It’s the Easter weekend and many of you will no doubt have plans for the next few days.
If you don’t have to work, perhaps you are planning some time away. If you are staying in Doncaster though, don’t forget there are fantastic attractions and activities happening across the borough. Hopefully the weather will stay fine.
One of the things I want to do is promote and grow our visitor attractions. I also want to encourage and support local groups who are offering fantastic activities in their local communities.
Our schoolchildren are on holiday and we all know keeping them busy can be a challenge, so I’m pleased to see the fantastic events on offer.
At Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the new meerkat enclosure and other developments are improving one of the region’s fastest growing tourist attractions. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, visitors can enjoy an Easter Trail with a prize for children who complete it
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is welcoming people (and young adventurers) through its new visitor centre as the results of a £1 million facelift over the winter are revealed. The work has been done as one of two major investment projects in the Yorkshire region by English Heritage and partners. The other is also in Doncaster with Conisbrough Castle due to reopen on May 10.
There is pond dipping at Potteric Carr and an Easter Bonanza at St Catherine’s House, which will open its doors together with the adjoining Victorian Tea Room and Walled Garden. Cast and the Little Theatre have had their own offerings and at the museum there is a fantastic display of the works of Edgar Holloway, a distinguished artist originally from Mexborough.
Community groups like Friends of Sandall Park, in partnership with local business, have been getting kids involved in planting activities, whilst volunteers at Moorends Miners Welfare have also been engaging local kids in positive activities. This sort of community activity is happening across Doncaster and is very valuable. I’d particularly like to thank everyone who is volunteering their time and I want us to do more as a council to help support these local groups and volunteers.
No doubt our garden centres and shops will be busy with those preparing for the summer, getting DIY done or just relaxing and enjoying themselves.
Of course Easter is a religious festival and lots of our residents will be attending church services to celebrate and give thanks. As Mayor, I will be joining Churches Together as they hold the annual Good Friday March of Witness through Doncaster Town Centre.
In this day and age, I also know that many of our residents will be working over Easter. If you are one of those people, I hope you still get a little time to relax and enjoy yourself.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a pleasant Easter.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster