The biggest and the best!

Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival 2010. L-R are Michelle Hunton, of Rawcliffe, Yasmin Duckworth, 19, of Sykehouse, Karen Duckworth, Lorraine Waite, Jodie Waite, 24, Natalie Waite, 28, and Tracy Taylor, all of Fishlake. Picture: Liz Mockler D7062LM

Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival 2010. L-R are Michelle Hunton, of Rawcliffe, Yasmin Duckworth, 19, of Sykehouse, Karen Duckworth, Lorraine Waite, Jodie Waite, 24, Natalie Waite, 28, and Tracy Taylor, all of Fishlake. Picture: Liz Mockler D7062LM

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ORGANISERS of this year’s week long St Leger Festival are hoping it will be a galloping success after planning a jammed programme of events.

Live music, tasty treats and open days have been scheduled to take place across the town between Friday, September 7, and Sunday, September 16, to mark the return of Doncaster’s most famous horse race.

Enjoying the fun of the St Leger Festival on the big wheel in Doncaster Market Place are L-R Bailey Robinson-Rich, eight, and cousin Olly Rich, three, both of Kirk Sandall. Picture: Liz Mockler D9906LM

Enjoying the fun of the St Leger Festival on the big wheel in Doncaster Market Place are L-R Bailey Robinson-Rich, eight, and cousin Olly Rich, three, both of Kirk Sandall. Picture: Liz Mockler D9906LM

And for the first time, The Dome has signed up to take part in the festival - bringing West End production Dreamboats and Petticoats to the stage, in what is hoped could be the start of an annual tradition to bring big theatre shows to the venue.

Colin Joy, tourism and visitor economy manager at Doncaster Tourism, thinks this year’s festival is lined up to be the biggest and best yet.

He said: “This year’s festival has over 200 different events with 60 live music events going on so is much bigger than previous years.

“It is great that The Dome has come on board this year, and we are hoping they will do another West End show for us next year.

Birds of prey come to town to celebrate the St Leger Festival. With Barn Owl Pebbles, and falconer Graham Wilson, of Kilton Pet and Raptor, Worksop, are L-R Alex Murgatroyd, six, of Campsall, Chelsea Bisby, seven, and brother Alfie, four, both of Dunscroft. Picture: Liz Mockler D9907LM

Birds of prey come to town to celebrate the St Leger Festival. With Barn Owl Pebbles, and falconer Graham Wilson, of Kilton Pet and Raptor, Worksop, are L-R Alex Murgatroyd, six, of Campsall, Chelsea Bisby, seven, and brother Alfie, four, both of Dunscroft. Picture: Liz Mockler D9907LM

“There really is something for everyone.”

Food and drink lovers will be treated to an array of champagne breakfasts, afternoon teas and dinners.

And Doncaster Brewery will have its official opening as part of the festival, with a wine tasting festival being held at the minster.

Doncaster Live music festival takes places on September 8 and 9 in Market Place. This year’s headliners will be I Am Kloot, who will be performing on the Saturday.

The St Leger race meeting will start on September 12 with the world’s oldest classic taking part on Saturday, September 15.

For the first time this year Potteric Carr will be offering anyone with a St Leger Festival programme free admission for up to two adults and four children throughout September - a saving of up to £12 per visit.

Mayor Peter Davies reintroduced the week long festival in a bid to boost the borough’s tourism numbers of economy.

For more information on the festival go to www.visitdoncaster.co.uk or search for St Leger Festival on Facebook or Twitter.

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