What’s On, w/c May 31

Maja Kowalska, nine, pictured with schoolfriends enjoying a celebration lunch to mark the schools 60th anniversary.  Picture: Marie Caley D3594MC
Maja Kowalska, nine, pictured with schoolfriends enjoying a celebration lunch to mark the schools 60th anniversary. Picture: Marie Caley D3594MC
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TODAY: KICK off the weekend in style with the Let’s Put On a Show concert at Doncaster Minster at 7pm. Tickets £3. Music from Doncaster Music Service, Rainbow Connections Choirs and Doncaster Concert Band.

TOMORROW: OWSTON Ferry will have a lot to crow about for the Jubilee weekend. They’ll be putting on a scarecrow competition as part of the celebrations. They’ll be judged from 1pm. All scarecrows should have a jubilee theme and be placed at the front of houses where they are visible from the road. Prizes, sponsored by Howard Dairies, will be awarded for the best entries.

SATURday: DANCE, music, craft activities, community stalls and fairground rides will all be on offer at a Jubilee extravaganza in Mexborough town centre from 10.30am to 2pm. Call 01709 589017 for more details.

SATURDAY: MEET the author of a book about a diamond specialist from 10am at Doncaster’s Waterstones. Crime writer Owen Carey Jones who will be signing copies of his book Rough Cut.

saturday: A CARNIVAL parade, raft race, fun fair, archery and exotic animals will all be heading to Askern. Festivities will begin with a float parade around the town at 10.15am.

SATURDAY: THERE have been some strange goings-on at the Frenchgate Centre this week. London-based dance company, Protein, has brought (in)visible dancing to the shopping centre - much to the confusion of some passers-by. At 3pm, it’s the grand finale - expect fun-filled dancing from all around.

SATURDAY: A TOMBOLA, cake stall and raffle will be among the activities at Maple Grove Communal Hall in Armthorpe. The village’s tenant and residents’ association has organised a jubilee gala from 11am.

SATURDAY: AN ARTS and craft market will be bringing knitting, crochet, textiles and vintage crafts to Doncaster Markets. The fair will be the first of many over the summer - taking place on the first Saturday of the month.

SATURDAY: GET your garden fit for a Queen with a bargain from the annual plant sale in Barnby Dun from 10am to 11.30am. The Garden Villagers are holding the sale at the Old School in Top Road.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: TOP-FLIGHT Motocross is coming to the FatCat Motopark near Armthorpe this weekend. For more information on the event, visit www.redbullpronationals.com. Ticket prices are £3 for children and £13 for adults.

SUNDAY: HYDE Park tenants and residents are putting on a Jubilee bash from 1pm to 4pm at the Community House on Clarke Avenue. Face painting, clowns, balloon modelling and a Make A Crown competition. Anyone wanting to enter needs to get their home-made crown to the judges before 1.30pm.

SUNDAY: Food, fun and games for all the family are being laid on at the Denaby Gala. Residents of Harrogate Drive are holding a party from midday onwards.

sunday to tuesday: TAKE a step back in time to 1912 at Brodsworth Hall’s Right Royal weekend. The Titanic had just sunk and King George V and Queen Mary were heading to South Yorkshire. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens are going to transform into a world of entertainment fit for a Royal visit. There will be a falconry display and a travelling cinema, showing newsreel of events making headlines in 1912. Activities run from 11am to 5pm from Sunday to Tuesday, with the Hall open from 1pm and the site itself open from 10am to 5.30pm. Admission prices are £9.30 for adults, £8.40 for concessions, and £5.60 for children.

SUNDAY: A TRADITIONAL Sunday roast dinner will be served up as part of Tickhill’s Jubilee celebrations. Dinner will be served with all the trimmings on Sunday at the Parish Rooms in Northgate with people asked to arrive at 12.15pm for a 12.30pm service. Tickets are £7. To book a place, or to find out more information, call John Masden on 01302 744142.

SUNDAY and MONDAY: TAKE a cruise on the Chesterfield Canal at 10am, 1pm or 4pm. The Canal Trust will be running the cruises from Drakeholes, just off the A631 near Gringley-on-the-Hill. Tickets cost £10. Bookings should be made in advance, call 07925 851569, or e-mail sethellis@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.

SUNDAY: CELEBRATE the Queen’s milestone and the opening of Doncaster’s new public square. Head to the Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Waterdale from 1pm to 5pm. Among the line-up are the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, the Doncaster Rock Choir and up-and-coming town star Max Bowker. The event is free.

