Five Fab things to do this week

A view from the balcony at The Festival of British Railway Modelling at Doncaster Racecourse.
A view from the balcony at The Festival of British Railway Modelling at Doncaster Racecourse.

* Unearthing facts about your family history and the colourful characters involved in your family tree has become a national pastime these days.

If you are interested in finding out about the history of the Doncaster area or keen to find out more about your own ancestry why not pop down to the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery where the Doncaster Local History Fair 2013 is being held.

There will be displays and advice from local and family history societies, commercial genealogical stands, children’s quizzes and activities , local photographs and slideshows. .

Where: Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery .

When: Saturday February 9, 10am-4pmp.

How Much: Free.

Contact: For more information, visit Doncaster Council Libraries Online or contact the Doncaster Library local studies section on 01302 734307.

* ONE of the stranger chapters of Doncaster’s heritage is being celebrated in a talk: The sand House and Elephant in the Room, by Richard Bell. Victorian businessman Henry Senior created a series of stone sculptures both inside his Doncaster home and in an extensive series of tunnels underneath it.

In recognition of this bizarre - and often forgotten - aspect of the town’s history, Mr Senior’s great, great grandson Richard Bell brought an exhibition to the South Parade art centre to keep the memory alive.

Find out about the amazing Victorian house carved from a sandstone strata, the intriguing tunnels and carvings including the Elephant and Mahout and the recent related exhibition.

Where: The Meeting Room, Doncaster Central Library .

When: Monday February 11.

How Much: £2.

Contact:01302 734307

* The Festival of British Railway Modelling will return to on and this year’s show will be bigger and better than ever before! With working model railway layouts, shopping, modelling demonstrations and more this show is a must for both families and modellers, both new and experienced.

See some of the best in British modelling with 30 working layouts. The layouts will represent British gauges, scales and locations (real or imaginary).

This is a great shopping opportunity for modellers with over 80 exhibitors, showcasing a wide range of modelling items including specialist exhibitors selling unique and hard to source items for rarer scales and gauges. The new British Railway Modelling Village includes a new products area, competitions, interactive area, brand new BRM stand, meet the BRM and RMweb team, brand new project layouts, Model Railways Live theatre and more.

Where: Doncaster Exhibition Centre .

When: Saturday and Sunday February 9-10.

HoW Much: Adults £8, Children £3.50, Family £23.

* Hundreds of rowers will be taking part in the South Yorkshire Head of the River Race on Saturday and you can cheer them on.

This demanding series of races organised by Doncaster Rowing club and the City of Sheffield Rowing Club will see over 150 teams from around the region including several from the regions universities racing on the river from Doncaster prison to close by Sprotborough Lock.

There are a variety of boat categories racing, ranging from single sculls, pairs, fours and eights with around 50 crews in each division.

For spectators watching these thrilling races there will also be refreshments and food available to purchase in the boathouse and well as in the outside BBQ tent

Where: Doncaster Rowing Club-Hexthorpe.

When: Saturday February 9, first race 10am, 12:15 and 14:30.

Contact: For further information visit Doncaster Rowing Club or contact the Event Secretary Christopher Woods on

* Hot off the press: Prints from the collection of Doncaster Museum Service

What makes a print? How can you tell an etching from a lithograph?

This exhibition explores the mysterious world of the print, using works drawn from the substantial collection of prints held by Doncaster Museum Service. Including works by Eric Gill, Sir Frank Brangwyn and Edgar Holloway.

Where: Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery .

When: Until Saturday March 23.

How Much: Free.

Contact: 01302 734307