6 must-visit dog events in Great Britain

Check out our top picks of the best dog events in Great Britain. From pup-friendly festivals to charity events, there’s a world of fun to enjoy.
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Great Britain plays host to a wide variety of dog events throughout the year, but we’ve shortlisted six of the best, from festivals to shows and fundraising events, there’s something both you and your dog will enjoy.


Established in 2014, DogFest provides all the entertainment you and your pooch need.

Take part in the Big Dog Walk, get some expert training tips from seasoned dog trainers, or simply chill with your pup for the weekend and make some new four-legged friends.

DogFest takes place in seven locations during the year so check out our pet-friendly hotels to find the one closest to you.

Paws in the Park

Paws in the Park is the largest family-friendly dog event in the UK, with two events per year.

Frolic around in the ‘Dash n Splash’ or try and beat the top time in the Recall Race, before watching some of the action-packed dog displays. You can even camp overnight if you want the full festival experience.

For Kent: Judds Folly, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western Hotel is just a 25-minute drive from the Showground. 

For Sussex:  Boship Lions Farm Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western is only 45 minutes from the Showground.

Woofstock Festival

Check out Woofstock, the ultimate doggy music festival.

With tribute acts for Taylor Swift, Elton John, Dolly Parton and many more, you’re not going to want to miss out on this fun-filled weekend.

Check out the Service Dog displays, agility courses and plenty of doggy games, you and your pooch will have the time of your lives at Woofstock.

The Best Western Exeter Lord Haldon Country Hotel is only a 23-minute drive from the venue, so why not book a room?


Enjoy two fun-filled dog days out at Goodwoof.

Get busy with enrichment activities for you and your pet and attend wellness workshops, key talks from veterinary and behavioural specialists, and several play activities you can take part in with your dog.

Book a stay at the Beachcroft Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western - it’s only a 20 minute drive away.

Muddy Dog Challenge

Get fundraising and take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge.

Take on either the 2.5k or 5k obstacle course to raise money for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. There’s plenty of water stations for your furry friend and they even get a free bandana for taking part!

The Muddy Dog Challenge is also held at multiple locations, but we've got plenty of pet-friendly hotels to choose from.

The Dog Lover Show

Get tickets to Scotland’s biggest dog show.

Commission a hand drawn portrait of your pooch or turn them into a fashion icon with some new accessories – there’s plenty of stalls to buy from.

Not only can you watch the main stage events, you can also ‘Meet the Breeds’ and have a meet and greet, plus photo opportunity, with some of Scotland’s most famous Instadogs.

Best Western Garfield House Hotel is just a 19-minute drive from the SEC ­­– book in now for your Scottish getaway.

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