Unmissable Dog Friendly Events and Festivals in 2023

As a new year lies ahead, it’s a great time to fill the calendar with things to look forward to with your dog. Across the UK there’s no shortage of events where Fido can be part of the festivities. So check out our list of unmissable dog-friendly events, snap up your tickets and book a break for some dog-focussed fun in 2023. 

DogFest 2023

Photo coutesy of DogFest 2023

Various dates and locations from May to September

Created by dog-lovers for dog-lovers, Dogfest is the ultimate day out with your four-legged friend. With fun dog shows, group dog walks and canine experts on hand with training tips, you can try your hand (and paw) at a variety of activities, all taking place in stunning venues from Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire to Aston Court in Bristol and Harewood House in Yorkshire. So pick your spot for a pet-friendly holiday and brace yourself for dog displays, festival food and drink, and the chance to teach any dog new tricks. 

Website: www.dog-fest.co.uk



9-12 March 2023
NEC Birmingham

The stellar event in any dog lover’s calendar is this four-day event organised by The Kennel Club. Attracting over 18,000 competitors, highlights include the pedigree beauty parade, astounding agility events and doggy workshops. Only competing dogs are permitted into the showground, so glam up and enter for the Best in Show crown. Make a holiday of it by hiring a dog-friendly retreat nearby in Warwickshire or Worcestershire. Or kick back with your pooch at home and watch it on their YouTube channel.

Website: www.crufts.org.uk

All About Dogs

Photo courtesy of All about Dogs

Various dates and locations from April to August

These casual weekends are jam packed with exciting have-a-go activities, fun dog shows, amazing arena displays, advice from industry experts and pet-focused shopping. There are six venues to choose from including Newbury, Newark, Hylands and Norfolk, all of which make great destinations for a dog-friendly break. Choose your favourite and pack up for some fun with the family and your four-legged friends. 

Website: www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk


Photo courtesy of Dogstival

3-4 June
Broadlands Park, Romsey

Ready for the coolest dog show of the pack? From the Animal Friends show ring to the Canine MOT centre and K9 Splash Pool, you can tackle fitness challenges, behavioural workshops and aqua sports with your hound, join in or watch the dog show, and enjoy all the thrills of a vintage fun fair. Once you’ve worn out your furry friends, quench your thirst at the Muddy Paws tavern where you can enter the big dog quiz and have a boogie at the doggy disco. If you’re not camping at the event, base yourself at one of the wonderful holiday homes in Hampshire.

Website: www.dogstival.co.uk

Paws in the Park

Paws in the park
Photo courtesy of Paws in the Park

20-21 May 2023 Sussex
16-17 Sept 2023 Kent

Get wet with your pet in the aquazone, and have a go at all sorts of doggy activities from flyball and agility to canine cross and gundog scurries. Don’t worry if you miss out on the pet-friendly prizes, it’s all about having fun, and there’s plenty of shopping where you can stock up on treats for the whole pack. With dog-friendly entertainment for all ages and breed, this really is the paw-fect festival, not to mention great self-catering options in West Sussex and Kent.

Website: www.pawsinthepark.net

Wondering why you and your hound will love a dog-friendly event?

– You’ll meet other dog owners and it’s a great way to socialise your dog.
– Learn about dogs and canine behaviour from the experts.
– Buy specialist pet products.
– Watch talented dogs doing agility, flyball and other displays.
– Join in fun dog shows.
– Support dog-focused organisations and charities.
– It’s a great excuse for a dog-friendly holiday. 

Time to book a break for a dog-friendly event in 2023…

Checkout our range of paw-friendly pads and find the perfect retreat where you can attend your favourite dog-friendly festival. 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mark Gammage

    Don’t forget Woof Mudder in Cheshire on 23rd April – a fun and mud filled day out for all dogs and their owners!

    1. Elliot Walker

      Thanks Mark. That event looks great. We will add it to the list!

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