Are you planning on visiting a doggy event this summer?
Festivals aren’t just for us humans – thank goodness – and I know I would far rather spend a day with Patch surrounded by lovely pups than wade through mud at a music event.
This summer there are more pet themed events than ever taking place all over the country, so here is a round up of the best days our for you and your furry friends.
All About Dogs
Organised for dog lovers by dog lovers, you can meet Insta famous dogs, take part in fun dog shows, buy treats and goodies for your pup and see BGT’s Trip Hazard and Lucy.
It’s a chance to try out all kinds of exciting things like hooping, scent work, doggy swimming, agility plus loads of fun games like ball bobbing and meet Insta famous dogs.
5-6th May in Essex
26-27th May in Hylands
25-26th August in Norfolk
28-29th September in Suffolk
Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge
Think Woof Mudder – this is an obstacle course you run around on your own, with your dog or part of a team and you can choose from a 2.5 or 5km course.
It’s a brilliant event raising money for animals in need and you need to raise a minimum of £100 to take part. Patch and I did it last year and Daisy the year before, and you can read how we got on here.
12th May in Windsor SOLD OUT
1st June in Cheltenham
29th June in Nottingham
14/15th September in Manchester
21st September in Tunbridge Wells
5th October in Newcastle
19th October in Leeds
Castle Howard Dog Festival
Learn about the work of mountain search dogs, try terrier racing, watch gun dog displays and improve your understanding of Pets As Therapy dogs.
There’s also a fun dog show, lots of stalls ranging from pet artists to treats and accessories, plus food and drinks too.
4-6th May, Castle Howard Estate, York.
Meet hundreds of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. This event is perfect if you’re considering a breed and want to find out more.
Kids under 8 go free and there’s a Young Kennel Club ‘Have a go,’ ring where children can try different activities, plus dog displays and a cuddle corner.
Two years ago Daisy qualified for the Scruffts semi finals (epic) and you can read how we got on here.
12-13th October, Excel stadium, London
Enjoy a festival of fun with your dog. Dogfest is hosted by Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding, you can camp with your dog and watch shows, displays, doggy diving, shopping and support charities.
We’ve been for the last three years and it’s always a fantastic day out.
It’s on at three locations:
11-12th May at Knebworth Hall, Hertfordshire.
15-16th June at Tatton Park, Cheshire.
22-23 June at Ashton Court, Bristol.
We spoke to host Chris Packham a few weeks ago about what to expect at Dogstival and you can read the interview here.
There’s an education tent, locally brewed beer and food for humans, food and treats for dogs plus displays and fun shows.
May 18 – 19th at Pylewell Park in the New Forest.
Dubbed ‘The Ulti-Mutt doggy days out’ Dogs Unleashed is taking place at two venues this year.
Attractions include fly ball competitions, agility training, terrier racing, breed stands, dog show and a doggy splash pool.
22-23th June, Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire.
14-15th September, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter
Dog Lovers Festival
This year’s event takes place over three days with food and drink stalls and entertainment with tribute acts to Robbie Williams, Queen, Pink, Oasis, Kylie and Lady Gaga.
There’s canine aqua sports and a dog show, and you can find out more about doggy massage with the Canine Massage Guild – read about how Daisy got on with this here.
2-4th August Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby.
Hounds on the Heath
Join Mayhew Animal Home at their free flagship summer event, in support of four legged friends everywhere.
The day will be jam packed with a celebrity judged Dog Show, ‘Temptation Alley’, a dog agility course, a variety of stalls and delicious vegetarian and vegan food and drink.
(Dog show classes are £4 per entry)
Sunday 14th July, Parliament Fields, Hampstead Heath, London
Just Dogs Live
Meet Betsy Boo, a frisbee catching, back flipping dog, listen to Pupaid campaigner Marc Abrahams and have a go at fun activities like agility and flyball.
There’s so much going on over the course of the weekend starting with the East of England Championship Dog Show on the Friday and fun shows on the Saturday and Sunday.
5-7th July, East of England Showground, Peterborough
Mayhew Open Day
Join Mayhew at our annual street party in Kensal Green, and enjoy a unique look behind the scenes at our animal shelter!
You’ll be able to find out all about their work helping pets and people in the community, visit the Cattery to meet four-legged friends awaiting a new home, tour the Veterinary Clinic and relax in the garden with love music, outdoor games and a veggie barbecue.
There will also be plenty of activities and stalls suitable for guests of all ages – including your beloved canine companions, who are more than welcome to come along from 11am to 4pm, £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions.
8th September, The Mayhew, Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, London, NW10 6BJ.
North East Dog Festival
A fun day out for all the family, there’s dog shows, woodland walks, presentations and classes and lots of shopping.
You can learn about the work of homeless charity Street Paws, meet This Morning’s Scott Miller and have a go at loads of fun activities.
Around 5,000 people visited in 2017 and this year promises to be bigger and better. You can read how we got on when we last visited here.
7th September, Kirkley Hall, Ponteland
Paws In The Park
As well as watching displays, dogs of all shapes and sizes can try new activities and take part in competitions.
Try Search and Rescue, see how far they can jump at Dash N Splash, or if they’re fast enough for flyball. Small dogs can join in the Mini Paws activity centre.
18-19th May, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
13-15th September, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent.
The Family Pet Show
BGT star Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard will be performing and meeting fans along with film and book sensation James Bowen and Street Cat Bob.
It’s a fantastic day out for all the family where you can meet all kinds of animals from giant tortoises to dinky ferrets.
The dog show is a qualifier for Scruffts – two years ago Daisy won and it was the best day ever – you can read about it here.
20-21st July, Media City, Manchester
It won an award for the UK’s best Dog Friendly Day Out in 2017 and this year’s event includes dog shows, displays and demonstrations, music, street food and stalls with all kinds of goodies for dogs and their owners. Plus music from 80s legend Paul Young and other artists.
16-18 August, Old Stone Farm, Dartmouth, Devon.
Do you have a doggy event that we haven’t included? Visit the Contact page to let us know and we’ll add it to the list!