Boggins and fools get ready for the Hood...

The Fool, Dale Smith, gives his speech surrounded by the red-clad boggins. Picture:  Shaun Flannery
The Fool, Dale Smith, gives his speech surrounded by the red-clad boggins. Picture: Shaun Flannery

Haxey Hood

Every year villagers in Westwoodside and Haxey dress up to compete for possession of ‘the Hood’. This 700-year tradition started when Lady de Mowbray was out riding and a sudden gust of wind blew her hat off. The local farm labourers chased after it. Lady de Mowbray, so pleased to get her hat back, handed out a few titles.

She named the person who returned it to her The Lord of the Hood. The person who actually caught the hood, but dared not hand it to her was dubbed The Fool. The rest were called Boggins,

The event takes place on the Twelfth Night of Christmas, in a field in Haxey. It is believed to be Britain’s oldest traditional tussle. Proceedings are launched by the Fool from his stone in front of Haxey Parish Church, usually around 2.30pm, and include the ’smoking’ of the fool. He then leads the crowd up the hill for games for the children and the start of the main game at 3.30pm. The Hood, a long leather cylinder, is thrown into the air to launch the proceedings, when it falls the participants (regulars from the local public houses, The King’s Arms, Duke William, The Carpenter’s Arms and The Loco) swarm around it and attempt to sway the hood out of the field, through the streets and back to their favourite hostelry for a celebration and the honour of holding it for the coming year.

WHERE: Haxey Parish Church

WHEN: January 6, 2012 (approx 2.30pm)


CONTACT: Phil Coggan, (Chief Boggin)


This evergreen Christmas favourite is brought lovingly to life by the 2 Act Theatre Company. See the Ugly Sisters, the evil Stepmother, the demure Cinders and comical Buttons -in fact all your favourites, in this traditional panto with spectacular effects, scenery and costumes. Book Tickets Now

WHERE: Doncaster Little Theatre

WHEN: January 3-6, 7pm, January 7, 1.30pm, 5pm

HOW MUCH: £8, concessions £6, £5 each for parties over 10

CONTACT: (01302) 340422


World’s No.1 Indoor Motorcycle Trials

Now in its 17th year Sheffield is regarded as the World’s No.1 Indoor Trial by both riders and spectators.

The only rider to appear in every one of the 17 Motorcycle Trials to appear here at the Arena, riding legend Dougie Lampkin MBE, will be making his final Sheffield bow. A Star studded international line-up will compete for the King of Sheffield crown, including double World Champion Toni Bou, World Number 2 and GAS Gas Number 1 Adam Raga and ex World Champion Takahisa Fujinami.

WHERE: Motorpoint Arena Sheffield

WHEN: January 7, 2012 (doors open 6pm, event starts 7pm - 10.45pm).

HOW MUCH: £32.50 adult £22.50 14 and under

CONTACT: (01142) 56 56 56


National Hunt Race Day

Town Moor hosts a National Hunt meeting.. Here are some interesting facts about some of the most famous fixtures hosted at Doncaster:

1. Did you know that the St. Leger Race was named after Lieutenant Colonel Anthony St. Leger.

2. The original St. Leger Race was run on Cantley Common in 1776 and wasn’t moved to Town Moor (Doncaster Racecourse) until 1779.

3. The St. Leger is the worlds oldest and longest classic race and is run over a total distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs (1 furlong = 200 metres) and 132 yards.

4. Did you know that the Lincoln Handicap was first run in 1858 at Lincoln Racecourse. The race was not moved to Doncaster until 1965 in order that it may run over the straight mile.

5. Did you know that Doncaster officially opens the British Flat Racing Season with the Lincoln Meeting held each March and ends the season with the November Handicap.

WHEN: January 11, 2012, 11.30am to 4.30pm

WHERE: Doncaster Racecourse

HOW MUCH: From £4

CONTACT: (01302) 304200


Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers take a break from their Championship relegation battle on Saturday when they host League One side Notts County in the FA Cup.

While the cup is not their top priority, Dean Saunders and co will be keen to avoid an upset against the promotion chasers.

Under 16s can watch the match, which kicks off at 3pm, for just £1.

WHERE: Keepmoat Stadium

WHEN: January 7, 3pm


CONTACT: (01302) 762576


Doncaster Knights

The Knights are still chasing the points that will guarantee their place in the promotion play off but face a tough ask on Saturday with the visit of Bedford Blues to Castle Park.

The Blues are second in the Championship and have been strong all season, though the Knights did manage an 18-18 draw away earlier this season.

Season ticket holders can take two friends along for free.

Kick off is at 2.30pm.

WHERE: Castle Park, Armthorpe Road

WHEN: January 7, 2012, 2.30pm.

HOW MUCH: Adults £12-£15, Concessions £7-£9, Junior £3-£7

CONTACT: (01302) 831388