Want to meet some new dog-loving pals or just find creative ways to connect with your four-legged best friend? With the UK’s increasing obsession with dogs, festivals are springing up all over the country where you can meet fellow dog lovers and join dog clubs. Here are a few of paw-fect destinations and events to visit with your four-legged buddy, whether it’s only for a day out or as part of a longer dog-friendly vacation.
Snowdonia and North Wales
North Wales & Snowdonia earns the top rank for the second year in a row, with over 14,000 loving pets enjoying a dog-friendly break in the magnificent region in 2021. A pet-friendly North Wales vacation offers a wide selection of activities, including lush landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, rolling hills, picturesque valleys, and traditional villages.
Cumbria’s Lake District
Without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous sites in the British Isles. There’s plenty to do with your canine here, including riding the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam train in the south-western portion of the Lake District, which accepts dogs for a modest cost. For history buffs and walkers, we’d recommend this dog-friendly trip over other UK dog-friendly vacations. Walking options abound in this gorgeous national park. Your dog will be in puppy bliss!
Norfolk’s Holkham Bay
Holkham is a beautiful dog-friendly beach that is part of a National Nature Reserve and has no restrictions throughout the year. Depending as to how far you wish to walk, you can choose from a variety of paths. You might also join the Norfolk Coastal Path for a lengthier stroll in a different setting.
Crufts: The World’s Greatest Dog Show
Crufts is without a doubt the UK’s largest dog show. Crufts is the world’s largest dog show, so it’s definitely worth visiting. Every year, there is a lot of anticipation for this event. All of the competitors want to be named Crufts’ grand champion. The best purebred dogs and their owners from all over the world come to compete for the coveted title of Best in Show, after initially competing in their breed and dog division. There are also thousands of stalls that showcase new dog products such as toys, apparels and doggy snacks. Crufts lays 100% pet-friendly fake grass built exclusively for canines so it’s comfortable to walk in with your furry friends. Artificial grass is also easier and faster to clean up so the area is always neat and hygienic for both humans and dogs. It is usually held at the NEC in Birmingham between the 10th and 13th of March.
All About Dogs Shows
This is a range of dog shows hosted across the UK that are organized by dog lovers for dog lovers and are guaranteed to get your furry companion’s tail swishing. There are a plethora of simply pawsome activities on offer for you and your pooch to participate in, such as entertaining dog shows, have-a-go activities like flyball, agility, and gundog shows, experts offering out advice, and a plethora of stalls to reward both you and your pet with.
Paws in the Park
This is a dog-friendly event that aims to bring the dog world together with a variety of human and dog-friendly activities. The Arena hosts some of the best four-legged attractions, including outstanding agility and guide and gun dog demonstrations. Likewise, there’ll be more than enough for the canines to do, with try-it sessions in flyball, rescue operations, and more, as well as tournaments and a friendly dog show.