Dog festivals are on the rise in the UK with more dog-oriented events this year than any before, according to The Telegraph.
With so many events for dogs and dog lovers to choose from, it’s almost a challenge trying to figure which ones to go to!
Last year there was the first ever Dogstival which took place in the New Forest and featured agility courses, dog pools, dog games, tons of exhibitors representing dog food, dog photography, dog rescues and dog toys, and more!
These dog events usually feature many dogs so it’s an opportunity for dogs to sniff each other and play as well as for dog lovers to make new friends.
Below, the Telegraph compiled 10 of the best dog friendly festivals in the UK for 2020:
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, May 2-3; Tatton Park, Cheshire, June 13-14; Ashton Court, Bristol, June 20-21
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CASTLE HOWARD FESTIVAL OF DOGS
Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, May 8-10
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Pylewell Park, New Forest, May 16-17
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Goodwood, Chichester, May 24-25
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Dinton Country Park, Wokingham, June 26-28
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ALL ABOUT DOGS
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, July 4-5
Perfect for: confident dogs that don’t mind crowds.
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Southsea Common, July 4-5
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DOG LOVERS FESTIVAL
Elvaston Castle, Derby, July 31-Aug 2
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Dartmouth, Devon, August 7-9
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THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE
Hawarden Estate, Wales, Sept 10-13
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If these ten from the Telegraph aren’t enough for you here are a couple more:
FESTIVALS OF DOGS
Dates vary but the festivals start from April with the Framlingham Festivals of Dogs and run through to The East Anglian Festivals of Dogs in November.
Click here to see if it’s in a city near you.
THE BIG BARK FESTIVAL
18 April, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
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There’s also breed specific meet ups and big events like the Bullie Bash 2020 which feature BBQs and auctions and other fun games.
“So many options to choose from my tail is just wagging and my mouth is watering (drooling) from the food that is going to be offered at all these festivals,” Rocky the Traveller said. “The first dog festival I went to was Dogstival last year and since then I have gone to a few more and it’s a great way to make new dog and human friends, play with other dogs, learn more about dog foods (and get free samples) and dog health and maybe even play some sniffing games (which leads to even more dog treats and food).
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