We’re no longer happy to leave our dogs at home whilst we’re off enjoying wonderful family days out. Our dogs are family members and we want to enjoy days out where they are as welcome as you and I.
Doggy Diary Dates Part 2 is a follow up to an earlier blog post back in May which was visited by hundreds of you doggy-blog readers and subscribers, so we guessed you might be interested in an update, featuring a list of events NI & UK wide. If you know of further events or activities that we could share, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
Who? Galgorm Castle
What? Fairy Trail
Where? 9 The Courtyard, Galgorm Castle Estate, Galgorm, Northern Ireland
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When? ALL YEAR ROUND, Daily, 9am – 5pm but booking is necessary so please visit their website for details
All trails are suitable for dog owners, the organisers will also point out cafes which are suitable to visit with your dog.
The Fairy Trail is a magical trail that makes a great day out with family and friends. Participants follow a simple route and must solve the activity booklet by answering clues in order to complete the walk around the Castle’s Estate, in the lovely village of Galgorm.
Opening Times: 9am – 5pm.
Who? Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
What? Pooches at the Port, ONE-OFF EVENT
Where? Station Square, Portrush
When? Saturday, 26th August, 2017 @ 11am
How Much? Registration £10 per dog/ £5 per additional dog (maximum of 2 dogs per person) Humans go free! All proceeds in support of Cancer Focus NI
It is with tail wagging excitement that Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is calling all dog lovers to sign up to their very first Pooches at the Port event in Station Square, Portrush (outside Barry’s Amusements), on Saturday 26th August to raise vital funds for its family support service.
Bring your four legged friends as well as the whole family for the Family Fun day fundraiser.
The event will feature the central sponsored dog walk along the West Strand -suitable for dogs and owners of all ages, shapes and sizes. The family fun day will also include Dog Agility Shows, Face Painting, Doggy Stalls, Doggy Competitions, and much more.
With top prizes to be won on the day and ‘pawty’ bags for the first 25 to register, this is an event not to be missed by any dog lover.
Who? Paws In The Park
What? Dogtastic days out for you and your dog!
Where? Kent Showground, Detling
When? 16-17 September, 2017
Paws in the Park are Britain’s favourite fun dog shows, with lots of dog games and activities to try including flyball, canine search & rescue, and dog agility. Enjoy a weekend packed with superb arena displays and entertainment, exciting dog activities to try, plus superb shopping for your furry friends. It’s a pawfect day out with the kids too!
Show open from 9.30am to 5.00pm
Who? Discover Dogs
What? London’s Biggest Dog Event
Where? ExCel London
When? 21 & 22 October, 2017
How much? Check Ticket Prices Online
Meet hundreds of dogs, chat to owners, enjoy great shopping and watch world-class displays and competitions. A great day out for the whole family!
What? Dog Fun Park & Dog Agility Arena
Where? Crumlin, Northern Ireland
When? Bookings by appointment
How much? £6 per dog per 60 minutes, £3 per extra dog (from the same family)
This new All-Weather Dog Fun Park & Agility Arena enables you and your dogs to have a great experience whatever the weather.
Smithvale is currently open all year round and recently launched its new dog socialising areas and further agility courses extending to a total of 10 acres of fenced areas, for dogs to exercise and socialise off leash.
Advanced booking is essential for weekend appointments as each 60 minute slot is limited to 10 dogs giving you, and your dog, space to fully enjoy the facilities. For mid-week appointments please call or text Smithvale directly, further details are available on their website and Facebook page.
What? Doggy Fun Park
Where? Banbridge, Northern Ireland
When? Dog Park Open Saturday & Sunday – 10am-4pm, April-September
Private appointments April – September and strictly by appointment only
Behaviour and Training Centre – open all year round, strictly by appointment only
Beechgrove Doggy Fun Park gives your dog the perfect opportunity to socialise, learn a wide variety of skills and behaviours that will last a lifetime… all whilst having fun!
Whether you visit for Weekend Playtime or Private Appointments, Beechgrove offers a clean, safe and secure environment with four different large enclosures which are used to match dogs by size, nature and capability so you and your dog can get the most out of your visit. Beechgrove is set in a tranquil valley of beautiful countryside surroundings, situated just off the A1 dual carriageway between Banbridge & Dromore.
Just a couple of minutes from the park is Beechgrove Behaviour & Training Centre. Their main aim is to build an excellent relationship between you and your dog, through mutual respect, belief and cooperation, using positive training methods. Offering 1-2-1 Training, Specialised Socialisation Groups (for those who need a little help with their social skills), Event Days and much, much more.
This gives every dog a chance to be just that… a dog. Visit the Facebook page for details of individual training classes, Playtime Classes etc.
Who? All About Dogs
What? The UK’s largest Festival for dogs
Where & When?
Various dates at locations across the UK, as follows…
- NORFOLK 27TH – 28TH AUGUST 2017
- HYLANDS 23RD – 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017
- SUFFOLK 2018 DATES COMING SOON
- NEWBURY 14TH – 15TH APRIL 2018
- NEWARK 21ST – 22ND APRIL 2018
- ESSEX 6TH – 7TH MAY 2018
These events are organised by dog lovers for dog lovers and are jam-packed with activities, visit the website to find an All About Dogs festival near you.