The ultimate festival for dogs kicks off this weekend

The ultimate festival for dogs – DogFest kicks off this weekend in Hertfordshire with a raft of fantastic new features.

Kicking off at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire this weekend, DogFest will be hosting lots of new doggy activities and stars for owners and their four-legged friends.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday will be hosting a show-stopping parade of four-legged record breakers and their owners.

They include Lynne Land and her poodle Mojo (most pirouettes by a dog in 30 seconds), Rachel Grylls and her Jack Russell Jessica (most skips by a human and a dog on a single rope in one minute) and more.

An amazing striped Big Top will be at the heart of the action with the host of talks and books signing, including Clare Balding and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick who will both be there. London-based animal welfare charity, The Mayhew will also present its welfare work here.

Lucy Heath, from Britain’s Got Talent and her little furry star Trip Hazard, will showcase her inimitable training techniques. No fewer than five of her dogs will perform dog dancing, plus theatrical and obedience training routines.

One of Britain’s best loved breeds, but not normally known for their athleticism, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Display Team will wow the crowds as they tear around a testing agility course.

Puppy Zone is brand new this year: adorable little ones can get used to different environments and build their confidence through special experiences and games, all under the expert guidance of the doyenne of puppy trainers, Gwen Bailey.

Previous DogFest attractions are back this year, including The Great Dog Walk, the 2K and 4K courses, Hound Hangout, where you can meet celebrated dogs of Instagram, mass participation in dog yoga and ‘wag & tone’ aerobics from the main stage.

Animal health and welfare is central to Dogfest and educational talks, Q&As, demonstrations and check-ups are all part of the day. There are free inspections in the Flea and Tick Tent and elsewhere there are free dog MOTs and demonstrations on first aid for pets.

DogFest is super-friendly and, as with all the best festivals, has great music all round, mouth-watering food and drink – and shopping galore, for people and dogs!

Visitors can meet specially trained tennis ball catching dogs and have a glass of Pimms in celebration of Wimbledon or wander through fascinating room sets in a perfect pop-up pet’s home.

Hungry hounds can fuel up at a dog food café (with specially trained chefs cooking up a storm) or sample delights in a luxury doggy diner.

Tickets are still available at £16.50 for adults; children under 6 go for free; children 6-16 £10.50; Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children £45.00); Senior (Over 60) £12.50; VIP (advance ticket sales only) £90.00.

On the door: Adult £21.50, Children 6-16 £16.25; Family ticket £58.50; Senior £13.65.

Tickets are available from here and the hotline 0871 220 0260. Get 15% off online advance tickets with coupon code ‘COMPANIONLIFE15’.

Further information on all shows can be found at www.dogfest.co.uk.