Five fab things to do this week

Crowds gather for the switching on of last year's Christmas lights in Doncaster.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2816LM
Crowds gather for the switching on of last year's Christmas lights in Doncaster. Picture: Liz Mockler D2816LM

There’s something for everyone, and this years Christmas lights are due to be turned on at Clock Corner in Doncaster town centre tonight from 4.30pm.


Doncaster’s Christmas lights will be turned on today at 4.30pm, marking the beginning of the festive season across the borough. Local bantam-weight Jamie McDonnell will switch on the Christmas lights at the event which takes place at Clock Corner. Jamie will be joined by Civic Mayor, Eddie Dobbs and further entertainment will come from the Doncaster Youth Stage band, live band ‘The Darlingtons’ and former X Factor contestants ‘The Opera Guys’.

There will also be children’s rides, a face painter, food outlets, balloon modellers, Pepper Pig, Donny Dog and visits by Doncaster Rovers players.

WHERE: Clock Corner, Doncaster town centre

WHEN: Tonight between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.


CONTACT: Visit Doncaster Council for more details

2. Comedy

Impossible perfectionist and all round funny man, Jon Richardson comes to Doncaster Dome on Monday on his Work in Progress comedy tour. Jon is probably best known for his appearances on shows like Stand Up for the Week and 8 out of 10 cats, to which he always brings his unique observations and judgements about things and people who don’t quite meet his high perfectionist standards.

WHERE: Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Rd, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 7PD

WHEN: Monday from 8pm.

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £13

CONTACT: Call the box office on 01302 303959 to book.

3. Concert
BBC Big Band of the Year, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association comes home to Doncaster to celebrate its 40th birthday at Cast this weekend. The day’s concert will be a one-off opportunity to join DYJO in their 40th birthday celebrations, with an uplifting day of Big Band swing, blues, vocals, ballads, funk, rock fusion, latin and straight-ahead jazz. The four representative Big Bands (Doncaster Youth Stageband, Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra, Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra and Doncaster Jazz Orchestra (DJO Alumni)) will perform over two concerts, each featuring a host of invited guest soloists, all of whom are former members from the past 40 years, including celebrated jazz musician Dennis Rollins
WHERE: Cast theatre, Waterdale, Doncaster town centre

WHEN: Sunday from 2pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £20

CONTACT: Visit Cast in Doncaster or call 01302 303 959

4. Musical

The Tony award winning musical, Rent, celebrates its 20th anniversary and comes to Sheffield. Set in New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. This musical has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the show follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
WHERE: Lyceum theatre, Sheffield City Centre, 
WHEN: Monday from 7.45pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £27.

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 or visit Sheffield Theatres to book.

5. Show

Classic meets contemporary as Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, which comes to Sheffield from Wednesday. Take the family along and join your favourite Disney princesses in a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories, including two-modern day princesses,

Rapunzel and Tiana; Cinderella; and the princess who started it all, Snow White. The Free Press is also giving you the chance to win a family ticket (4 people) and to be in with a chance of winning please visit

WHERE: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

WHEN: November 20-24
HOW MUCH: Tickets cost between £14.85 - £41.80

CONTACT: Call 0114 2 56 56 56 to book or visit Motorpoint Arena Sheffield