Doncaster gallops towards start of St Leger festival

Racegoers watch the action during DFS Ladies Day at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Racegoers watch the action during DFS Ladies Day at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the borough once again for this year’s St Leger festival. 


The 10-day festival broke attendance records in 2014 with 62,000 visitors arriving in Doncaster to enjoy the wide range of events on offer as well as top-class horse racing.

The council and partners at Doncaster Racecourse and Ladbrokes say they hope that even more people will come along next month, for a packed programme of events in the town that high-speed calls home.

An official opening on Friday, September 4 will mark the start of the festivities.

Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “The St. Leger Festival is a fantastic annual event that sees tens of thousands of people flock to Doncaster for an exciting programme of events and world-class racing.

He continued: “I can’t wait for the festival to speed in to the Home of Horsepower on 4 September, and I hope to see record-breaking crowds here too.”

In addition to the usual jam-packed calendar of racing which culminates with the 239th running of the world’s oldest classic – the St Leger, there will be a large variety of events across Doncaster for visitors to enjoy, including the British Jet Ski championships, huge amounts of live music and cultural events spread across one fabulous week.

In the run-up to the festival, a social media campaign using #HomeofHorsepower will seek to back-up Doncaster’s claim to be the home of high-speed.

The borough’s horsepower heritage will be under the microscope, as we celebrate producing the famous Mallard – the fastest ever steam locomotive, housing the Vulcan bomber and becoming a world-class venue for international Ski competitions.

A survey by sports broadcaster ESPN has revealed that Doncaster is the sportiest place in South Yorkshire, with the town ranked 11th in the UK.

Click here for full details including a table of events for the St. Leger festival week, which runs from September 4 to 13.