Ultimate festival for dogs returning to Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 09 November 2017

DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]

DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]

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A festival designed for dogs and their owners will be returning to Hertfordshire next summer.

DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]

DogFest 2018 – described as “the ultimate festival for dogs” – will return to the grounds of Knebworth House from Saturday, July 7 to Sunday, July 8.

This is a week after Geronimo, the UK’s largest festival for children, launches at Knebworth House on June 30 and July 1.

Hosted by Channel 4’s The Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, DogFest offers pooches, their owners, and dog-lovers an action-packed, fun-filled weekend.

“I have never seen a place on earth like DogFest; so many happy people with their happy dogs, all enjoying the same thing: unconditional love,” said Prof Noel Fitzpatrick.

With even more ‘have-a-go’ activities for your pet, next year’s line-up includes the frenetic dog sport of flyball, watery hilarity with dog diving, agility, training and obedience sessions, and fun dog competitions.

Other highlights of the festival include the School 4 Dogs arena, the Dogs with Jobs area featuring a cast of dogs who work for a living, and the ever-popular Great Dog Walk.

Twice a day, Supervet Noel will lead the way on The Great Dog Walk, which is the perfect opportunity for visitors to get some exercise with their canine pals, explore the wonderful surroundings of Knebworth Park, and raise some money for charity.

There are many opportunities for visitors and their four-legged friends to join in with the action, including behaviour workshops at the School 4 Dogs, where even the most disobedient pooches can become a teacher’s pet.

DogFest - the ultimate festival for dogs - will return to Knebworth in July 2018DogFest - the ultimate festival for dogs - will return to Knebworth in July 2018

Sessions include puppy training, how to teach your dog to perform using props and obedience displays.

Also available to try are the Hay Bale Race and crowd favourite Temptation Alley, where dogs’ resolve is tested with snacks versus owners’ commands.

While dogs enjoy an energising day out, visitors can watch displays in the main ring, get first-hand advice from experts during informative talks, treat themselves to a delicious spread of food and drink, listen to live music, and pamper their pooch with some excellent shopping.

Adult tickets cost £16, children £10, seniors £12, and family £44 (2 adults and 2 children under 16).

Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick at DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick at DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]

Organisers have also announced DogFest 2018 dates for Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on June 16-17, and Ashton Court in Bristol for June 23-24.

• For tickets, visit www.dog-fest.co.uk/hertfordshire

DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]DogFest 2017 at Knebworth House [Picture: Casey Gutteridge]

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