Dog-Friendly Festivals and Events
It’s likely that Devon and Cornwall and their multifarious attractions will be more than enough to keep you and your pooch occupied on your holiday. But there are a number of annual festivals and events that are worth taking time out to attend – some of which are even worth basing a trip around. Check out our selection of some of the best.
North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival
Dates: Over the May Day Bank Holiday period.
The North Devon and Exmoor Spring Walking Festival features an entire programme of walks dedicated entirely to people walking with their dogs. Overall there are 36 guided walks on offer, ranging from short strolls to full day excursions, and 20 of these are suitable for human hikers and their hounds (providing, of course, that both the people and their pooches are well-behaved and fit enough for the route in question). The festival starts in the Ilfracombe area, exploring that corner of Devon for two days before moving on to Lynton for another two days. It then moves on to Porlock for 2 days and finally to Dunster for the last three days over the May Day Bank holiday. Walks all either follow a thematic route – for example 'Explore the Torrs', 'Lorna Doone Country' and 'Victorian Entrepreneurs and Explorers' - or explore a specific spot, such as 'Hidden Bays, Rocky Valley & Barton'. The cost of participation ranges from free to £8.
Bring your Dog to Market 2016
Dates: Thursday 23rd June : 8am to 1pm, Saturday 25th June: 8am to 1pm
All pooches welcome at South Molton Country Market
GRWE Princetown Show
Princetown, Devon, PL20 6QX
Date: 17th July 2016
A fun dog show in one of the most spectacular locations in Devon, promising lots to do and see, including dog show, BBQ, trade stands and lots more
Dog's Trust Ilfracombe
Location: Mullacottt Equestrian Centre, Mullacott Cross, Ilfracombe, EX34 8NA
Date: 17th July 2016
Annual fun day! Something for everyone at their summer fun days - includes raffles to dog shows, crafts stalls and refreshmen
Croyde Beer Festival
Down End Field, Croyde, North Devon, EX33 1QE
Date: 12th, 13th and 14th August
With over 50 ales and ciders, pimms and prosecco, Croyde craft market, ferret racing, inflatable fun for the kids and a full line-up of bands. Book tickets HERE
K9 Focus - Filleigh Dog Show
Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple, EX32 0RH
Date: 4th September
Fun for all the familiy - with or without a dog! There's plenty to do - with bouncey castles, dog shows (15 classes), stalls, tombola, flyball racing, have a go agility and now includes a " 5K Jog with your Dog" event.