all-inclusive Stag or Hen day out with after racing concert, Doncaster Racecourse is where to head. Families are warmly welcomed – under 18s enter free accompanied by an adult.
Hospitality facilities and dining experiences are second to none at Doncaster. Choose from fine dining experiences at the Mallard and Conduit Restaurants or opt for the unique Champagne Pavilion Restaurant – a marquee designed specifically for Doncaster located on the Champagne Lawn, with Totepool betting facility and three course Chef’s buffet. Exceptional private suites and annual boxes are both available.
Doncaster Racecourse is just minutes from major motorway links including the A1, M1, M18 and the M62. The Racecourse is also served by nearby Robin Hood Airport (Sheffield Doncaster) just a 15 minute drive or taxi ride away making it easy for international visitors to enjoy race meets and events. Doncaster Railway Station is within easy reach and well connected to the National Rail network. Race Day Shuttle Bus Services operate between Doncaster Interchange and the Racecourse for all race meets. The racecourse even has a helicopter landing area – find out more on the official website.
Where to stay
Whatever time of year you’re planning a visit to Doncaster Racecourse, here on iknow we have the perfect accommodation option for your race meet accommodation. Choose from stylish hotels with parking in Doncaster, ideally close to the course featuring WiFi and restaurant, or stay in a spacious family friendly cottage around the racing town, within easy reach of Sheffield, the Peak District and Leeds. Book online or direct with iknow.