Doggy Diary Dates Part 2

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!

AUGUST, 2017


Who?                     Galgorm Castle

What?                   Fairy Trail

Where?                9 The Courtyard, Galgorm Castle Estate, Galgorm, Northern Ireland 

                                 View Map Location
When?                 ALL YEAR ROUND, Daily, 9am – 5pm but booking is necessary so please visit their                                           website for details

Facebook           @GalgormCastleFairyTrail  



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

Facebook           @cancerfocusni


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  

Facebook           @PawsMDS

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

Facebook          @DiscoverDogs



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!


Who?                    Smithvale

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.

Who?                    Beechgrove

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…       

How much?              Ticket prices vary, visit the website for further details

Facebook                 @AllAboutDogsShow        



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.   

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