Doncaster Heritage Festival

This year’s Heritage Festival runs from Saturday 4 May until Sunday 19 May 2019 and is bigger and better than ever. From Anglo-Saxon royalty to the actor behind Blackadder’s King Richard IV – there really is something for everyone!

Heritage Doncaster and community partners have put together an exciting programme of enthralling talks, workshops, walks and events exploring the history of the borough and beyond. Events take place at venues across Doncaster and many are free to attend.

To view the full festival programme visit the Heritage Doncaster website.

Festival Highlights

King Athelstan and the Making of England

Saturday 4 May | 2.30pm | Doncaster Mansion House | £8
Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood explores the Anglo-Saxon roots of the English state through three generations of the Wessex royal family – Alfred the Great, his son Edward and daughter Aethelflaed, and his grandson Athelstan, the first king of all England. Find out more about the decisive Battle of Brunanburh and explore the new evidence that the 937 battle took place close to Doncaster.

Book via Doncaster Local Studies 01302 734307

Uncovering Doncaster’s Food History

Wednesday 15 May | 2.30pm | Dreambakes| £7.50
Meryl White, author of Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking, joins forces with Dreambakes to present an afternoon of Doncaster-inspired recipes.  The talk will reveal Doncaster’s culinary past from Doncaster-born Elizabeth Raffald’s 1769 cookbook and its Georgian baking to the town’s famous Butterscotch, right up to the present day Markets.  This event also features a food and drink tasting provided by Dreambakes.

Book via Dreambakes.

An Audience with Brian Blessed

Friday 17 May | CAST | Tickets £20 (+booking fee) 
The larger than life special guest joins us for this year’s Heritage Festival to share his stories and anecdotes from a spectacular career performing in Flash Gordon, Black Adder and many other excellent stage and screen productions. 

Tickets on sale 22 April from CAST.

For more information please contact Doncaster Local Studies on 01302 734307 or email

Last updated: 18 April 2019 11:45:15