Home to the William Hill St Leger Festival, a traditionally welcoming Yorkshire atmosphere awaits visitors to the Doncaster Racecourse.
Nestled in the Town Moor part of Doncaster, the racecourse has been drawing appreciative crowds to the area for centuries, with Doncaster having widespread acclaim as one of the finest racecourses in Europe and by far the grandest place for horse racing in the county.
The venue is particularly adept at creating a thrilling atmosphere for a day at the races. Doncaster is renowned for its impressive racing pedigree, hosting a range of races throughout the year. As an example, in 2018, the racecourse played host to over 30 National Hunt and Flat race meetings throughout the year, including the St Leger Stakes, the highlight of the St Leger Festival, the oldest Classic race in the world still running.
The St Leger Stakes is thought to be the location of the ‘D’ murder in Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders, the famous Poirot murder mystery that was first published in 1936 and has been adapted many times in many formats. The race day is featured quite extensively in the 1992 adaptation by ITV, although the site of the actual murder is in the local cinema.
For sheer spectacle, atmosphere and excitement a day at Doncaster Racecourse is a tradition that is hard to beat, with people flocking to the site from around the world. Races at the Town Moor course have been drawing appreciative crowds for centuries, with maps showing the site as early as the 16th century. The Doncaster Gold Cup, first run over Cantley Common in 1766, iis the oldest continuing regulated horse race in the world.
A £34 million redevelopment in 2007 has meant that racegoers can enjoy their experience all the more in this world-class venue. The main stand includes stunning private hospitality suites, a wide range of places to eat and drink, plus luxury dining experiences.
A day our at the Doncaster races can be as casual or as formal as you want. Most visitors do tend to use the races as an excuse to dress up, especially when it comes to fancy dresses and hats that can be seen on Ladies Day. Unlike some other courses around the UK, at Doncaster the dress code is not obligatory, but can be great fun!
Families are always welcome with children under 18 entering for free when accompanied by a paying adult, with free entertainment provided on selected race days.
In 2013 Doncaster won the prestigious Racecourse of the Year Awards from BetView and after winning the RCA Showcase Award for Operational Excellence in 2012. The race course, despite its lengthy history, is still recognised for its star-class facilities and providing top-notch service alongside a day out to remember!