A new festival for dogs and dog lovers in the New Forest National Park. Hosted by Chris Packham and with a stunning venue at Pylewell Park with open fields, exciting woodlands to explore and even its own beach! The festival will have some of the best food and drink producers from across the New Forest, a vintage fun fair and live music.
Join the pack, meet hundreds of other dogs and owners whilst watching world class dog displays. The main arena will host ShadowQuest, Paws For Thought and the Rockwood Display Teams. The festival will have lurchers, terriers and hawks chasing, swooping wowing the crowds across Pylewell Park along with working dog displays across the weekend.
There’ll be hundreds of stands to eat, drink or shop at across the festival and the event will be working really hard to help showcase businesses locally or from based along the south coast.
They'll be interactive displays where everyone can get involved and learn more about their four-legged friends, but more importantly have lots of fun. Why not seek out the Dogstival cartoonist or the Dogstival Photobooth, where you can capture the day in your own unique way?
More about the event:
Dogstival Main Arena – the heartbeat of this exciting new dog day out, this is the place to watch the dazzling skills of traditional working, therapy and assistance dogs from some of the best display teams in the UK including Shadow Quest, Paws For Thought and The Rockwood Display
Dog House Behavioural Stage – owners can get a deeper understanding of their dog’s wellbeing and behaviour from canine experts covering topics such as mental stimulation, separation anxiety, diet, exercise and more. Recognising that much of a dog’s life is spent in the home, the stage will be transformed into a life-like house setting to explore typical issues that happen in the household. Visitors will be invited to submit their dog as an on-stage case study in advance of the show
Have-A-Go – because who wants to just sit and watch? Getting tails wagging will be an array of activities for dogs to try their paw at. Splash about in the K9 Aqua Sports Pool, enjoying canine aquatic sport otherwise known as dock diving. There’s also agility and flyball to get the pace going. Plus, dogs can enjoy dips and water-soaked fetch on Pylewell Park’s very own beach
Happy Hound Den – dedicated to all things canine pamper and chill, dogs can recharge from all the excitement with power naps and relaxing grooms, while humans chat with fellow owners
Boutique shopping – visitors can expect over 200 quality stalls catering to a dog’s every need, as well as lots of wonderful goods and gifts from local New Forest producers
Artisan Food & Drink – harvested from talented Hampshire and the New Forest producers. Fuelling the humans’ day will be a host of food from local land and sea including delights such as wood fired pizza, crispy squid, Hampshire hog roast, freshly made Isle of Wight fishcakes, local ale, craft gin, freshly squeeze juice and more. Dogs can expect their own menus too!
The Dogstival Lounge – hosted by one half of BBC Radio’s Barking Blonde Anna Webb, head here to listen to inspiring talks and insights from patrons and partners including Chris Packham and the New Forest Parks team. More details to be announced
The Dogstival Awards – honouring local pets, people and businesses, who’ve overcome challenges, demonstrated bravery, worked hard for a cause or gone the extra mile to make a dog feel welcome
Tickets available online or from the gate on the day. Parking at the event is free.
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