A Dog Friendly Day at Dogstival

Woody and I recently travelled to the New Forest to attend the first ever Dogstival, a family friendly festival for dogs and dog lovers. Dogstival is held on the grounds of Pylewell Park, a grand manor in Lymington, Hampshire. We brought Woody’s friend Twiglet along too, she’s a sprocker (springer cross cocker spaniel) and usually lives in Wales.


There were plenty of stalls to explore at Dogstival, for both human and hound. I was particularly impressed with the assortment of food available. There was everything from seafood to pizza, with vegan and gluten free options too. I settled for a Bratwurst (a German hotdog) for lunch, which I obligingly shared with Woody. Later in the day I also sampled Churros (a Spanish doughnut like treat) for the first time. They were so incredibly delicious that Woody didn’t get a look-in.




He did however persuade me to buy a few items from the stalls, including some fish treats from Goodchaps. Woody absolutely adores fish treats. Fish skins are his absolute favourite! Goodchaps are based in the UK and create luxury fish based dog treats. Woody instantly fell in love and was determined to eat all of the samples at their stand. After a bit of encouragement, we eventually left with a small hoard of their treats to try at home!


We foster for Spaniel Aid, looking after spaniels and spaniel crosses while they find their forever home. They don’t always fit in to Woody’s Equafleeces and I’ve been looking for an alternative to help dry them after walks. I was delighted to find Ruff and Tumble dog coats exhibiting at Dogstival this year. The Velcro fastening makes their coats adjustable, perfect for all sizes of spaniel! I ended up purchasing one of their Classic Dog Drying Coats in Sandringham Blue to use on our future foster dogs.




We were also excited to see so many businesses we’ve been following on social media and were fortunate to meet up with some of our Instagram friends too. We popped by the Fur and Fables stand to see Kerry and Scout, one of her 5 whippets. Scout had a tiring day (it’s tough being so fabulous!) so understandably he was snoozing.


We also met up with Josie and Edie, our favourite Instagram hounds. They showed us round the nearby beach, sprinting across the rocks together. The beach was a 5-10 minute walk from the main festival and a great place to relax and unwind. Understandably, there were plenty of dogs around but we managed to find a quiet section further up the shore.




I was really impressed with Dogstival this year. The event was super dog and family friendly. A variety of retailers and businesses were exhibiting, offering everything your dog could ever need. There were also live demonstrations from dog display teams throughout the day and opportunities for your dog to try agility, dock diving and flyball too. Seminars and workshops from vets, behaviourists and other professionals were held throughout the day, covering a variety of canine topics.


Dogstival is definitely one of our favourite dog festivals. There was plenty of space to navigate the event with minimal crowds or queues. It’s a great place to meet dogs of all shapes and sizes; I even spotted a few breeds I’d never seen before!




Did you attend the first ever Dogstival? What did you think? Will you be visiting next year?


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