Dogstival is new for 2019 and does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a whole weekend of dog related festivities, which took place at Pylewell Park in the New Forest. It’s a great family day out as although it is, of course, centred around our favourite furry friends, there are loads of activities to take part in and stalls and shops to explore. This year we were very lucky to receive some gifted tickets so that we could take Archie and Fox along and to check out all of the fun.
If you’re not familiar with our furry pals, they have their own about pages here and here! The drive to Pylewell and the Estate itself is so lovely; we were driving from Southampton so took the chance to drive through the forest and Beaulieu to get to Dogstival on the day. There was plenty of parking at the event, which is handy when you have car filled with excited furry faces!
We made our way through the entrance with a cheeky stop at the Dogstival photo frame!
Once we were in the event I honestly couldn’t believe how much there was to see and do and there were so many dogs. I mean, that’s probably a given when you take into account that it’s called Dogstival but there were hundreds of dogs, of all shapes and sizes! We saw Bernese mountain dogs, Dobermans, Pugs, Frenchies, working dogs, Whippets and Chihuahuas and everything in between. All the dogs were on leads to avoid potential chaos and to make sure everyone was on their best behaviour!
I loved the fact that there were lots of local and independent suppliers with stands at the event. Adam grabbed a coffee from Dorset Ground coffee and it was also great to see Vegan Boys from the IOW with a stand there too. There was a great spread of dog events and activities, including shows with working dogs, a chance for your dogs to take part in flyball (which was absolutely hilarious), an agility course, k9 plunge pool, a little eco store (which I visited and bought some plastic free dental floss!) and loads of other things in between.
I also particularly enjoyed the talk from behaviourist Adem Fehmi who did a display of some behavioural training which was really interesting. Oh did I mention that Dogstival also had a funfair?! and a dog BEACH?!
Dogstival was honestly a dog’s perfect day out (and mine!) We met so many lovely dogs and owners and Archie and Fox absolutely loved sniffing around and digging through the goodie bag we got from the lovely team at Bark and Beyond PR. And trust me there was a lot of sniffing. By the time we got home the dogs were absolutely exhausted and slept for the rest of the day.
We’re keeping all our fingers and paws crossed that Dogstival returns again next year; we will 100% be going back! Did anyone else get the chance to check it out? If you fancy reading more about the event, or want to keep an eye out for tickets for next year, you can check their website.