Bring your hound to Suffolk for a Doggy Day Out! Here you can find details of beaches you can take them on throughout the year, Dog shows, and links to dog-friendly accommodation & hotels.
Dog Friendly Days Out Suffolk Edition
Saturday 3 June – Monks Eleigh Fete
1 pm to 5 pm. Monks Eleigh Recreation Field, Church Hill, Monks Eleigh, IP7 7JL
Traditional good fun and fantastic dog show in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages. Family and dog friendly. Entertainment, stalls, teas, barbecue, beer… Free Entry.
Sunday 4 June – Felsham Family Funday
2-5 pm. Felsham and Gedding Playing Field, Lower Green, Felsham Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0PP
An afternoon out for all the family. Come and pet the farm animals, have a go at a variety of rural crafts, show your dog in our fun dog show, and marvel at the skills of dog agility. Talk to the local farmer and take a close-up view of farm equipment you normally see only in the distance and have a go at milling grain. Enjoy watching the events in the central arena and join in with the egg-throwing and classic children’s games and races. Whilst waiting for the magic show, the children can have a go at the traditional village fete games, fairground rides and fun play equipment and make their very own mosaic to take home. And for those who have surplus energy come and bounce on the bouncy castle! Exhausted parents and carers can refresh themselves at the food hall; with beer, wine, and soft drinks to wash down burgers or hotdogs. (Vegetarian options are also available). For the more refined, relax with tea and cake or scones, jam & cream. Finish off with ice cream and Pimms…
FREE ENTRY, Activities cost, but all very reasonable prices to suit all pockets and families of any size. FREE PARKING ON SITE.
11th June – Strutt Your Mutt Charity Dog Day
Gates open at 9 am
Woodfarm Barn, Benacre, Beccles, NR34 7BL
Dog walks on the beautiful Benacre Estate 2 and 5-mile routes through areas of the estate usually closed to the public. Arena entertainment and dog-themed activities throughout the day. Shopping, bar, food, and live music.
Adult – £5.00, Child (6 – 16 years) – £3.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) – £14.00
Tel: 01502578999, Email: [email protected]
Sunday 11 June – Stonham Barns Dog Extravaganza
10.00am until 4.00pm. Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT
A fun-filled, family and fluffy friends day out. Features a host of exciting arena events, dog and duck show, exhibitors, breed stands, trade stands, food & drink, entertainment, and the visitor favourite ‘Have a Go Events’ where everyone has the chance to get involved and win! We are looking forward to welcoming back the Phoenix K9 Dog team, Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team, and the wonderful Seadogs Training display, along with Sarah & her team at The Pet Grooming Barn. Free face painting, kids inflatables, games, raffles, and more! For more information about the venue, see Stonham Barns
Saturday 15 July – Lamarsh Village Fete
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Shrubs Farm, Lamarsh, Bures, CO8 5EA
Village Fete in aid of Church and Village Hall. Archery, Maypole, Dog Show, BBQ, Bar, Teas, Ice Creams, Raffle, Sports, and Games for ALL ages
£1 admission, incl. ticket for the prize draw. Under 14s free.
Email: [email protected]
Saturday 17 June – 18 June, Journey Through The Ages Vintage Rally and Country Fair
10.00am – 6.00pm Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday
Goodrich Park, Palgrave, Diss, IP22 1BA
Fun-filled Family day out. With 500 exhibits to look at from vintage cars, tractors, steam engines, fairground organs and so much more. Children’s activities, animals including giant tortoises, main ring entertainment, local food and drink, vintage fairground, and a fun dog show.
Adults £8.00 Children £6.00. Contact: Janette and Gareth Mutimer, Email: [email protected]
Sunday 18 June – Topcroft Country Day
11.00am – 5.00pm
Topcroft Recreation Ground, Topcroft Street, Topcroft, Bungay, NR35 2BJ
Something for all the family (not just dogs and dads!)
Classic and Vintage Cars, Vintage Tractors and Motorcycles, Mini steam engine rides, Dog Show and agility, Morris Dancers, Brass Band, Live Music, Circus, Formula 1 3D car simulator, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Jive Bunnies Dancing, Art Exhibition, Cake competition, Barbeque, Bar, Ice Cream, Crepes, and more TBC. Adults £2, Over 12’s £1 & under 12’s free
Saturday 1 July – Party in the Park
12 noon – 6pm
Clare Castle Country Park, Station Road, Clare, CO10 8NW
The Clare event of the year will soon be upon us and this time it will be even bigger and better!
A variety of stalls and fun for all the family including the Dog Show.
