I walked past this Methodist church which has been on this site since the 19th Century. I struggled to find history about this church but please check out its website for further information.
This exciting new performance venue, CAST, opened in September 2013 in Waterdale. I went to see one of it's first shows, The Glee Club, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I love CAST's ethics about reaching out to its audience and the town's communities.
The venue has a 620-seat auditorium theatre along with drama, dance and meeting spaces. There is also a Cafe-bar on site which is opened all day.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to CAST and will definitely go again for another performance in the not too distant future.
Waterdale is Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter and was the hub of the town centre in the past. However, in recent years, Waterdale has suffered degeneration and decline when it's key town's bus station closed (relocated to Frenchgate) and the town's college relocated. This meant less people visited the quarter and the Council felt something had to be done.
An ambitious regeneration programme is shaping Waterdale to its former days and helping it reconnect to the town centre. Already there is a Civic Centre including a Courthouse and recently a new cultural and arts venue, CAST has been opened. The quarter is impressive and hope other parts of the town centre will follow suit.
You can read about the history of Waterdale via this link.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a Zoo park which is in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The park is an ideal family day out but isn't just centred around children so it is still a good place to go if you are an adult. What I found great about the wildlife park is that it has walk through areas where you can get up close to animals like Wallabies (which you can feed and pet), small monkeys, Goats (which you can pet), Sheep (which you can pet) etc which you can't do in a lot of zoo's in England.
The park is split into different sections Lion County, Lemur Woods, African Plains, Endangered Africa, South American Viva, Land of the Tiger, and my favourite Wallaby Walkabout.
Other animals at the park include Lions, Tigers, Zebra, Meerkats, Leopard, Emu, Painted hunting dog as well as birds and insects.
The entrance fees are very fair and you also get an information sheet detailing the feeding times of all of the animals where the park rangers will feed the animals and give you lots of information about each species.
I would recommend taking your own food to the Wildlife park, food is served in the ICaramba! section of the park but there is limited choice in the menu and the food was a bit of a let down - in my opinion.
Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry - Park Closes at 6)
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry - Park Closes at 6)
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS.
Meet Toby! Toby is a good dog. He is a family pet. Totally trained and housebroken. He is great to walk and is very gentle on a lead. Toby seems to be an interesting mix between a Lurcher (definitely) and something taller like an Irish Wolfhound. I estimate his age at about 6-7 years old. He is loyal to his family and loves them very much. He is gentle and enjoys just being petted and lying on the rug in his home.
So what did the family do this year for Toby? They put him in the car on December 19th and let him out on the side of a busy road. Goodbye Toby.
Toby entered the system. Someone rang the Dog Warden. Dog Warden catches Toby and drops him off at Mount Pleasant. The Whiteheads, the nice family who run Mt. Pleasant check him over and discover he is chipped! They ring the owners and tell them the good news. They don’t seem very interested and get off the phone. They have not been in contact since. Probably playing with the new puppy they bought for Christmas.
Lucky for Toby he was not hit by a car or attacked by other dogs. Many in the same shelter with Toby tonight are not so lucky. Toby is in a dark cage in the ‘Lower Block’ opposite an immature and vicious Rottweiler. Most dogs here have no names. I found Toby yesterday - he seemed scared and disoriented. Many here are in the first few days. He let me take him for a walk yesterday, but just kept looking at me and being frightened. This is a very large full male dog. When we walked across a field, he looked around and began to cry. He was looking for his family.
Today I got a flicker or recognition from Toby when I went to get him out of his enclosure, He lets me pet him now and even wagged his tail when I left. My next visit will be when the grace period is up for holding Toby for his wonderful owners. He will be ready for adoption and I will walk him again so he can learn trust of other people. He needs to be more charming if he is going to attract attention of a prospective new owner.
Merry Christmas Toby.
At the time I first wrote this tip I had visited and walked Toby 4 times. Great dog and friend. I even would let Toby off the lead to run across the local fields and he would return after a good workout. One day I met a couple who wanted a second dog, but wanted a dog that was sociable with other dogs. Toby! I answered. In fact he was often put in with some of the other sociable dogs in a single large cage. I convinced them to bring their own dog and take both for a walk and a run through the fields. One hour later they did - all four of them . And Toby found a home. Where he could live out his days with responsible owners.
Conisbrough Castle is 4.5 miles south west of Doncaster. Conisbrough is on the Doncaster to Sheffield rail route. On the day I visited there were two trains a hour in either direction. The castle is well worth a visit, please see my Conisbrough page for more details and pictures.
Lakeside is the place to be if you want to go ice skating, swimming, football go to see a film, go shopping and a football match (Doncaster Rovers).
I recommend going to the Lakeside Village for shopping as clothes and other useless stuff is cheap as chips!
MOUNT PLEASANT DOGS HOME.
Mount Pleasant is a temporary and loving home for Dogs that really need help. Many have no name and are brought here by Dog Wardens from 3 towns, including Wakefield where I live. Others are brought here when their owners have passed away or have gone into Retirement Homes that do not allow these loving family pets. In the 4 years that I have been going to walk dogs on the weekends, every healthy dog has found a new home.
It is family run and they even have a quarantine and hospital area. Badly injured dogs or very ill ones are often returned to full health. New dogs are generally very scared and some will not even come out of their beds for days. After a week or 2 they realise that no one will hurt them (any more), they will be fed everyday and every human is nice to them. I have seen dogs frozen in fear become sociable again on my next visit.
The home is surrounded by farmer’s fields and you can pick up a lead and a dog and walk for miles. Some are so well trained, they can be let off the lead and chase balls or sticks for you. The first dog I ever trusted off the lead was Bailey (pictured). This was followed by Chip (pictured). I was able to help both go to new and loving homes. Please come for a visit! The dogs would love to see you.
Run by David and Kathryn Whitehead
Open 12:00 - 16:30 everyday except Tuesdays. Appointments can be made for other times.
** Donations greatfully accepted **
Wakefield Rd, Hampole, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN6 7EX
Roche Abbey was founded in 1147. It was of the Cistercian order of monks, The fine gothic transepts of the monastery still survive to their original height. There are also good bridges and water courses to be seen amongst the ruins.
In the care of English Heritage
Admission Charge -
Brodsworth Hall is a masterpiece of Victorian design, built in 1859 to replace an older hall. It was designed in Italianate style with the lavish splendour of all that goes with the 1860's fashion. It still retains much of its originality, and is one of the finest examples of Victorian country houses in the UK.
In the care of English Heritage
Admission charge -
Adults - £6.50
Donny Rovers still has a stand and a ground, despite everything.
It is rumoured to be the biggest playing area in the league, when Rovers are in the league.
Will this record disappear as the new sports centre is built and Rovers move?
Conisbrough Castle is a real treat - there's the ruins to climb on and explore and they've recently reroofed the Keep and put interesting exhibits in it. Great views from the top!
And its got a really nice tea room
The grouns around the abbey were transformed by Capability Brown in the 18th Century to turn the beautiful valley into a peaceful romantic setting incorporating the ruins..
In fornt of the house are several marble greyhounds. These are testament to the sporting connections of the family which once lived here.
In the gardens is also a Victorian cottage, From there you get lovely views and there is a explanation of the garden inside.