Forget Glastonbury – this summer there’s loads of PAWSOME festivals to chose from and you can take your four legged friend with you too.
Enjoy music from chart-topping acts like Jessie J, eat streetfood and try craft beers and ciders – all with your dog by your side.
I did a round up of the most doggy friendly days out and events this summer for the Sunday Mirror.
This one day dog friendly music festival is organised by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals featuring Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs and The Vamps plus welfare advice, dog displays and lots of pet merchandise.
6th May, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucester.
The Great North Dog Walk
It’s the world’s biggest dog walk and last year 30,000 dogs took part and 185 different breeds enjoying a three mile walk on the North East Coast.
There’s a Scruffts competition, pug agility and even dog weddings and founder Tony Carlisle is hoping to break the Guinness World Record once again this year for the most dogs on one walk.
3rd June, South Shields, Newcastle.
Dog Fest is a day out for dogs but visitors can find treats for all kinds of pets and watch displays, agility competitions and listen to host Noel Fitzpatrick speak about his work helping animals.
It’s on at three locations and you can camp for the whole weekend.
16th-17th June at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire.
23rd-24th June at Ashton Court, Bristol.
7th-8th July at Knebworth Hall, Hertfordshire.
Dubbed ‘The Ulti-Mutt doggy day out’ attractions include fly ball competitions, agility training, terrier racing, breed stands, dog show and a doggy splash pool.
There’s children’s entertainment, food stalls and lots of dog stands.
23rd-24th June 2018, Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire.
It won an award for the UK’s best Dog Friendly Day Out and this year’s event includes dog shows, displays and demonstrations, music, street food and stalls with all kinds of goodies for dogs and their owners.
Expect a mix of independent bands and artists, including Bert Miller who has hits named ‘Don’t eat our friends,’ ‘Bunny Huggers’ and ‘Monkeys.’
4th August, Coronation Park, Dartmouth.
Dog Lovers Festival
This is a dog friendly craft beer, cider and gin extravaganza with 150 pop up stalls for pup owners, and a marquee where you can learn about pet first aid, canine massage and nutrition.
4th-5th August Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby.
The Pet Show
You can take your dog along to this event and see all kinds of creatures and hundreds of pet businesses.
There’s six different zones; the kennels, cattery, aviary, hutch and run, vivarium and aquarian and animal discovery where you can meet rare animals.
18th-19th August at Staffordshire County Showground, Staffordshire.
The anti-puppy farming charity puts on a fun dog show to share their vital message and to encourage people buying puppies always to ask where the dog’s mum is.
Expect celebs, lots of different breeds of rescue dogs and pet brands and the event is hosted by TV vet and Pup Aid founder Marc Abrahams.
1st September, Primrose Hill, London.
Family Pet Show
Enjoy fun dog shows and see all kinds of animals, from alpacas to giant tortoises. BGT star Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard are performing and film and book sensation James Bowen and Street Cat Bob are there.
The dog show is a qualifier for Scruffts.
6th-7th October Event City, Manchester