The Leger festival is here

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Doncaster’s St Leger Festival started yesterday, and has more than 200 events lined up to cater for all tastes.

Doncaster’s St Leger Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 200 events lined up top cater for all tastes.

The borough is set to rock as the 10-day festival comes back to town to celebrate the world’s oldest classic horse race - The St Leger.

One of the biggest highlights will be this weekend when thousands are expected to descend on the Market Place for the annual Doncaster Live music festival.

This year’s headliners will be punk icons The Buzzcocks who take to the stage on Saturday where they will belt out their catalogue of hits including Ever Fallen in Love (with someone you shouldn’t’ve) and I Don’t Mind.I Set The Sea on Fire, The Sherlocks, Neutralize and Habberdash will also play that night.

Emma Jade Garbutt, whose singing talent was showcased on The Voice, will be among the acts to perform from 1pm on Sunday when up and coming acts will also take to the stage.

Other events over the week will include Roman tours of the town centre, a fair at the racecourse, heritage open days, race day breakfast with jockey Bob Champion MBE, a blues festival, art exhibitions and the return of legendary locomotive Mallard back to Doncaster.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said: “The 10-day St Leger Festival will be back celebrating the world’s oldest classic horse race, the St Leger Stakes.

“The festival also focuses on history and heritage, with Roman soldiers marching through town, remembering the founding of Doncaster in AD71.

“Plus there will be entertainment from over 200 events.”

For more on all the events call the Tourist Information Centre on 01302 734309 or visit