Culture Week 2018

Doncaster's first Culture Week will take place 21st - 28th July 2018. A programme of creative and cultural events, performances, and exhibitions will celebrate local and national great artists.  

Culture Playground - Family Fun

Saturday 21st July | Various sites around Civic & Culture Quarter | Saturday 21st July | 10 am – 4 pm | Free
The Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership are inviting children, young people and their families to come to play out at Doncaster’s Culture Playground. There will be lots to do and explore on the day  Activities include:

EXPECT Arts Celebration | Cast & Sir Nigel Gresley Square | 11 am to 4 pm | Free
Enjoy some free family fun to celebrate young people’s activity in Doncaster. Featuring parachute games, music and dancing.  Inside the theatre Expect Arts are taking over Cast’s spaces with workshops, a scavenger hunt, and a family food offer.
Organised by Castdarts and EXPECT Youth

Safe Space | Cast | 11 am to 4 pm
The Safe Space is an informal, sensory break-out space, specially designed for those with additional needs. The Safe Space will be open throughout the day and is a quieter, more nurturing and safe environment. Enjoy a range of sensory equipment and music supported by a facilitator throughout the day. Organised by Cast

Microbes Family Fun Day | The Point | Saturday 21 July | 10 am-1.30 pm | Free
Drop into the fantastic free microbe themed arts workshops, be the first to see the Microbes exhibition, bring a picnic to share in the gallery garden or grab lunch from The Point’s family-friendly café. Organised by darts (Doncaster Community Arts)

Family Fun at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | 10:30am-3pm | Free
Join us for a day of family fun at the Museum as a new exhibition charting the development of Doncaster Museum is opened. Take part in archaeology-themed activities, crafts, conservation and painting. Trace the history of the museum from Beechfield House to the current Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, with a sneak peek at the plans for the new Cultural and Learning Centre - due to open in 2020. Organised by Heritage Doncaster

The Big Donny Stomp | Sir Nigel Gresley Square | 11 am  | Free
Create music with quick and easy to learn repeated patterns using your bodies as instruments. The ambition is to fill the square with Doncaster folk who will be led by professional drummer Ian West to make music together.  All ages including children and grown-ups can take part - no musical experience required! Just turn up and join in. This session is part of the BBC Ten Pieces project. Organised by Doncaster Music Hubs


Romeo and Juliet - Outdoor Theatre
Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Sunday 22 July | 5 pm | £14.50 (£10 under 26)

Our seaside loving Capulets and Montagues have violent confrontation on their minds, even Down in the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, romantic Romeo is moping to the Rhythm of the Rain for his latest unrequited love! He’s in for a surprise at the Capulet Party where Juliet likes his Black Betty and Juliet’s Nurse thinks her Sweet Child of Mine is falling in love. Romeo’s mates gatecrash the party and bang, Be Bop a Lula He’s My Baby. This is an outdoor event. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. Book a ticket. 

Afternoon Tea & Tour of Cast
Cast | Tuesday 24 July | 1.30pm | £11.50

Join Cast to have a look in the backstage spaces not normally on view, from down under the stage right up to the fly tower above.  Afterwards enjoy afternoon tea in our café bar. Book a ticket.

Culture Crawl – Doncaster’s Alternative Night Out
Around Doncaster Town Centre | Tuesday 24th July |
5 pm onwards | Free
Join Doncopolitan for Doncaster’s first Culture Crawl and discover some of Doncaster’s best artists and creative venues. There will be pop up art galleries throughout town celebrating local artists and their work, along with multiple venues offering live music, open mic and acoustic nights. It'll be an evening full of arts and culture proving that there is more to Doncaster than what's on the surface. Find out more about this event on the facebook page @CultureCrawlDoncaster

Open Mic Mehfil
Cast Nook Bar | Tuesday 24 July | 7.30pm | £5.50 or performers go free
‘Mehfil’ (the name for an Indian gathering of entertainment). In partnership with HIVE south Yorkshire this open mic event will see guest poets and local artists share poetry, prose and songs. All musicians/singers/poets welcome. Book tickets via Cast’s Box Office.

