Sun's Out, Tongue's Out

5 fun things to do with your dog this Summer

Summer doesn't just mean you have to search endlessly for beaches where four legged friends are welcome - as you know, most of them ban us from May to September. There are plenty of other fun adventures to be had when the sun is out.

Here are our first 5 suggestions - look out for more coming soon and let us know if you have recommendations of your own.

Please take care of your pooches in warm weather. Make sure you always have water for them and access to shade if necessary and also be aware how warm tubes, trains and buses can be.

Go Boating with GoBoat

Round up a few friends, pack a picnic and head down to the river for a watery adventure where you don't have to get wet!

Four Legged friends of all sizes are welcome on all GoBoats and fit up to 8 humans. The self-drive boats set sail daily from Paddington, Kingston and Canary Wharf and you can choose a 1,2,3 or 4 hour adventure. Prices from £95 for 1 hour trip.

It's great fun and you get to see London from a different angle.

Check out our Kingston blog for where to eat afterwards and be sure to visit Daisy Green when in Paddington.

Where: Merchant Square,Paddington, Kingston Bridge and Bellmouth Passage, Canary Wharf

Go Walkies in Wisley

If your humans love plants and beautiful landscapes, then you will enjoy an evening stroll at RHS Wisley.

Pooches aren't normally permitted in these stunning gardens but they open them up for us on selected evenings from April to September. The landscape is constantly changing depending on what plants are in bloom but rest assured you will get plenty of photos for the 'gram!

Times vary and get booked up quickly so get your tickets now if you want to go this year. Humans pay £7.50 entry and dogs go free.

Grab a bite to eat at The Cricketers in nearby Cobham.

Where: RHS Wisley, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

Take the train around Ruislip Lido

Ruislip Lido is a great place to visit as there is a beach (dogs on leads), woodlands and best of all a miniature railway which goes around the perimeter.

The journey lasts around 20 minutes and costs each human £2.50 - dogs go free.

Be sure to pop into Ruislip centre and grab breakfast or lunch at The Red Onion Cafe.

Where: Ruislip HA4 7TX

Go VIP at DogFest

DogFest has something for every dog and this year they have more shows than ever.

Coming up this Summer are shows in Cheshire, Leicestershire, Edinburgh, Knebworth and Yorkshire where pooches can try out activities such as flyball and agility. Humans can attend workshops and of course there is plenty of food and stalls selling everything a pampered pooch deserves.

With the VIP Pooch Experience you get:
• Free parking in dedicated area • Fast Track Entry to DogFest • VIP tent; indoor and outdoor seating, plus cloakroom • Exclusive Goody Bag including DogFest merch • A complimentary drink (beer, prosecco or soft drink) • Complimentary ice cream for you and your dog • Off lead area for your dogs to enjoy • Live music for you and your dog • Quality handpicked food options available to purchase

The human said it's worth the £80.25 for the toilets alone!

Be sure to say hi to our friends at Wyldcub who are at all DogFest shows this Summer.


Never stop dancing at Neverland

Neverland - Fulham Beach is like a little slice of Ibiza but on the Thames and your pooch can come too!

Every summer the outdoor area is covered with sand and it's party time! There are beach huts, cabanas, a DJ, bars and food and games.

Neverland opens Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. It can be a little too loud for dogs inside at busy times but quieter outside.

Where: Wandsworth Bridge Rd, London SW6 2TY