MONday: A JUBILEE Tea Party and picnic is being organised on the recreation ground in Tickhill. The celebration will take place on Monday from midday until 6pm with a range of fun activities for all the family. There will be a teddy bears’ tea party, Punch and Judy shows and a stage with bands and entertainment from the Armthorpe and Elmfield Band and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. Drinks and refreshments will be available and admission is free. If anyone would like to help out on the day send an email to contact@tickhill-lions.com or phone 07752 688 340.

MONDAY: The Party in the Park event in Thorne will feature singers, bands and dancers. There will be a selection of traditional games, with medals and a bouncy castle to keep children amused. The model railway will also be operating. The event runs from 11am to 4pm in the Memorial Park, South Parade. Contact Town Clerk, Jeremy Sherlock on 01405 818015 for more information.

MONDAY: A BEACON will be lit in Askern to mark the jubilee. The bonfire is the only one being lit in the borough and is expected to be lit at about 10pm. Live entertainment will also be on offer.

MONDAY: A FUN-FILLED day of activities is on offer in Epworth. A parade of floats will leave the West End of the town at 11am, where they’ll go to the Market Square. From 1pm, the Jubilee Queen will be crowned at King’s Head Croft. Mr Magis will perform tricks and there will also be balloons and rides. Wesley Memorial Church in the High Street will be putting on a Celebration Tea Party from 3 to 5pm. A free exhibition of memorabilia and photographs of the Queen’s coronation will available at the Ivy Andrew Hall. Free swimming sessions will be available at Epworth Commmunity Swimming Pool. The climax of the day will be the lighting of a beacon at 10.30pm as part of a chain crossing the country.

MONDAY: GET yourself in the mood for the Olympics with a combined celebration of the big summer events. Take part in a series of events to try to win yourself a Jubilee medal. There will be a bouncy castle, refreshments, face painting and more. Call Janine Llewellyn 07504983662.

MONDAY: JUBILEE celebrations will hit fever pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium on Doncaster’s Lakeside. The Picnic in the Park event will kick off at 4pm. At 5.30pm, Abba hits will get the party started and at 7.30pm the Jubilee Concert will be beamed onto the big screen. Fairground rides, bouncy castle and balloon modelling will also be on offer. For further details or to book yourself in contact Chris Elliott, Scott Colbear or Gareth Alred on 01302 831388.

MONDAY: THE Eagle and Child in Auckley will be hosting the village’s Jubilee celebrations from 1pm. Enjoy a picnic in the beer garden as well as events and games. Families welcome. Call 01302 770406 for more details.

MONDAY: HEAD to the Holiday Inn in Warmsworth for entertainment from a Big Band as well as a barbecue. The event is due to take place from 5pm. Call Georgina Mullis on 01302 851901.

TUESDAY: FESTIVITIES will be going off with a bang in Edlington. A firework display will be part of the Jubilee event at the Yorkshire Main Recreation ground in Edlington Lane. Celebrations will begin in the late afternoon.

TUESDAY: CELEBRATIONS in Stainforth will take place on the New Park Estate playing fields from 2pm. Children’s rides and refreshments with a buffet in the communal hall. The Polton Close TARA has joined with Stainforth Parish Council Gala Committee to put on the event.

ALL WEEKEND: DRESS up in Royal attire to claim a free meal at the Barley Twist Table. Pint-sized kings and queens are invited to Doncaster’s High Fisher Gate to take part in a feast fit for a Queen.

TUESDAY: A QUEEN’S Diamond Jubilee Party will be held on the Play Park New Park Estate in Stainforth. From midday until 4pm. Entertainment includes a bouncy castle, a children’s entertainer, hook-a-duck and splat the rat. The event is open to children aged three to 11 by tickets only. Tickets available from Dave Moore on 01302 351016 or Lorraine Crosby on 07525 099005. Tickets cost £1, which includes a snack and a drink for all children.

FROM WEDNESDAY: GET those flags waving, don a crown and take part in the Hutch playscheme run by the Warren Nursery at the St Catherine’s site in Balby. A range of patriotic activities will be on offer on June 6, 7 and 8. Places on the playscheme cost £21 per child for a full day or £10.50 for a half day. Call 01302 796451 for more information.

WEDNESDAY: Take part in a day of celebrations with a Hungry Caterpillar theme. There will be activities taking place all day at Waterstone’s in Doncaster’s Frenchgate centre.

NEXT WEEK: CHECK out next Thursday’s Free Press for a round-up and photos from Doncaster’s Jubilee events!