Vamos Theatre Walkabout
Frenchgate & Market Place | Wednesday 25 July | 12 pm | Free
This brilliant walkabout is an interactive style of performance which brings our full mask characters off the stage and into life. Catch them if you can in Doncaster town centre. Organised by CAST.

Afternoon Cabaret
Doncaster Little Theatre | Friday 27th July | 2 pm | £5-£6
The Afternoon Cabaret is presented by Doncaster Little Theatre and RKC Promotions. Join them for live music from 2pm at the Doncaster Little Theatre with different acts performing. You can book tickets in advance via the Doncaster Little Theatre box office (£5) or pay on the door (£6).

DNfestival Does Space

Right up our street presents Doncaster’s free Summer festival of creativity and the arts that will take place in Doncaster Town Centre on Saturday 28th July 10 am - 5 pm. Expect lots of free hands-on activities for families, amazing street performances, workshops, and food.

DN Festival pop up cinema - Wall E (subtitled)
The Big M, Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Friday 27th July | 5 pm | £3
A special space-themed screening of Wall-E for families in The inflatable pop up venue ‘The Big M’. There will be beanbags provided for seating. Book a ticket. 

DN Festival pop up cinema - Blade Runner (subtitled)
The Big M, Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Friday 27th July | 7:30 pm | £3
A special space-themed screening of Blade Runner in our inflatable pop up venue ‘The Big M’. Book a ticket.

DN FESTIVAL- Family Space Rave
Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Saturday 28th July | 10 am | £2
The Big M will host a family Space rave. An hour-long party led by Cre8ive Dance with UV face paints, glowsticks and a classic dance and rave soundtrack. Created for families with children aged 0 - 10 years. Tickets are £2 per person and are limited so advance booking is required to ensure a place. Book a ticket.

Reaching for space songwriting/performing workshop for adults
Central Library | Saturday 28th July | 11am-4: 30 pm | Free
Songwriting team Jenkinson-Parks invite you to explore your own songwriting talents in this full-day workshop. Arrive with nothing but your enthusiasm and end the day by taking part in a performance of your own song. Based on the theme of Reaching for Space this exciting opportunity to collaborate with a poet and a musician is open to all. Sign up in advance by emailing

The Great Bentley Songbook
Central Library, 1st floor | Saturday 28th July | 4:00 pm | Free
A brand new Right Up Our Street music theatre show inspired by the people and places of Bentley in collaboration with composer Sharon Richards, playwright Richard Hurford and Bentley Choir. BSL interpreted.

Simon Bartram Reading and Illustration Workshop
Doncaster Children’s Library | Saturday 28th July | 1pm (BSL interpreted) & 3pm | Free
The author and illustrator of children’s books ‘The Man on the Moon’ and ‘Disappearing Moon’ will be doing a reading of his books and hosting a workshop on illustration. Throughout the day children can come into the Children’s Library and make a pop-up rocket book or take part in a space quiz and design an alien.

Sharon Richards Choir
Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Saturday 28th July | 1.15pm | Free
The Sharon Richards choir is a talented group of local singers performing a repertoire of audience-pleasing contemporary songs.

Cast Youth Theatre
The Big M | Saturday 28th July | 2pm | Free
Come join Cast Youth Theatre as they perform a fun-filled Space adventure - it’ll be Out of this World!

See free world-class street performances throughout the day including:

  • The Wheel House - An acrobatic show in a hand-built rolling theatre.
  • Mirror Mirror by Mind the Gap - Two strange beings crash-landed on Earth. What will happen when they meet you?
  • Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung - Physical theatre choreographed around a bespoke structure, intriguing, enchanting and thought-provoking. 
  • Suitcases by Wet Picnic - A darkly comic show, which confronts our interaction with technology.

Star Maker by Chris Batstone & Arcus Animation
Sir Nigel Gresley Square | Saturday 28th July | 11am-5pm | Free
Arcus Studios present an immersive, digital animation adaptation of the seminal 1937 science fiction novel ‘Star Maker’, by Olaf Stapledon. Star Maker fuses a diversity of visual animation styles and features an originally composed score by Barry Hyde (The Futureheads, Hyde and Beast). The animation will be shown several times throughout the day at the pop up planetarium.

