Five fabulous things to do this week

The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally
The Dragon Boat racing at Rother Valley in aid of Neurocare locally
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Our pick of the best events across the region this week.

Get your sailing attire at the ready for Doncaster’s annual Dragonboat Race, which is due to take place this weekend.

Now in its fifth year, the Doncaster Tourism and St George’s Rotary Club’s racing championship looks set to be the biggest and best yet.

This year will see 36 teams of all ages and abilities line up as they take the water aboard 30 foot, beautifully decorated Chinese dragon boats.

Proceeds will go to The Eve Merton Trust, a charity which helps grant wishes to cancer patients in the borough .

WHERE: Doncaster Lakeside

WHEN: Saturday between 10.30am and 4pm

HOW MUCH: Free

CONTACT: Call 01302 736036

2 history with the nasty bits

The Horrible Histories stage tour is back, with a brand new and even more horrid 3D show.

The Barmy Britain show takes you through history with all of the nasty bits left in and asks can you beat battling Boudicca? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry?

Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Can King Charles keep his head? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin?

WHERE: Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

WHEN: Runs from July 15-19

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £12

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 249 6000

3 saturday night takeaway

Everyone’s favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec, are back on the road again with their Saturday Night Roadshow tour, which stops off in the region this week.

Irish dance sensation Riverdance will showcase a spectacular performance at every show. Ashley Roberts will host a very special Ant vs Dec contest.

The duo will also be joined by celebrity guest announcers and one lucky audience member will get the chance to Win the Ads where prizes include a Suzuki Swift car.

WHERE: First Direct Arena, Leeds

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £24

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0844 248 1585 to book.

4 foot stomping fun

Doncaster acoustic foot-stompers, Rita Payne, are set to bring their incredible live show to the Steel City for one night only.

Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike.

The talented duo were also commissioned to write the ‘Official Anthem of Doncaster’ at the opening of the town’s new multi-million pound performance venue, Cast.

WHERE: Sheffield City Hall

WHEN: Tonight from 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £10

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 2789 789 to book

5 plenty of laughs

The Cast Comedy Club returns this week with an Edinburgh Festival preview featuring two excellent performers.

Described as an ‘effortlessly brilliant’ comedy performer, Justin Moorhouse, tops the bill and has also appeared on Phoenix Nights, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

A former Funny Women and City Life Comedian of the Year finalist as well as Hoot Best New Act, Rachel Fairburn is the other act on the bill and cuts a compelling onstage figure as a demure but ultimately doom-laden Mancunian with twisted imagery in droves.

She will be previewing material from her Edinburgh Festival show ‘All The Fun Of The Fairburn’.

WHERE: Cast Theatre, Waterdale, Doncaster

WHEN: Saturday night from 8pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £12.50

CONTACT: To book call 01302 303959