See Fetes, Fairs, and Shows in Suffolk for the extensive lineup!
Saturday 8th July – Autism & ADHD Summer Fete
10am – 3pm
Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ
Free Summer Fete for all the family. There will be a craft fair in the village Hall with a wide variety of stalls selling lots of family-friendly products, and there will be stalls, games, music, and food on the recreation ground. We are really excited to be hosting a dog show on the recreation ground too.
Email: [email protected], Tel: 01473 557 550
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th July 2017 – The Elveden Country Show
10.00am – 5.00pm
Summerpit Farm, Elveden Estate, Bury Road, Elvedon, IP24 3TD
The Elveden Country Show offers incredible new and thrilling attractions, including exciting motorbike and horse stunts and beautiful World of Birds displays that intrigue many and keep the main ring bustling with spectators. We are continuing our support of small-scale producers and expanding our Classic British Bake Off and Food and Drink Markets, in addition to appearances by TV’s Celebrity Chef Alan Coxon. Visitors can enjoy insightful cooking demonstrations throughout the day and attend some of the many fascinating talks and browse the many local handmade crafts. In addition to all of this, children will have many things to enjoy, including Punch and Judy, our Petting Farm, Archery, Amazing Reptiles, Small Aircraft flying, and so much more. The beauty of Elveden Estate is illuminated by a massive Living History area and lovely music from the eight bands playing every day. We also feature some eventful shopping avenues, and visitors will be happy to be able to attend the Festival of Dogs here. Our furry friends will have so much to keep them happy, with more than 25 classes hosted every day to raise money for charity, which includes two main rings and dog agility classes. This show features thrilling demonstrations and a variety of distinct and fun displays, performances, celebrities, experts, and trainers.
Sunday 9 July – Dick White Referrals Veterinary Clinic Open Day
Dick White Referrals, Station Farm, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UH
12pm-5pm. An afternoon of fun for all the family. A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at this specialist veterinary clinic. Tour the Hospital, watch a range of demonstrations, test your dog’s diving abilities in the K9 pool and enter our have-a-go activities. With areas for adults, children, and of course, your dogs- come and enjoy an afternoon with us. We look forward to seeing you.
Attendance is Free of charge, but donations to our Charity, “The Dick White Charitable Foundation” are appreciated.
For more information, either see our Facebook page or website www.dickwhitereferrals.com
Sunday 16th July – Bury Dog Show
Nowton Park, Bury Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU. 10am – 4pm
Fun dog show for all the family. 12 classes with rosettes plus Mischief’s Dachshund Dash and East Anglian Dog Training demos. Crafts, food & drink, and fun for the kids too.
Tickets: Adults £5 Children and concessions £2.50 Family £12
See www.wsh.nhs.uk/dogshow for more info.
Sunday 16th July – Old Newton Country Fayre and Dog Show
10.30am – 4.30pm
Old Newton Village Hall & Recreation Ground, Church Road, Old Newton, Stowmarket, IP14 4ED
The Old Newton Country Fayre and Dog Show boast a fun-filled day that celebrates the very best of our rural countryside community. Join in the dog show with Pedigree and Fun Classes, Paws of Parham Dog Agility & Have a Go. Centre stage, we have a lineup to include Karl Knights and Star Dog Trick Display. There is also a huge range of things to do for all the family see Fetes, Fairs, and Shows in Suffolk for full information.
Saturday 23rd July – Butley Flower Show inc Dog Show
Butley Village Hall, Mill Lane, Butley, IP12 3PA
Flower Show and Fete, with lots of attractions, including a Fun Dog Show.
£1 per adult, children no charge
Tel: 01394 450351
Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July – English National Sheepdog Trials and Suffolk on Show
Haughley Park, Haughley, Stowmarket, IP14 3JY
The English National Sheepdog Trials are coming to Suffolk for the first time ever with 150 top dogs and their handlers in the beautiful parkland setting of Haughley Park, near Stowmarket. Alongside them will be Suffolk on Show, a celebration of what’s on offer in the county, including local food stalls, the Suffolk Baa, rural businesses, and demonstrations of countryside crafts and skills.
£10 in advance, £12 on the day. Children under 16, dogs on leads, and parking are free.
Email: [email protected]
Suffolk Dog Day – 30th July 2017
Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Suffolk, IP14 6EF
Bring Fido along to Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall. Fun for everyone, human and canine!
See Helmingham Hall for more information.
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 August – The Country Fair, Long Melford
Midday – 6pm. Melford Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9AA
A weekend of traditional entertainment, including Falconry, dog agility, dancing horses, and more and a plethora of trade stands featuring crafts, food, drink, and more all on the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall, Long Melford. Weekend Ticket: £10 Adult, £5 Child. Dogs FREE!
