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10 things to do with your dog at DogFest


DogFest, the ultimate UK summer festival for dogs, returns in 2017 with even more activities for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy.

Whether you decide to pay us a visit in Cheshire or Hertfordshire, one thing you can be sure of is that we will have plenty of activities guaranteed to entertain your pooch.

Here are 10 things your dog can enjoy at this year’s festival…


There’s no word dogs love to hear more than “WALKIES!” And so, at DogFest 2017 we’re shouting it from the rooftops.

Twice a day (11am and 3pm) The Big Tick Great Dog Walk will take place, giving you and your dog the chance to join thousands of others on a 2km or 4km walk and explore the beautiful grounds of Arley Hall or Knebworth House.

For the first time this year you can also now run the 5km distance in our organised Sunday morning doggy dash.


School 4 Dogs is the place where even the most disobedient dog can become a teacher’s pet. Taking place in the Drontal Main Ring, our dog school will feature a programme of events designed to teach you all about dog and puppy training.

Special sessions will include temperament testing, obedience classes, trick training, puppy training and training with props.

Remember, you can always teach an old dog new tricks.

Lead us not into Temptation Alley

The intriguing Temptation Alley is one of our most popular events, for dogs and humans.

Put your dog’s resolve to the test by placing them inside a course filled with treats, toys and tasty food. It is then your task to call your dog back to you to see if they can resist all those enticing goodies! This event is fantastic fun to watch as well as to take part in and a great opportunity to see if your dog has what it takes to resist temptation.

Have-a-go agility

Our Natural Instinct Agility Ring is equipped with jumps, tunnels, hurdles and fun frames for your canine to tackle. And if that doesn’t tire you both out then have a go at Flyball - a ball shooting machine that lets dog play FETCH to their heart’s content.

Dog Diving

If your dog can’t resist making a splash, then they will LOVE our dog diving feature. Take them off their leads and watch them as they jump, dive and swim in our special doggy pool.

The Hay Race

 The Hay Race was one of our most popular have-a-go features at DogFest last year, enjoyed by many dogs and owners alike!  Dogs are timed as they jump over a series of hay bales, encouraged by their owner waiting at the finish line! Many of the owners show their dogs how it's done first, whilst the dog is waiting at the start line, so it's a lot of fun for all!  Prizes can be offered for the fastest time hourly, daily or at the end of each morning/afternoon.  

Can you dig it?

Not every dog is lucky enough to have a garden and even if they do, you probably don’t want them digging around in it too much. The Big Dog Dig will provide a special garden/digging zone with soil and flower beds, where dogs can have timed slots of 5 minutes to dig for treats or "Golden Bones" for bigger prizes.

No dog goes home empty pawed as all they will all be given a treat whether or not they find a treat or bone during their dig.

Best in show

With a range of fun contests and competitions to take part in, dogs of all shapes and sizes can get involved in our Top Dog Ring.  If your dog can show off a trick or two, is a golden oldie or part of a fabulous family then head down to our ring and join in.

Competitions are open to all visitors and bookable in advance, with some places available on the day. 

A dog’s holiday

If one day is simply not enough, then why not extend your DogFest day out to the full weekend. For the first time this year we have camping spots available to give you the chance to pitch up with your tent and escape for a UK getaway with friends of the two and four-legged kind.


If you want to make it an extra special day out for you and your friends, then upgrade your tickets to a Leucillin VIP experience. Enjoy fast track entrance, premium goodie bags, lunch and free refreshments all day long.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the ultimate day out for you and your dog.
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