The nation’s favourite dog-friendly festival returns this summer to celebrate its 10th anniversary

15th April 2024


The nation’s favourite dog-friendly festival returns this summer to celebrate its 10th anniversary


DogFest returns this summer with a programme packed full of fun to celebrate the Festival’s 10th anniversary – and a big birthday wish to welcome more dog breeds than ever before!
From Dog Dancing with Crufts’ Heelwork to Music winner Nicci Hindson and her dog Elsa, to the Big Dog Walk, this year’s events feature all the Festival favourites plus new activities including Barn Hunt, a fun and exciting new sport that taps into a dog’s natural instinct to sniff and search, and Dogaoke, so that everyone – dogs included – can sing Happy Birthday!
What began in 2014 as a small gathering for dog-lovers is now a much-loved canine extravaganza, with events taking place at seven venues across the country. Over the past ten years, more than one million dogs and visitors have attended DogFest across 29 different venues.
To mark this milestone, organisers have set a challenge to take place across all seven DogFest venues. Ever popular at DogFest are the Breed Meet Ups, giving dog owners an opportunity to get together with other members of the DogFest community and to celebrate their favourite breeds. This year, the goal is for the Best of the Rest category to be the biggest yet, with each of DogFest’s seven venues competing to see which Festival can bring together the most breeds.
CEO and Founder of DogFest, Nicole Cooper, said:
“We are so excited about our 10th anniversary year! Since our first event, more than 50,000 very soggy doggies have enjoyed splashing around in our Dog Diving activities, there have been over 1,000 winners in our Fun Dog Shows and over 650 miles have been covered in our Big Dog Walks – which is further than walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End!”
She added:
“We’re grateful for the support of our community, sponsors, and the countless dog lovers who have made this event a success. Here’s to another ten years of celebrating the love we share with our furry friends!”

As part of the celebration, there are also opportunities to get involved online. Organisers would love to see photos and videos of favourite DogFest memories over the past ten years and are inviting people to share content on social media using hashtags #DogFest10 #WalkiesDownMemoryLane
And it wouldn’t be a party without a song and a dance, so dog owners are also invited to share clips of them dancing and singing with their dogs using the #DogFest10 hashtag.
Official Charity Partner
Dogs Trust has been the Official Charity Partner of DogFest since 2021, and the Dogs Trust Village and Dog School Arena feature at all seven DogFest venues. Through DogFest events and through online campaigns, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for the charity.

DogFest takes place at the following venues:
Loseley Park, Surrey – 27th & 28th April
Ragley Hall, Warwickshire – 25th & 26th May
Burghley House, Lincolnshire – 8th & 9th June
Tatton Park, Cheshire – 15th & 16th June
Ashton Court, Bristol – 31st August & 1st September Harewood House, Yorkshire – 7th & 8th September
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire – 21st & 22nd September
Tickets are on sale now. To book and for further information:

About DogFest
A decade of devotion to our four-legged companions has transformed DogFest into a must-attend event for pet enthusiasts, breed aficionados, and families seeking a day filled with furry fun. From its modest beginnings in 2014 as a small gathering for dog-lovers, year-on-year DogFest has grown, bringing fun and famous faces – including Clare Balding, Noel Fitzpatrick, Michaela Strachan, Matt Baker, Scott Miller and more – to its venues across the UK. DogFest is now a yearly highlight, synonymous with celebrating the unique bond between humans and their canine companions.