This minster town in South Yorkshire offers the best of both worlds: from the infamous Yorkshire countryside to a bustling and vibrant town with plenty to do and see, the whole family will be kept busy when you make roots in Doncaster.

Green Space

  • Cusworth Hall
  • Doncaster has numerous county and local parks, four of which have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world, meaning fresh air and green space are right on your doorstep. 

    Cusworth Park, home to the historic Cusworth Hall and Museum, offers acres of parkland, perfect for long walks with the dog, picnics with stunning views and a children's’ play area, making it a great day out for the family. 

    In Cusworth Halls’ old stable and coach house, you’ll find Butlers Tea Room and Bistro where you can grab a bite to eat and a good, old fashioned Yorkshire cuppa. 

    If you fancy something stronger, head to The Old Brewhouse, a cosy micro-brewery and bar, with a lovely ambiance. The Brewhouse has replaced the original, used by the Wrightson family for hundreds of years. 

  • Askern Boating Lake and the parkland that surrounds it, brings playing fields and sports pitches, all of which are availble for the public to use, The Lakeside Cafe, offering lunchtime favourites and stunning picnic spots with views across the lake. Not to mention free fishing on the lake - the perfect activity if you’re in the mood to sit and watch the world go by.

  • Askem Lake
  • Campsall County Park
  • Campsall County Park, as one of the winners of the Green Flag Award 2020, has as much to offer as you’d expect. With tennis courts, children's play areas complete with zip wires and scramble nets, fantastic walking routes and enchanting woodland, this is a park where you can while away whole days and get some fresh Yorkshire air in your lungs.

Learn and Grow

  • Schools will always be a top consideration for families looking to relocate. Luckily, Doncaster has good and outstanding Ofsted rated schools a-plenty, for both primary and secondary ages. 

    Carr Lodge Primary Academy has been rated as good in the latest Ofsted report and puts a focus on outstanding education with surroundings to match and take pride in their bright and spacious building, which promotes and lends itself to learning and play. 

    At the heart of the local community and spread across two campuses - secondary and sixth form - in Doncaster town centre, is Hall Cross Academy. A long-standing educational institution, the head teacher has been there for 28 years, which speaks to the school’s character. Hall Cross prides itself on being a ‘school with soul’ and one which embraces diversity, balanced curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

  • Doncaster Library

Good Food

  • Local Area
  • There truly is something to suit every budget and tantalise every tastebud in Doncaster. From steakhouses to tapas, pizzerias to curry houses, you certainly won’t go hungry in this South Yorkshire town.

    30 day dry aged steak is this Argentinian steakhouse’s speciality. But their extensive menu caters for everyone, from burger fans to vegetarians. And to wash it all down, they have a great cocktail and mocktail menu as well as a broad wine and beer list. You’ll be sure to find something you fancy at La Boca, and you’ll keep going back. 

    TWEED @Wadworth is your go-to for family-run, farm to fork dining. Serving a decedent afternoon tea, as well as breakfast, pastries, cakes and great coffees and teas, you can have a part in supporting local farmers and small businesses when you grab a bite here. 

    The Indus restaurant is by far the most popular Indian restaurant in Doncaster. Great ambience and even better food is on the menu at this curry house. All the classics we’ve come to know and love are being served, as well as some more traditional Indian dishes for those feeling more adventurous. Attached to the Grand St Leger Hotel, why not make a night of it away from home and book a night stay.

Good Times

  • Staying busy in Doncaster is not something you need to add to your list of worries. There is always something to see, things to do and fun to be had. 

    Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to a wide variety of animals and nearly 100 different species to Doncaster. Experience a breathtaking walk-through animal adventure which the whole family will love. Most of the animals you will encounter here are endangered or threatened in the wild, making this day out all the more special. Five different play areas allow the opportunity for some monkeying around and with a number of VIP animal experiences on offer, this will be a day out you won’t forget. 

    Staying in the animal kingdom, Boston Park Farm is a working farm with an adjoining farm park, which allows children to get close to some of their farm animal favourites. Feeding and petting most of the animals is encouraged and you can even get involved with the animal handling sessions.

    With outdoor climbing frames and playgrounds, a go-kart track and mud kitchens, kids and adults alike are promised a fun time here. An indoor soft play area, bouncy castle and indoor sandpit is also available when the weather isn’t on your side.
     

  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Cycle Hub Doncaster
  • Feeling fit? Doncaster Dome offers swimming at Big Splash, ice skating, squash courts, The Cycle Track and a gym, so there is plenty of opportunity to work up a sweat. 

    Sports fans will be keen to visit the home of Doncaster Rovers and with famous fans in One Direction alum Louis Tomlinson and the late, great musician and tv personality Paul Daniels, you’ll be in good company. 

    The fun doesn’t stop there - there is something for everyone in this Yorkshire town. Museums, tea rooms, shopping centres, golf courses and race courses, life in Doncaster always delights.
     

by Anuradha Kulkarni - 05 Apr 22