See www.melfordcountryfair.co.uk for more information and tickets.
Sunday 20 August – Fun Family Horse & Dog Show
Horse classes start at 9.00 am, and dog classes start at 12 noon
The Suffolk Punch Trust, Sink Farm, St David’s Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR
This fun event is now in its fourth year and is designed to entertain the whole family. If competing is not for you, then come along to spectate free of charge. Plenty of classes to suit all horses & dogs with the most amazing rosettes to be won!! Come along and join in the fun!
£4 per horse class, £1 per dog class, Spectators for the show – Free. Normal admission prices apply for entry to The Suffolk Punch Trust.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07776 210238
See Suffolk Punch Trust for more details.
Saturday 26 August – Walberswick Village Fete
Village Hall and on the Green, The Street, Walberswick, IP18 6TZ
This year’s Walberswick fete has a nautical theme – look out for the cut-out sailors and pirates lining the Street as you enter the village. An old-fashioned family fun day at its best, our fete offers food and refreshments, a fun dog show, traditional fete games, donkey rides, interesting stalls, and hilarious family races. Funds raised go towards supporting the Village Hall and the Village Church.
11.00 Registration for Dog Show. 11.30 Dog Show.
See What’s On Suffolk for full information.
Sunday 27th – Monday 28th August – Eye Family Fun Day Sunday
11.00 am onwards
Eye community centre, Magdalen Street, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7AJ
Eye family fun day, classic cars, lurcher show and fun dog show, hog roast, birds of prey displays, 490th bomb group, Morris Men, craft stalls, veg show, donkey rides, car boot, park radio, plus a famous Anglia news reporter who will be opening the show, plus lots more and the best thing it’s FREE entry to the show. Tel: 01379 870568.
Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August – Fenland Country Fair
Stow-cum Quy Park. 9am-5.30pm.
The annual Fenland Country Fair promises superb, traditional rural entertainment for 2 days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With free admission for children under 11, there are plenty of activities to keep young people entertained – riding the Steam Gallopers, archery, or watching the Vintage Parade. Canine lovers are welcome to bring dogs on leads, and there is an array of attractions for fans of man’s best friend, including a parade of hounds, terrier racing, and a gun dog demonstration. Tickets £12.50, under 11’s free. For more information, see: Fenland Country Fair
Sunday 3 September – RSPCA Open Day & Fun Dog Show
11:30am – 3:30pm
RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, IP12 4PD
The RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch is holding our annual Open Day & Fun Dog Show. Beyond the exciting Dog Show, there will be refreshments, a BBQ, tombola, raffle, candy floss, bric-a-brac, face-painter, bouncy castle, and a myriad of other stalls. Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some friendly animals looking for loving homes. Parking is at the Community Centre.
Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children. Email: [email protected]
Saturday 9th September – Tattingstone Village Fete
11.30am – 4.00pm
Tattingstone Village Fete, Playing Field, Tattingstone, IP9 2NB
Traditional village fete with activities for children, family dog show, Punch & Judy, bouncy castles, etc, Beer tent, BBQ, tea tent, cakes, and stalls selling local produce. Plus raffles and tombola.
Entry £1 with a lucky programme. Contact: Sue Gipps – [email protected]
Saturday 9 September – Drinkstone Village Fete and Fun Dog Show
11.30am – 4.30pm
Drinkstone Village Hall (and adjoining field), Gedding Road, Drinkstone, IP30 9SZ
A traditional village Fete with Car Boot Sale and Fun Dog Show.
In aid of Drinkstone War Memorial Institute (Village Hall) Reg. Charity No: 304876.
See Fetes, Fairs, and Shows in Suffolk for full information and a list of activities.
24th September – Companion Dog Show with Flyball and Agility, Jimmy’s Farm
10 am entries, start at 11 am
Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AR
Companion show. Crossbreed. Fun classes. Agility by paws of Parham. Plus fly ball. Side stalls. Bar b q. Camping overnight. Proceeds to Age Uk Suffolk and beardies in need. Email: [email protected] See Jimmy’s Farm for venue details.
We’ll have lots more Doggy Days out for you soon, in the meantime, have a look at our guides to dog-friendly beaches, pooch perfect Hotels and Accommodation, and Pubs that welcome pets to start planning your perfect stay in Suffolk
If you and your furry friend have enjoyed a doggy day out in Suffolk, why not send us a picture and tell us all about it?! We would love to hear from you, email your pics and stories to: [email protected]