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10 pawsome events dog lovers won’t want to miss this summer

From festivals to charity events

Danielle Elton

Posted 4 months ago ago

While our dogs will probably never tire of a walk in the local park, after months of having to stay close by, we could all do with a change of scenery.

With restrictions now lifting, we can finally venture a little further afield - to the beach, country parks...we can even take them on holiday.

And with larger gatherings looking more likely, we can also start to get excited about some of the fantastic dog shows and festivals due to take place this year.

From festivals to sponsored walks - they provide a great day out that we can enjoy with our dogs.

Looking to get out and about with your dog this summer? Here are 10 events that we can’t wait for.

PAAWstival

Where and when

Isle of Dogs, London - September 4/5

With a location that couldn’t be more aptly named, PAAWstival is a petcentric festival brought to you by PAAW House. 

Wanting to offer dog lovers something unique and quirky, there will be activities to keep even the most energetic of pets entertained including a Bark’our urban agility course, Pup-up cinema and doggy chill-out zone, and a main stage which will host the PAAWstivial Dog Awards.

This family-friendly event will also be packed full of entertainment including live music, comedy stages, a street art corner with graffiti battles, and a Bark Park market showcasing pet-loving businesses and brands, with lots of unique goodies available to browse and buy.

There’ll also be mouth-watering streetstyle food and even better beer to wash it down with.

Tickets go on sale on the May bank holiday weekend.

All About Dogs

(Facebook - @AllAboutDogsShow)

Where and when

Hylands Park - May 30/31

Blenheim Palace - July 3/4

Norfolk Showground - August 29/30

Newbury Showground - July 31/August 1

Newark Showground - September 4/5

All About Dogs promises to be a weekend of fun for you and your four-legged friend with advice from industry experts, exciting have-a-go activities, amazing arena displays and lots of shopping.

It’s a fun event with plenty to see and do not just for your dog, but for the whole family.

Activities include dog shows, agility courses, flyball and even an egg and spoon race.

Ticket prices for this event vary depending on location with individual prices starting from £6.50 up to £29.50.

You even have the option of camping at Norfolk, Newbury and Newark costing £59 for a camping pitch plus entrance for two adults and two children.

Dogstival

Where and when

Burley Park, New Forest - June 5/6

Described as ‘Glastonbury with the bark-factor’, Dogstival 2021 is set to be a brilliant and deserved celebration of our beloved furry friends and promises a weekend dedicated to a dog’s enjoyment, fun, taste buds and more. 

Activities include Barkour, canine IQ tests, live demonstrations and cooking stations and pop-up vets, as well as lots of opportunities to enjoy a spot of canine retail therapy.

Tickets start from £8 for day tickets and from £12 for weekend tickets.

Big Dog Walk

(Facebook - @BigDogWalkUK)

Where and when

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire - May 30

Loseley Park, Surrey - June 6

Borde Hill, Sussex - June 13

Harewood House, Yorkshire - June 27

St Clere, Kent - October 3

Hylands Park, Essex - October 17

So much more than just a walk in the park, Big Dog Walk also includes treats, have-a-go activities, shopping, expert advice, dog shows, obstacle courses, refreshments and grooming.

Not only will this be a fun day out, you can also use your walk to raise money for an animal charity that is close to your heart and get in some practical puppy socialisation.

Tickets cost £10.50 per adult.

Muddy Dog Challenge

Where and when

Elms Farm, Stansted - September 4

Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells - September 11

Windsor Great Park, Windsor - September 18/19

Ashley Hall, Manchester - September 25

Harewood House, Leeds - October 2

Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle - October 9

Locko Park, Derby - October 16

Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham - October 23

Escot House, Exeter - October 30

Could you take on the Muddy Dog Challenge? It’s an obstacle course - either 2.5k or 5k - which you can take on with your friends, family, and even your dog.

As well as a day of mud, sweat and cheers, you’ll also be helping to raise money for Battersea to help it continue its work in caring for thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted dogs.

Waggiest Weekend

(Twitter - @DogFuriendly)

Where and when

Camp Katur, North Yorkshire - June 18 - 20

A unique camping weekend for you and your dog, Waggiest Weekend is a glamping retreat with a difference.

It promises to be an action packed weekend for you and your pet with dog yoga, a silent disco, walkies in The Dales, pup quizzes, doggy meditation and more.

It’s the perfect place to go and make magical memories with your dog.

Weekend tickets cost £45 but that does not include accommodation. There is an extra cost for this ranging from £190 to £280 with Hobbit houses, tipis and safari tents still available.

DogFest

(Facebook - @DogFest)

Where and when

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire - September 11/12

Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire - September 18/19

Tatton Park, Cheshire - September 25/26

A festival completely dedicated to dogs - what’s not to love about that?

At DogFest, guests can expect arena displays, industry experts, obstacle courses, agility and shopping, And if you’re bringing a puppy along, head to the Puppy Academy for a chance to learn more about the newest member of the family, as well as somewhere you can slope off to to chill with your new dog.

Tickets are now on sale with prices varying from £10.50 up to £84.

Paws in the Park

(Facebook - @PawsMDS)

Where and when

The Kent Showground - September 18/19

South Of England Showground, West Sussex - October 9/10

Another fun day out for you and your pooch, Paws in the Park is a dog-friendly event packed full with have-a-go activities, arena displays and shopping - you can even camp.

Guests can also win prizes by taking part in dog shows and competitions, or get wet with your pet at the K9 Aquazone.

Tickets cost £13 for adults and £10 for children. All dogs come in for free.

For those wanting to camp, prices vary between £43 and £76, with options to add extra nights for as little as £11.

Woofstock

(Twitter - @woofstockuk)

Where and when

Oldstone Farm, Dartmouth - August 6-8

Just like any good festival, at Woofstock there’s lots of live music all weekend with bands including Riviera Dogs, I Love Amp, Superstition, Tasha Leaper as Madonna and more! But as well as the music, guests and their dogs can watch some pawsome displays and demonstrations plus take part in activities such as the distraction alley race.

Another event with the option of camping, you can pack up your own tent, camper or caravan and hitch up for the weekend, or if you fancy something with a little bit of luxury, you can hire out the on-site accommodation 

Tickets are priced from £9 - £90 for day and weekend tickets, with camping available from £50 to £788.

Dog Lovers Festival

(Facebook - @dogloversfestival)

Where and when

Elvaston Showground, Derbyshire - August 6-8

Want to go to a festival but don’t want to leave your four-legged friend behind? The Dog Lovers Festival is the answer.

A weekend of music with some of the UK’s best tribute bands, this is a festival you can enjoy with your best friend by your side - there’s nowhere that’s off limits for your dog.

And as well as a weekend of fabulous music, there will be lots of stalls where you can get expert advice on training, obedience, how to foster/adopt a puppy as well as free doggy MOT’s. Plus plenty of opportunities to shop for you and your dog.

There’s a special online price for tickets bought in advance of the event with prices starting from £9 day tickets and £15.50 for the weekend. Camping costs £30.50 for a tent and £40.50 for a caravan or motorhome.

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