ST LEGER FESTIVAL WEEK will be about much more than racing this year as the town’s tourism chiefs take advantage of the influx of visitors to Doncaster to offer a range of entertainments for all the family.
Highlight of the week’s programme of events will be a Roman experience, when a historical re-enactment group in the role of Roman legionaries will pitch camp in the grounds of Doncaster Minster - site of the Roman fort of Danum around which the modern town was built.
The ‘gladiators’ will put on demonstrations of Roman battle techniques on Leger Saturday and children are invited to dress up in costume and have a go with the weapons themselves. There will also be displays by Arabian dancers.
Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “Most people don’t realise that Doncaster has a 2000 year history and is one of England’s very oldest towns, and a very important Roman settlement. This is a great chance to find out more about the town’s long and varied history. The Romans are just one of the highlights of the many events happening during St Leger Festival Week.”
‘This promises to be a great weekend of activities for all the family”, added Colin Joy, Doncaster Council’s Tourism Manager. “Visitors will be able to see the Roman Army march through town on both days, as well as displays of drill, Roman coin making, and learning how to write their name in Latin script.”
The Romans will be in town from 10am-4pm on Saturday and from 10am until 3pm on Sunday.
There are over 150 events taking place during the 10 day festival including Doncaster’s biggest free music event – Doncaster Live - heritage walks, art exhibitions, a Medieval Autumn Fayre, champagne brunches, Proms in the Park, wine tasting at the Minster and a beer festival. This year’s Festival is sponsored by Travel South Yorkshire.
Many local pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants are putting on special events during the Festival, including the Red Lion pub where the St Leger Stakes was founded in 1776. The full event listing can be found at www.visitdoncaster.com/stleger