The Black Stuff by Lioness Theatre
Waterdale Shop Unit | Saturday 28th July | 1.30 pm | Pay as you feel
Rubber: a miraculous substance! But until Charles Goodyear came along, it was practically useless. Through theatre, art, humour, and song, “The Black Stuff” tells the dark true tale of how a bankrupt button-maker became one of the most important inventors of all time – and the terrible price he paid.

DN FESTIVAL- Space Rebel Princess by Fully Booked TheatreThe Big M | Saturday 28th July | 12.15pm (BSL interpreted) 14.00 | Free
An interactive dance theatre show for children aged 5-9 and their families. Mixing retro science fiction with fast-paced physical comedy, it tells the story of a princess raised for royalty but not for rocketry, who has rebelled against her strict upbringing, to go in search of her long-lost grandfather by blasting into space... with YOUR help!

DN FESTIVAL Creative Space at the DN Festival
Waterdale Shop Unit | 10am-5pm |Free
Come and join artists and staff from Cast and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) to discover what you can come and see and do, as well as taking part in family-friendly fun and creative activities. Play music on a giant conductive space rocket, make your own spaceships then travel to a mysterious world of your own creation. Drop in for a few minutes or stay all day, bring your imaginations and get hands-on in this fantastic music and visual art installation.

Workshops and Activities

Tickhill Storytime (pre-school)
Tickhill Community Library | Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 July | 2:30pm3pm | Free
A relaxed fun filled session of stories & poems for pre-school children of any age.  Drop in! Organised by Doncaster Libraries.

Bhangra Tots
Cast Dance Space | Tuesday 24 July |11am | £3.50 (adults free)
Bhangra Tots is a very exciting, fun new concept of using Bhangra dance and music-focused especially for the early years foundation stage children and their grown-ups too. Using interactive dance, music, storytelling, imagination and let’s pretend to engage younger audiences. Organised by Cast.

Family Bollywood Dancing
Cast Dance Space | Tuesday 24 July | 1pm | £3.50
Wear your brightest colours, and come and join us in a fabulous celebration of all things Bollywood! This interactive, high energy Bollywood informal dance workshop is lots of fun for all the family. Organised by Cast.

Theatre workshop
Quaker Meeting House | Tuesday 24 July | 1.30pm | Free for Minster Literacy Project and Conversation Club members
To accompany the UK tour of Othello (at Cast in October) this informal workshop shines a light on the contemporary relevance of the play, breaking down barriers to Shakespeare and championing cross-cultural dialogue amongst communities. Organised by Cast.

Playreading Club, Yerma Federico García Lorca
Cast Drama Space | Tuesday 24 July | 1.30pm |£5.50 (includes a cuppa)
Experience Lorca’s iconic play about the despair of infertility. This recently revived with an Olivier Award-winning production starring Billie Piper, enjoy an informal reading of Lorca's magnificent and brutal drama about yearning and desire in rural Spain. Organised by Cast.

Middle Eastern Bellydance
Cast Dance Space | Tuesday 24 July | 5pm | £5.50
Middle Eastern bellydance dance is one of the most famous in the world. Whatever your age or ability, this fun and active dance class has something for everyone. Organised by Cast.

Swaglets Summer Taster
The Point | Tuesday 24 July | 10am12pm | Free
Swaglets is a choir for young people aged 11 – 14, a dynamic vocal group with bags of attitude! Come along to our taster session to have a go – no experience necessary. Organised by darts (Doncaster Community Arts).

Swaglets and Swag: Rap Taster
The Point Tuesday 24 July | 1pm3pm | Free
Swag and Swaglets are choirs with a difference, combining R&B, hip-hop and dance tracks with choreography. In this taster session, choir leader Alice and rapper Kolega will give a taster session into rap. Organised by darts (Doncaster Community Arts)

Travel and catering workshop
Doncaster College, Hub | Wednesday 25th July| 10-3pm | £12.50
This workshop is for young people aged 8-12. Doncaster Children’s University are linking culture with travel and tourism at the College. Find out about the world and get a chance to link it to catering. Find out more on the Doncaster Children’s University Facebook Page. Organised by Doncaster Children’s University. 

