The Doncaster Diaries: New Wool Market

Doncaster, for me, always represented the heart of South Yorkshire. With its industrial history, huge stone factories and buildings and plenty of Yorkshire hospitality, Doncaster was always going to be a city that represented a lot of fierce passion! It is of course, renowned for its famous St Leger Stakes, the oldest horse race in the world, and Doncaster Racecourse itself is a magnificent spectacle for people visiting the city. However, its time we talked a little bit about what Doncaster really has to offer. This is the first in my mini series "The Doncaster Diaries", where I'm going to explore all of what Doncaster has to offer in terms of tourism and the first stop is the newly refurbished Wool Market, which was both bustling and enticing! It's recently had a 7 million pound makeover and has really been kitted out with the most incredible food stalls, and shops, which make it a definite stop if you're ever in the city. See below the little quirky cute touch inside - family friendly and still incredibly stylish!

Family friendly

The location of the Wool Market is central, on the edges of the main city centre, close to the railway station and car parking is also available! It's opposite the corn exchange and market stalls, which are full of clothing, bric-a-brac and lots of affordable finds which make it a brilliant weekend trip. Not only is it brilliant for a midday stop, but it is also open until 9pm most days which makes it perfect for the impending summer evenings sitting with a beer and socialising.

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Shops & Food

The whole place has a bright airy feel, despite the busy atmosphere, it did not feel in any way claustrophobic and each stall is well placed and plenty of seating areas for the array of delicious treats, sweet and savoury, on offer. The shops inside the Wool Market are incredibly eclectic. Accessories, children's toys, homeware, a shoe shop for men and even a nail salon which add to its appeal and highlight local trade and the importance that its had on Doncaster for many years. The last thing I expected to find inside was rhinestone studded heels, yet there were lots of stylish pieces to feast your eyes on, including handbags and jewellery.

The food is probably going to be the part that everyone wants to hear about. From pizza stands to the popular novel concept of rolled ice-cream, the Wool Market offers a little something for everyone, no matter their tastebuds. There's a taste of each continent to be found, and stalls of beautifully decorated stalls, an incredibly Instagrammable floral cafe, with coloured tables, fluffy cushions and prettily decorated cupcakes! There's also a traditional pub, the Don Valley Tap, with a full antique styled bar, old school beer and plush brass interiors which is a true touch of Yorkshire. Some other names include, The Rustic Pizza Company, Scrapes Rolled Ice Cream, Taste of Peru and many more. They also have a vegan and vegetarian stall which I was so impressed with, it's lovely to have food that is inclusive of every lifestyle! I was also thoroughly entertained with both singing acts and people dancing to salsa which really gave the place a festival feel, as if you'd stepped into a Spanish holiday destination! Very welcoming, buzzing and so much food to consume! It was also a hit for all the families and kids too.

"Local, fresh and healthy!" a very proud statement and true to its word!

True to its word! Great traditional food

For anyone who lives in Doncaster, you're already probably well aware of the market opening and probably already popped down to see what it's all about! It's a lovely place for friends to go, or for a cool beer after work - it's time to start taking advantage of the lighter evenings! There has already been so much media interest in the Wool Market which is such a positive for Doncaster and well deserved. A lot of time and dedication has gone into relaunching this place and it's definitely not a let down! If you want to keep on top of everything that is going on at the market, including fun events for everyone, then take a little peek at their Instagram page @woolmarketdoncaster or @visitdoncaster for everything you need to know about the new and very exciting Wool Market! See what Ros Jones (Mayor of Doncaster) is saying about the new opening!

Keep your eyes open for some more incredible and exciting things to do in Doncaster, because Doncaster is now and it's ready and waiting for you!

*This is a collaborative post with Visit Doncaster

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