DogFest, the ultimate summer festival for dogs returns

Clare Balding and Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick confirmed as special guests at UK’s biggest day out for dogs.

 DogFest, the UK’s biggest and best day out for dogs, their families and animal lovers is back!  Now entering its sixth year, it will take place in the grounds of three stunning stately homes: Knebworth House in Hertfordshire (11-12 May), Tatton Park in Cheshire (15-16 June) and Ashton Court Estate in Bristol (22-23 June).

Everything is geared towards celebrating the amazing bond between dogs and people and promoting animal welfare.

Special guests – Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding

National treasure Clare Balding will headline on the main stage with anecdotes from her life – and those of her four-legged friends.  She’ll also lead the Great Dog Walk (with 2K and 4K routes) and award prizes for DogFest’s ‘Fun Dog Show’.

TV’s Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will front a special interactive feature for younger visitors, open The Great Dog Walk and deliver a special talk for fans purchasing VIP tickets.

Activities a-go-go

Mass participation activities, involving hundreds of dogs and owners, will take place in front of the main stage.  They’ll include canine yoga, where pets and people de-stress together, ‘wag & tone’ aerobics and obedience training, for dogs of all abilities.

Bands will play throughout the weekend and famous ‘Dogs of Instagram’ will star at the Hound Hangout.

The Activity Arena showcases jaw-dropping stunts and routines from the UK’s most skilful dog display teams while ‘Dogs with Jobs’ (such as rescue and assistance dogs) will demonstrate how they transform people’s lives.  Then there’s footwork fun with dog dancing.

 A host of have-a-go activities include Dog Diving, where they leap into a massive aquasports pool and the brand new Fido’s Lido, a giant paddling pool for pups and people alike.

In Temptation Alley wayward pooches are called by owners through a course of irresistible toys and treats.  Hay bale racing does what it says on the tin, while even novices can try out agility and Flyball.

Animal welfare, family fun and more 

DogFest will be packed with talks, demonstrations and Q&A sessions from experts on animal health and welfare, behavioural psychology and more.

The kids obstacle course will be a magnet for families: they can race with their dogs over tyres, hay bales and scramble nets.

Special ‘splash zones’ allow dogs to have a drink and plunge into pools of water and shaded areas abound. Last but not least the festival vibe continues with artisan food and drink and DogFest’s Shopping Village with its serious retail therapy.

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