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Doncaster on the up

Doncaster is fast becoming one of the region’s leading leisure hotspots with plans to expand the town centre as part of a £900 million Northern Powerhouse deal unveiled recently. With retail, business and leisure at the forefront of the move, plans have been set in motion to show just how much the area has to offer.

Here are just a few of Doncaster’s influential establishments that are helping to make the area a growing cultural boomtown, along with a number of developments to look forward to in 2017 and beyond.

Cultural Quarter

Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural quarter is a recent development that has undergone dramatic changes. Previously labelled ‘Waterdale’, the area was used primarily for grazing and agriculture and is being rejuvenated through a number of schemes, including the construction of Cast, a theatre and arts performance venue helping to shape the area into a hub of creativity. Upcoming showings include Victorian horror, The Woman in Black and Hysteria, a play about a fictionalised meeting between Salvador Dali and Freud.

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Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa

As the UK’s first eco-friendly resort, Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa does a brilliant job of keeping things green. Their cosy eco-lodges are just a stone’s throw away from beautiful

Yorkshire lakes and many have rooftop gardens, enabling you to truly immerse yourself in the forest-like surroundings. All the lodges come equipped with solar panels, water purification systems, Jacuzzis and avant-garde interior designs for a properly modern look.

Dr Tim Fenn, project manager of Tyram Lakes, has put Doncaster firmly on the map, fusing environmental causes with contemporary design and garnering the attention of other sustainability projects like Green Factory.

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Hilton Garden Inn at Doncaster Racecourse

Construction is underway for a new Hilton Garden Inn, which will be part of the prestigious Doncaster Racecourse. With 154 guest rooms built over six floors, alongside flexible space for leisure and corporate events overlooking the renowned race track, this meeting of minds between the legendary hotel chain and local sporting heroes is set to attract guests in their droves. The hotel is scheduled to open its doors mid-2018, so get ready for a summertime getaway.

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PGA Golf Course

The proposed 18-hole course will be ‘tournament level’ to encourage the best of the best to compete and is yet another win for the area’s budding sporting industry. The picturesque grounds of Rossington Hall will be repurposed to fit a professional, world-class course, along with a club house and luxury homes, too.

Part of the European Tour, the site is set to reform Doncaster as the sporting capital of the region, cementing the town’s status as talent creators. It’s a move that coincides with the £56 million dual carriageway, linking the city to Robin Hood airport, driving yet more traffic to Doncaster’s increasingly busy streets.

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Dome restaurant quarter

Dubbed the ‘Herten Triangle’ by locals, planning applications are currently being considered by Doncaster City Council with the aim of adding new restaurant franchises to the Lakeside retail park. Located between Asda and Vue cinema, the eight-unit building could potentially provide hundreds of jobs and increase footfall to the area.

This, along with the Civic Quarter, could be another area packed to the brim with creative and leisure offerings.

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