Going to see Madness at Doncaster Racecourse? Here's EVERYTHING you need to know
Multi-million selling ska pop legends Madness will play in Doncaster this weekend - and here's absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know about their Racecourse date.
The much-loved Nutty Boys will be performing all their greatest hits live after racing on Saturday July 20 and will be bringing a party atmosphere to Town Moor.
Suggs and co will be racing through an extensive back catalogue of classic songs as part of the venue’s Music Live summer series of events which has already brought Jess Glynne and Rita Ora to town.
Here's all you need to know about the show - from the times, what they'll play, how to get there and where to eat and drink.
WHEN IS IT?
Saturday, July 20
WHAT ARE THE SHOWTIMES?
Gates open: 15.00
First race: 17.40
Last race: 20.45
Music will get under way after racing.
ARE THERE ANY SUPPORT ACTS?
There's no support acts billed - just Madness taking to the stage.
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY?
There's a whole feast of classics the band could trot out – and Madness have been renowned for a crowd pleasing classic set of hits on their previous visits to Doncaster. Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun, One Step Beyond, Night Boat To Cairo, It Must Be Love will all no doubt get an airing and there’s also newer material such as NW5 and Mr Apples which might be played too.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Walking to the Racecourse from Doncaster railway station and town centre is a fair. but pleasant stroll. Exit the station through the interchange and Frenchgate Centre and then follow St Sepulchre Gate, High Street, Hall Gate and Bennetthorpe to the course. It is about 1.5 miles and will take you 20-30 minutes.
The Racecourse is served by several bus routes from both Doncaster town centre and the railway station and interchange. Visit http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ for details of all services and times. A Shuttle Service runs between the Racecourse and Doncaster Interchange for all race meetings. It will commence from the Interchange at approximately the time of the gate opening and continue until just after the time of the first race. The return journey (which will stop at a designated point on sound of the bell) will continue until entertainment has finished. Shuttle Bus information is subject to change and may be amended or withdrawn without prior notice. From £1.50 single, £2.50 return.
There is a taxi rank outside Doncaster railway station plus several more in the town centre at East Laith Gate and St Sepulchre Gate as well as plenty of private mini cab firms around the town centre. There is a rank outside the Racecourse on Leger Way for after the event.
The nearest railway station is Doncaster, which is connected to the Racecourse by buses.
The nearest airport is Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster. For landing permission at Doncaster Racecourse please contact Alex Robinson 01302 304 200 or email [email protected]
I'M DRIVING - HOW DO I GET THERE AND WHERE DO I PARK?
If you are in the car, the full address for your sat nav is: Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB.
The Racecourse is signposted from the A1(M) (j36), M18 (j3/4) and M1 (j32). Car parking is free (outside the Leger Festival) in Car Park C (enter opposite junction at Wickes on Leger Way).
Car Parks A and C are operational throughout the year for all racing fixtures - Car Park C offers free parking and passes for Car Park A are available at £5 per car from the racecourse reception in advance or on the day.
Drop-off and collection points
Coaches and minibuses car park C, limousines car park A. Drop-off and collection is prohibited on Leger Way.
CAN I STAY OVER?
The Crown Hotel in Bawtry is the preferred partner hotel to Doncaster Racecourse - and is used by many leading owners, trainers, sponsors, jockeys and TV presenters.
There are several other hotels located nearby and offer prices to suit all budgets and tastes. The nearest is the Hilton Garden Inn, which is directly next door to the Racecourse. There’s also the Grand St Leger on Bennetthorpe while others include Travelodge at Lakeside, various Premier Inns located around Doncaster, The Danum Mercure in Doncaster town centre, the Earl of Doncaster on Bennetthorpe and the Mount Pleasant on Bawtry Road.
CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT AND DRINK INSIDE?
The Racecourse has a wide variety of drinks and food on offer inside the concourses and on the course as well as restaurants.
If you're in search of something extra special, the coveted Mallard Restaurant offers restaurant badge and admission ticket, a welcome drink, three-course chef's menu, raceday programme, outdoor viewing terrace, table service drinks and Totepool betting facility.
The Old Weighing Room, as its name suggests, is steeped in history and is situated on the grounds of racecourse.
There are a range of places to eat and drink across all enclosures. Choose from hot and cold drinks as well as light bites or more substantial snacks. Plus, there’s a range of healthy and vegetarian options.
THE PREMIER SUITE
The Premier Bar offers a full range of draught and bottled beers, lagers, wines and spirits.
THE COUNTY ENCLOSURE
Places to drink include:
The Old Weighing Room
All serve a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE
Places to eat include:
The Food Court; located on the first floor including Pie-Perfection, Spudz, Best of British & Perfecta Pizza.
Places to drink include:
Artic Cosmos Bar
Ale on the Rail Bar
Bubbles Champagne Bar
Lord Clifton Bar
Clock Tower Bar
All bars serve a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
THE FAMILY ENCLOSURE
Places to eat & drink:
Silver Patriarch Bar
A full bar service, also serving filled baguettes.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER FACILITIES?
Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed places within Doncaster Racecourse. The use of electronic cigarettes is NOT permitted in any of the No Smoking areas.
Picnics are only permitted into the Family Enclosure at the Racecourse. Please note that alcohol may not be brought into any area of the Racecourse.
There are five cash points, all located at Ground Floor Level. Two located in the main betting hall of the Grandstand Enclosure and two located in the County Enclosure close to the main entrance and one in the Family Enclosure positioned in the Silver Patriarch Bar.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Premier Enclosure and Mallard/Lincoln Restaurant
The dress code for this enclosure is jacket and tie for gentlemen and smart attire for ladies. Strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers . This dress code also applies to children.
County Enclosure/Conduit Restaurant/Private Boxes/Owners and Trainers & Press
The dress code for this enclosure is gentlemen must wear a collared shirt. Ladies to be smartly dressed. Strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers. This dress code also applies to children.
No dress code applies for this enclosure.
Frenchgate Family Enclosure
No dress code applies for this enclosure.
If you're thinking about coming wearing fancy dress, this is fine within the Grandstand Enclosure. If you'd like to book tickets in the County Enclosure and wish to come in fancy dress, you'll need to call 01302 304200 first.
WHERE CAN I GET A DRINK BEFORE THE SHOW?
Most people get a drink in the town centre where there are plenty of pubs and bars to suit all tastes and age ranges. Popular pubs and bars nearby to the racecourse include The Grand St Leger on Bennetthorpe while The Salutation on South Parade is also a popular stopping off point for those en route from the town centre.
WHERE CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW?
The most popular place is Whitby's fish and chip restaurant which is directly opposite the Racecourse on Leger Way. The Crab and Moo restaurant within the Grand St Leger Hotel is also nearby. Vivo, an Italian restaurant on Bennetthorpe and the Earl of Doncaster Hotel are also potential eating options. Sandringham Road in nearby Intake offers the usual takeaway options such as Indian, Chinese and fish and chips. Doncaster town centre boasts all the usual takeaway outlets such as McDonald's, Burger King, Subway and KFC while the nearby leisure park offers Nando's, Pizza Express, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and Frankie and Benny's as well as The Cheswold pub.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE?
The long-range forecast says light showers and sunny intervals with a moderate breeze with temperatures between 19 and 21c.
CAN I GET UPDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Yes, visit Doncaster Racecourse on Facebook, Twitter or the website at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk