Things to do in Doncaster | Entertainment

Doncaster is bursting with entertainment. From a lively theatre scene to stadiums full of sporting heritage, we’ve uncovered the best places to entertain you.


With live music every weekend, The Social Bar in Lazarus Court is the place to come if you want to get your rock fix in Doncaster. With a late licence, the Social Bar is busy every Friday and Saturday night, with tribute acts their main staple – think everything from Blondie to the Killers, with some extra dub, ska, reggae and punk acts. Come early to secure one of their sofas and grab a guest ale, with the live music generally starting around 9pm with indie DJs taking over to carry the party late into the night and next morning. Handily, our Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel is less than half a mile from the bar, making it a short stumble home!


With 11 screens and an impressive 1,386 seats, Vue Doncaster is the biggest multiplex in town and the newest having been expanded in 2014. All screens come with Digital Dolby 6.1 Surround Sound as standard, with the usual range of Hollywood films displayed on screen while you tuck into your popcorn and sweets. And you can even walk there from our Doncaster Central East hotel, which is literally just around the corner.


For a full round-up of the Doncaster theatre and comedy scene, including the newly build Cast art space, head to our dedicated page.

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With racing most days of the week, Doncaster Greyhound Stadium comes alive as hundreds and sometimes thousands descend on the bars, restaurant and executive suites for a night of high-stakes racing. Dating back to 1929, the track underwent an expensive renovation in 1993, creating a three-tiered stand including a cocktail bar and disco, as well as a 430-metre-long track. Popular sessions include Friday and Saturday nights, with events also taking place on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, plus regular food and drink deals throughout the week. The track is located in Stainforth, which is a 20-minute drive from our Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel.

One of the fastest-rising rugby union teams in the country, Doncaster Knights are quickly working their way towards the Premier League and the big time. Formed in 1875, the team gained professional status in 2008 and have been quickly working their way up the leagues to become one of the best-established teams in the UK with strong support. Home games are played at the 5,000-capacity Castle Park ground with the season running from August until April.

One of Doncaster’s main entertainment hubs, The Dome – just a five-minute drive from our Doncaster (Lakeside) hotel – is also home to many of the town’s sporting outlets. If you’ve got the energy for it, you can ice skate, swim, play football, table tennis, badminton, short tennis and several other sports all under one roof. The ice skating rink is the only split-level rink in the country and is open to everyone, from beginners to experts alike.

For more information on Doncaster Racecourse and Rovers, head to our dedicated Doncaster stadiums page.

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