Beauty Workshop
Doncaster College, Hub | Wednesday 25th July | 10am-12:30pm | £7.50
This workshop is for young people aged 8-12 to gain insight into designing hair styles. You will get to learn how to plait hair and other different pin up styles. There is an half day or full day option. Find out more on the Doncaster Children’s University Facebook Page. Organised by Doncaster Children’s University.

Free Storymakers for under 5’s
Cast | Thursday 26 July | 10am | Free
Especially for under 5s, this creative session is based on a wonderful picture book. The session begins with half an hour of craft followed by forty five minutes of drama and creative play. Here the story is explored through drama games, role-play, music, dance, puppets, multi-sensory play, storytelling and lots of dressing up! Organised by Cast.

Free Drama Workshops  
Cast |Thursday 26 July | 10:30am-4:30pm | Free
Join the Cast team for a fun time learning acting skills and playing some games drama activities. Let off some steam and express yourself with these brilliant sessions led by professional workshop team  ages 5 – 8, 10.30 – 11.30am / ages 8 - 11, 1 – 2.30pm / ages 11 - 14, 3 – 4.30pm. Organised by Cast.

Crazy Comics
Doncaster College, Hub |Friday  27th July | 10am -3pm | Free
This activity will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Beano. Make a comic in a day and take part in other arts and craft activities.  Suitable for young people aged 8-12. Organised by Doncaster Libraries and Doncaster Children’s University.

Safe Space - Sensory play for PMLD
Cast | Friday 27 July | 11am & 1pm | £3.50 (carers free)
Join us for an exciting and original multi-sensory session for children and young adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).  Organised by Cast.


A Rich Seam by Laurence Edwards
Unit 78 Ground Floor, Frenchgate | 9 July  – 4 August | Monday – Saturday | 10am4pm | Free
An exhibition of the developing ideas for the proposed Art piece celebrating the Mining history of Doncaster’. The exhibition will unveil a 10ft mock-up of the final design. You will also get to see bronze portraits of local miners, photography and sketches. Organised by Frenchgate, Doncaster Council and Doncaster College.

Doncaster Art Club Annual Exhibition
Doncaster Art Gallery | 14 July - 9 September | Wednesday – Sunday | 10:30am – 4:15pm | Free

Explore paintings and drawings in a variety of media by this thriving local art club in our annual exhibition. Organised by Heritage Doncaster & Doncaster Art Club

Endangered & Extinct: Recycled Sculptures by Val Hunt
Doncaster Art Gallery | 14 July - 16 September | Wednesday – Sunday | 10:30am4:15pm | Free

Endangered and Extinct is Val Hunt’s new educational exhibition featuring sculptures of birds, flowers, fish, reptiles and other extinct or endangered species. Artworks are created using throw-away materials to promote creative recycling and raise awareness of why species are disappearing at such an alarming rate. Organised by Heritage Doncaster

Microbes Exhibition
The Point | 23 July - 28 July | Monday – Saturday | 10am - 4pm (except Tue 10am-8pm & Sat 9am-1.30pm) | Free
Celebrate the microscopic world of bacteria and cells with the Microbes exhibition. The Point’s gallery will transform as it becomes home to a glowing landscape of 14 suspended inflatable microbe pods, all different shapes and sizes. Walk among them, feel them sway around you, and watch how they breathe in this mesmerising artistic spectacle. Organised by darts (Doncaster Community Arts).

New Fringe Summer Exhibition  
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | 14 June – 28 July | Wednesday – Sunday | 10:30am4:15pm | Free
A diverse exhibition of arts and crafts featuring members of the New Fringe, a local organisation which supports artists and makers working in the Doncaster area. Organised by New Fringe and Heritage Doncaster.

Also look out for pop up exhibitions across the town centre that will be showcasing local talent. Organised by Doncopolitan as part of the Culture Crawl Project. Find out more here: