Events

Keep up to date with all our events here

Please note that the great majority of groups which book illustrated talks allow visitors to attend, albeit sometimes with a small admission charge. However, we recommend that you check with the group concerned before going along there for the talk. Where illustrated talks have been specifically arranged for the general public, this is made clear in the event details.

Illustrated Talk to Upton and Kexby Women's Institute - Wed 11 April 2018, 7:30pm

 

 

This illustrated talk takes place in the Kexby Village Hall, Upton Road, Kexby, Nr Gainsborough, DN21 5NF.

Illustrated Talk to Doncaster U3A - Mon 16 April 2018, 1:30pm

This illustrated talk takes place in the Trades Club, which is located inside the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster.

Illustrated Talk to Agewell, Wombwell - Wed 25 April 2018, 1:45pm

This illustrated talk takes place at St Michael’s Church Hall, 23 Park St, Wombwell, , near Barnsley, S73 0HQ.

Local History Fair - Saturday 28 April 2018, 11am to 4pm

As in previous years, The Sand House will be exhibiting at the 2018 Local History Fair, organised by Doncaster and District Heritage Association. Once again, it takes place on the upper floor at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE. This event brings together two dozen or more local heritage groups, so there is always lots to see. Admission is free.

"Discovering the Sand House": A Guided Walk - Sun 6 May 2018, 11:00am (PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

 

 

This guided walk takes place around the locality of the former Sand House and is part of the Doncaster Heritage Festival 2018. Using a combination of spoken description, handouts and old photographs, visitors can learn how the area developed from the early 19th century up until the present day. You can also discover where the Sand House’s famous tunnels and carvings were located.

The walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a total distance of about one kilometre. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited for safety reasons. There will be a charge for this walk.

To book and obtain tickets please telephone the Local Studies Section of Doncaster Central Library on 01302 734307. And for the avoidance of doubt, please note that this walk takes place entirely above ground!

Information on Disabled Access: The total length of the walk is approximately 1 kilometre (just over half-a-mile). The shortest route involves descending and then climbing two flights of about 15 to 20 steps each. However, alternative ramped routes are available to avoid these steps, but this would add about an extra 200 metres to the distance. Wheelchair users will, by using the ramps, be able to cover all except one short final section of the walk, which involves entering Hyde Park Cemetery. The cemetery entrance is a turnstile which is not suitable for wheelchairs.

 

"Discovering the Sand House": A Guided Walk - Mon 7 May 2018, 11:00am (PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

 

 

This guided walk takes place around the locality of the former Sand House and is part of the Doncaster Heritage Festival 2018. Using a combination of spoken description, handouts and old photographs, visitors can learn how the area developed from the early 19th century up until the present day. You can also discover where the Sand House’s famous tunnels and carvings were located.

The walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a total distance of about one kilometre. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited for safety reasons. There will be a charge for this walk.

To book and obtain tickets please telephone the Local Studies Section of Doncaster Central Library on 01302 734307. And for the avoidance of doubt, please note that this walk takes place entirely above ground!

Information on Disabled Access: The total length of the walk is approximately 1 kilometre (just over half-a-mile). The shortest route involves descending and then climbing two flights of about 15 to 20 steps each. However, alternative ramped routes are available to avoid these steps, but this would add about an extra 200 metres to the distance. Wheelchair users will, by using the ramps, be able to cover all except one short final section of the walk, which involves entering Hyde Park Cemetery. The cemetery entrance is a turnstile which is not suitable for wheelchairs.

 

The Sand House Rocks! (for Doncaster Heritage Festival)- Saturday 12 May 2018, 3pm

Back in the late 19th century, Doncaster bands played concerts at the Sand House, attended by many local people. When not listening or dancing to the music, the audience members would wander around the grounds and the amazing tunnel network, taking in the sights. In this 21st century version, the music is provided by the highly-talented youngsters of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and the audience enjoys looking around a virtual version of the Sand House. With the aid of projected images, audio recordings, video and readings, we evoke the spirit of those 19th century concerts in a very up to date way.

 

The venue is St James’ Church, St Sepulchre Gate West, Doncaster, which is a contemporary of the Sand House.

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for those aged 16 and under. Tickets are available online at this link. They can also be purchased in person at Doncaster Central Library Local Studies Section, Waterdale (tel: 01302 734307) and at Doncaster Jazz Centre, Beckett Road (tel: 01302-320002). This event forms part of the Doncaster Heritage Festival 2018.

 

 

 

Pop-up Sand Art Workshop at Doncaster Central Children's Library - Thursday 31 May 2018, 11am to 4pm

Building on the great success of the sand art sessions held at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in summer 2017, we shall providing even more sessions this year. Based in the Central Children’s Library in Waterdale (directly opposite Cast in Doncaster), these free table-top sand art workshops are open to all ages (please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Our workshop leaders will provide tips on how best to create your very own work of sand art! You may like to have a go at recreating one of the Sand House sculptures,… albeit on a rather smaller scale! Just drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to take part, whether it’s just for five minutes or for a couple of hours.

 

 

 

Pop-up Sand Art Workshop at Doncaster Central Children's Library - Friday 1 June 2018, 11am to 4pm

Building on the great success of the sand art sessions held at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in summer 2017, we shall providing even more sessions this year. Based in the Central Children’s Library in Waterdale (directly opposite Cast in Doncaster), these free table-top sand art workshops are open to all ages (please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Our workshop leaders will provide tips on how best to create your very own work of sand art! You may like to have a go at recreating one of the Sand House sculptures,… albeit on a rather smaller scale! Just drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to take part, whether it’s just for five minutes or for a couple of hours.

 

 

 

Pop-up Sand Art Workshop at Doncaster Central Children's Library - Saturday 2 June 2018, 11am to 4pm

Building on the great success of the sand art sessions held at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in summer 2017, we shall providing even more sessions this year. Based in the Central Children’s Library in Waterdale (directly opposite Cast in Doncaster), these free table-top sand art workshops are open to all ages (please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Our workshop leaders will provide tips on how best to create your very own work of sand art! You may like to have a go at recreating one of the Sand House sculptures,… albeit on a rather smaller scale! Just drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to take part, whether it’s just for five minutes or for a couple of hours.

 

 

 

Pop-up Sand Art Workshop at Doncaster Central Children's Library - Friday 8 June 2018, 11am to 4pm

Building on the great success of the sand art sessions held at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in summer 2017, we shall providing even more sessions this year. Based in the Central Children’s Library in Waterdale (directly opposite Cast in Doncaster), these free table-top sand art workshops are open to all ages (please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Our workshop leaders will provide tips on how best to create your very own work of sand art! You may like to have a go at recreating one of the Sand House sculptures,… albeit on a rather smaller scale! Just drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to take part, whether it’s just for five minutes or for a couple of hours.

 

 

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Friday 8 June 2018, 2pm

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

 

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Friday 8 June 2018, 7:45pm

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

 

Pop-up Sand Art Workshop at Doncaster Central Children's Library - Saturday 9 June 2018, 11am to 4pm

Building on the great success of the sand art sessions held at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in summer 2017, we shall providing even more sessions this year. Based in the Central Children’s Library in Waterdale (directly opposite Cast in Doncaster), these free table-top sand art workshops are open to all ages (please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Our workshop leaders will provide tips on how best to create your very own work of sand art! You may like to have a go at recreating one of the Sand House sculptures,… albeit on a rather smaller scale! Just drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to take part, whether it’s just for five minutes or for a couple of hours.

 

 

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Saturday 9 June 2018, 2pm

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Saturday 9 June 2018, 7:45pm

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Sunday 10 June 2018, 11am (Relaxed Performance)

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

Relaxed performances are open to everyone including, for example, families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

 

'Sand House': A play by Peter Spafford - Sunday 10 June 2018, 4pm

This brand new family-friendly play brings the story of Doncaster’s unique Sand House to life. It transports the audience to various periods in the history of this Victorian marvel and tells of how it has affected the lives of people across the years. Whether you are a keen theatre-goer who is interested in seeing a new production or a fan of local history who fancies seeing the story told in a completely new way, then this is something not to be missed. Tickets are available from Cast in Doncaster.

 

'Sand House: Grains of Truth' - An Illustrated talk - Thursday 14 June 2018, 2pm (Tickets £4.50 each)

As a follow up to ‘Sand House’ the play, Richard Bell separates fact from fiction in this illustrated talk as he tells the true story of Doncaster’s Victorian marvel. If you saw the play and want to find out the full story of this unique feature of Doncaster’s heritage, then this is your opportunity. Even if you did not see the play, this is still a great chance to learn the truth about Doncaster’s mansion-size dwelling carved from solid rock.

This event will also include a public showing of a brand new film documenting how the play was created and reactions to its performance just a few days earlier.

The event takes place in the Meeting Space on the first floor at Cast. Tickets are priced at £4.50 each and are available from Cast in Doncaster.

'Sand House: Grains of Truth' - An Illustrated talk - Thursday 14 June 2018, 7pm (Tickets £4.50 each)

As a follow up to ‘Sand House’ the play, Richard Bell separates fact from fiction in this illustrated talk as he tells the true story of Doncaster’s Victorian marvel. If you saw the play and want to find out the full story of this unique feature of Doncaster’s heritage, then this is your opportunity. Even if you did not see the play, this is still a great chance to learn the truth about Doncaster’s mansion-size dwelling carved from solid rock.

This event will also include a public showing of a brand new film documenting how the play was created and reactions to its performance just a few days earlier.

The event takes place in the Meeting Space on the first floor at Cast. Tickets are priced at £4.50 each and are available from Cast in Doncaster.

Illustrated Talk to Chapeltown Townswomen's Guild - Tue 2 October 2018, 2pm

 

 

This illustrated talk takes place at the Methodist Church, Nether Lay Avenue, Chapeltown, near Sheffield.

Illustrated Talk to Isle of Axholme Family History Society - Thur 25 October 2018, 7:30pm

This illustrated talk takes place in at the Wesley Memorial Schoolroom, High Street, Epworth, North Lincs.

Illustrated Talk to Rotherham Chantry Ladies - Wed 31 October 2018, 7pm

This illustrated talk takes place in at Broom Lane Methodist Community Centre, Broom Lane, Rotherham, S60 3NE.