Unmissable Dog Friendly Events and Festivals in 2024

Here in the UK we love celebrating our trusty canine companions. So it comes as no surprise that the calendar is packed with events where Fido is at the heart of the festivities. Whether you want to try new activities such as dog agility and flyball, watch top doggy athletes, or get together with other dog lovers and their four-legged friends, check out our list of unmissable dog-friendly events, and book a break for some dog-focussed fun in 2024. 

Goodwoof

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18-19 May 2024, Goodwood

At a location better known for horse racing and motorsports, Goodwood in West Sussex hosts the ultimate dogs days out at The Kennels. There’s a packed schedule of unique experiences, from action sports and dog yoga, to Fido’s lido and have-a-go field and trail events. Then there’s the barkitecture design competition, wellness workshops, talks from behavioural and veterinary experts, and world-class shows from top canine athletes. 

Website: www.goodwood.com/goodwoof/

DogFest 2024

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Various dates and locations from May to September

Now in its 10th year, Dogfest is the nation’s favourite festival created by dog-lovers, for dog-lovers. 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 Tatton Park in Cheshire 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

Crufts

Crufts

7-10 March 2024
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

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Various dates and locations from April to August 2024

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 four venues to choose from – 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

Dogstival 

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1-2 June 2024
Burley Park, The New Forest

The New Forest has long been one of our top dog-friendly destinations, and this year it’s hosting the coolest dog festival of the pack. Far from the formalities of many dog shows and events, Dogstival is more like a canine party, with live music, splash pools, a doggy disco and a muddy paws tavern. Enter the dog show or watch on the sidelines, make sure your pooch is in tip-top condition at the canine MOT centre, and enjoy all the thrills of a vintage fun fair.

Website: www.dogstival.co.uk

Paws in the Park

Paws in the park
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18-19 May 2024 Sussex
14-15 Sept 2024 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. Paws in the Park is all about having fun with Fido, and there are plenty of stalls where you can stock up on treats for the whole pack. With dog-friendly entertainment for all ages and breeds, this really is the paw-fect festival, not to mention great self-catering options in West Sussex and Kent.

Website: www.pawsinthepark.net

Muddy Dog Challenge

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May 2024
New Forest, West Sussex and London

If you and your dog are up for a challenge, hit the 2.5-5km trails and obstacles of these Muddy Dog Challenges and raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the process. It’s a fun day out and a test of your – and your dog’s – agility, as you tackle muddy courses through beautiful countryside. It’s all in the name of charity, so take it at your own pace, or come and cheer from the sidelines.

Website: https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk

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 2024…

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

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  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!

    2. Elliot Walker

      Thanks for the tip Mark, sounds like a great doggy day out, we’ve added it to the mix.

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