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Award-winning visitor attractions, green open spaces, exciting horse racing and an amazing heritage makes South Yorkshire a must for every generation.


visit to Doncaster wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the number one walk-through wildlife park in the UK. Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers a unique view into the world of animals in areas including Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout, Into Africa and Lion Country. See up close some of the most amazing animals on the planet, from the only Polar bears in England to majestic lions, tigers, black rhino and much more. Doncaster has one of the biggest and best traditional markets in the North, with its origins dating back to Roman times. It has always been the heart of the town and last year, following a major transformation, saw the opening of The Wool Market. Lively and diverse, this spot is now home to on-trend eateries, bars and retailers. The highlight of Doncaster’s social calendar is the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. Every year 60,000 people from across the globe descend to enjoy the oldest classic horse race in the world. Not only does Doncaster Racecourse close the flat racing season in England each year but opens it up again in March with the Lincoln Festival. There are many race meetings in between, so your odds of catching a race are high. Ice skating is not just reserved for the winter months in Yorkshire. The Ice Caps at Doncaster Dome is the first and only split-level ice rink in the UK, it’s fully equipped for beginners with skating supports, so whether you can Bolero like Torvill and Dean or slip around like Bambi, there’s fun to be had for everyone. Further excitement


can be found nearby at the worldclass Doncaster Cycle Track which has a high-quality circuit designed to provide recreational and competitive routes as well as the chance for the whole family to cycle together without being on the road. Take off to see the collection of aircraft at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. Their unique collection has models from the first air show in Britain at Doncaster Racecourse in 1909, to modern fast jets and civil light aircraft. With an ongoing multi-million pound regeneration plan well underway, the market town of Barnsley is thriving and is rapidly becoming a shopping hot spot as well as being an interesting place to discover. At the award-winning Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre visitors can uncover the fascinating story of this proud Yorkshire borough. Interactive galleries and exhibitions will take people on a journey through the ages with centuries old artefacts, documents, films and recordings. While in the cultural quarter at the Cooper Gallery you’ll find masterpieces by Ruskin and Turner as well as prominent 20th century British artists. Take a short walk to The Civic, an inspiring multipurpose arts centre which showcases high quality performances from worldclass touring theatre and dance, as well as contemporary art exhibitions curated in conjunction with the V&A and Tate amongst others. The bustling undercover cobbled street of the Victorian Arcade is full of independent shops and delicious eateries.

The beautiful gardens and parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens were once created for the privileged few but they are now preserved for everyone to enjoy all year round. The 18th century ‘Union Jack’ garden, restored Victorian conservatory and ‘ancient’ hilltop folly of Stainborough Castle are firm visitor favourites. At Cannon Hall Farm, family adventures are afoot. A home to hundreds of animals, you can meet them all, from favourite farmyard friends to more exotic llamas, reptiles and porcupines! It also has a fantastic playground and the largest tube maze in Europe – children won’t want to leave. The stunning Georgian Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens is set in 70 acres of historic parkland. 2020 looks set to be a monumental year with the completion of its four year Parks for People project which brings interactive trails, a restored walled garden and an outdoor family area with a mud kitchen and exploration dens. An industrial model village built by Earls and famed for its iron and coal, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a remarkable and picturesque place to explore. In majestic Victorian workshops, visitors will find local history exhibitions, independent shops, artist studios, cafes and a vast antique centre all alongside a heritage railway. Visitors to Worsbrough Mill will be transported to a place of calm and serenity. Here they will discover centuries of milling and bread making and have the unique opportunity to see history come to life.


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This is Y Magazine 2020  

Welcome to This is Y 2020. Ask anyone what they love about Yorkshire and they’re more than likely to not only mention the stunning countrys...

This is Y Magazine 2020  

Welcome to This is Y 2020. Ask anyone what they love about Yorkshire and they’re more than likely to not only mention the stunning countrys...