If you are anything like me, you have just polished off your list of why you won’t be joining your friends at music festivals this summer (or any other time really. “Hate tents”, “not my music”, “don’t like people”)? It’s probably all true. But wait: there is a festival for people like us. Dog people. Dogstival is coming to New Forest.
On the weekend of 18./19. May, dog-loving naturalist Chris Packham will be hosting the festival in Pylewell Park Estate, in one of England’s most beautiful (and doggy) beauty spots, offering both woodlands and beach.
It won’t be just walkies: Chris wants to bring ideas about dog wellbeing for an even happier life together to his human audience. Dogstival includes:
- The main area, where therapy and assistance dogs show off their skills
- The behavioural stage built like a life-like house, where expert help with issues such as separation anxiety
- Lots of activities to participate in, such as dock diving, agility and flyball
- A pamper den
- Artisanal food and drink from local producers in Hampshire
- The Dogstival lounge, hosted by BBC Radio’s Barking Blonde presenter Anna Webb.
There will also be an awards show, honouring pets, people and companies who are very, very good dogs (and dog people).
Book tickets now for either one or both days. Tickets are £13.50 for adults and £7.50 for children five or older. See you there!