With a wide variety of museums and wonderful green open spaces, there is something to cater for every taste and every age range. Enjoy the best of both worlds at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens with the chance to learn about the wealthy family and servants who lived there before exploring the 15 acre Victorian gardens with their enchanting summerhouse and fountain. And while a garden centre and a steam museum seem an unlikely combination, this is exactly what you will find at Markham Grange Steam Museum.
The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum at Dakota Way, Lakeside, Doncaster houses a varied collection of over 70 aircraft and cockpits and 100 engines, plus other displays in the three remaining buildings of Doncaster Airport from WW2. It is great for families and, being mostly indoors, is great during bad weather too. There are always several cockpits open to get into.
The going's always good on a day out at Doncaster Racecourse. The historic Town Moor course has been drawing appreciative crowds for centuries, so it would be positively rude not to have a punt. They also hold an eclectic mix of antique fairs and murder mystery evenings too! And to really get into the spirit of events, pop into the nearby Salutation Arms - this well-known real ale watering hole used to stable horses in the grounds.
With so much history, the city's Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to discover Doncaster's heritage. As well as housing collections of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine and decorative art there's also a large and varied exhibition programme throughout the year, as well as special activities for all ages.
Doncaster's favourite family business is blooming. Walker's Nurseries celebrated its diamond anniversary last year - sixty years of green fingered success. In 1951 Lawrence and Vera Walker purchased a plot of land just outside Blaxton, Doncaster. This land had never before been ploughed, but with two years hard work they had enough crops to sell. Today, they are very proud of their stimulating and inventive displays of plants which will prompt you to browse, and to foster an interest in gardening, whether as an amateur or at advanced level. And remember - advice is free and readily available. On top of this, they're only too happy to chat to you about their future plants, your gardening problems, or anything else you wish to discuss. Growing gorgeous gardens is their business!