The first four-legged festival off the starting blocks this summer, Dogstival is set to be a brilliant and well deserved celebration for furry friends, after seemingly endless months of eat, dog walk, sleep, repeat.
Glastonbury with the bark-factor, Dogstival 2021 will take place Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June in the gorgeous surroundings of Burley Park in the New Forest, and promises a weekend dedicated to a dog’s enjoyment, fun, taste buds and more. And for all the lockdown pooches, it's the perfect opportunity to get out there and start ‘petworking’ with their fellow dog-kind.
Here are some of the things you can look forward to as well as catching up with Archie and Nacho who will be there as VIPs.
The main arena will have demonstrations from acclaimed gundog expert Sam Thatcher, Little Nippers and Lurchers & Hawk racing. It will also feature thrilling displays from Hampshire Fire & Rescue ‘Arson Task Force’ Dog Team, a flyball tournament with leading teams from across the south taking part, as well as fun quizzes and an old-fashioned sports day where owners can compete with their dogs to win prizes
Other activities include canicross, flyball, agility and fun scent demo challenges, as well as the giant K9 dog diving pool for those who prefer their fun in water. There’ll also be fun canine IQ test, to reveal exactly ‘how smart is your dog?’
New for 2021 will be Barkour - a canine version of Parkour. An adventure playground for dogs and owner.
There will be live music for the humans and 140 stalls for them to spend money on us pooches.
The Dog House stage will have talks and demonstrations from This Morning's Vet Scott Miller, a live canine cooking class and tips for puppies and first time dog owners from behaviourist Natalie Light.
Humans and doggies will all be catered for with stalls selling every doggy delicacy imaginable and locally sourced food and drink, catering for all tastes or dietary requirements.
Dogstival will be packed with epic photo props and opportunities, to capture the day on camera and share via social, so guests are encouraged to come groomed and dressed to impress!
Dogstival takes place on 5th & 6th June 2021 at Burley Park, New Forest For more information and tickets, visit Dogstival.co.uk and follow their socials @dogstival. Tickets are priced £13.90 adults, £8 children 6 years old plus. Concessions available.