Come woof, come all to festival for four-legged friends this weekend

The countdown is on for a weekend of canine capers as DogFest is coming to Belvoir Castle this weekend.

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity which has a rehoming centre in Loughborough, is the charity partner for this year’s dog-focused festival and will be welcoming dog lovers to the Dogs Trust Village at the event.

The Village will have lots of fun activities to take part in as well as information about some of the Dogs Trust dogs currently looking for their forever homes – and some will be joining in the fun at the event in the hope of finding new families. There will also be reunion parades for former residents of Dogs Trust to take part in.

Louise Round, Head of Supporter Relations at Dogs Trust, says: “This is the second year we have been DogFest’s charity partner and we had a fantastic time last year, and so did our dogs. It was wonderful to see so many who were having a great day out with their forever families.

“Anyone wanting to raise money for Dogs Trust can take part in the Big Dog Walk at the event. There will be walks of 2k and 4k, and one especially for puppies, and there are activities for children to take part in along the way.

“Our Dog School colleagues will also be there holding interactive training activities as well as doing demos and giving dog-owners top tips to take home.”

Visitors to the doggie dream day out will be able to take part in everything from an agility course and flyball to a hay bale race, a fun dog show and doggie diving. DogFest fan and television presenter Matt Baker will be on hand sharing his adventures and taking part in a Q&A session on Saturday and on Sunday TV vet Dr Scott Miller, along with other experts in all things dog including members of the Dogs Trust team, will be helping owners with handy advice and top tips. There is also an action-packed main arena with demonstrations from hugely talented canines and their trainers, including TikTok sensation Lucy Heath, and Crufts Freestyle winner Nicci Hindson will be showing off her dancing dogs in the obedience ring.

Team members from Dogs Trust Loughborough will be at the event accompanied by some of the lovely dogs currently being cared for at the centre whilst they wait to find their forever homes.

Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust Loughborough Centre Manager, says: “We are really looking forward to DogFest. To see so many dogs having fun with their families is fantastic and it will be lovely to see former four-legged residents, as well as hopefully find new potential homes for some of the dogs we are looking after at the moment.”

You can book your tickets via the Dogs Trust website at Every ticket booked via the Dogs Trust website will mean 15% of the ticket price goes to Dogs Trust, helping the charity care for around 14,000 dogs every year.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust, please visit: