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Points of Interest: Doncaster
Situated around 20 miles from Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Doncaster forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster with a population of around 128,000 after expanding rapidly between the 18th and 20th century as it became an industrial centre.
Doncaster has been a registered Fairtrade Town for the past 10 years since being granted the status in March 2004. The title is awarded to communities that demonstrate a commitment to Fairtrade by having products for sale in shops and restaurants, ensuring products are used by local workplaces and so on.
Both the town and borough are still very active in their promotion of Fairtrade today and this is of great credit to the locals.
As with many towns and cities across the UK, culture plays an important role in Doncaster. The main museum, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, has exhibits in natural history, archaeology, local history and fine and decorative art. It also displays some of the trophies and silverware won at Doncaster Racecourse.
The racecourse, which is also known as Town Moore course, hosts both the St Leger Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy.
There is a large sporting presence in the town; not only with Doncaster Racecourse, but also ‘The Dome’. Opened by Princess Diana in 1989, it has a swimming pool, gym and ice rink, and is very popular with younger members of the community.
Doncaster may not be renowned for its shopping experience, but it still has plenty to offer. The Frenchgate Shopping Centre in the town centre has plenty of great shops, while the Lakeside Village has 45 famous name outlet stores that give up to 60% off recommended retail prices.
The Waterdale shopping precinct is also under development, with a new ‘Council House’ and arts and entertainment venue also in the pipeline.
Other places of interest in the town include the aircraft museum Aeroventure, which is based on the former RAF Doncaster site, Doncaster Mansion House, and Cusworth Hall: a Grade I listed country house.