DogFest arrives in Cheshire this June at Cholmondeley Castle | Knutsford Times

DogFest arrives in Cheshire this June at Cholmondeley Castle

By on May 10, 2018

‘Glastonbury for dogs’ event DogFest is coming to Cheshire this June.

The event is taking place 16th-17th June at Cholmondeley Castle.

As part of the event there will be a daily DogFest parade led by Supervet host Noel Fitzpatrick as well as the ‘Hound Hang Out’ where visitors can meet social media’s brightest doggy celebrities and Insta-pooches.

Other highlights of the festival are the School 4 Dogs ring – where even the most disobedient dog can become a teacher’s pet! Watch demos from dog experts and trainers, including Lucy Heath of Britain’s Got Talent fame. Other popular behaviour workshops in the line-up include Puppy School, obedience displays and teaching your dog to perform using props.

Newly announced for The Dog Activity Ring, sponsored by Animal Friends pet insurance, (which hosts a whole programme of exciting demos and displays), are the jaw-dropping ShadowQuest Dog Display Team; a troop of super-smart dogs whose skills include abseiling down a 30ft tower, zip-wiring across the ring and jumping through hoops of fire! Plus flyball demos, giant dog agility and much more.

The Dogs with Jobs area will feature a thrilling cast of dogs who work for a living; recently announced organisations include Medical Detection Dogs – who can detect life-threatening conditions such as cancer and Parkinson’s through scent, Search Dogs Buckinghamshire – who assist local police forces in their search for missing people and the award-winning dogs of the Essex Fire Brigade, who have been trained to detect the scent of live casualties following fires. Visitors can gain insight into these remarkable dogs and how they are trained.

The brilliant Fun Dog Show, sponsored by the RSPCA, will host various classes as the extremely popular Fun Dog Competition returns.  It’s open to all visiting dogs.  Categories include Best Rescue Dog, Golden Oldie, Cool Pup and Happiest Dog at The Show. Entrants compete daily to win the coveted Best in Show rosette! Applications to compete open at the beginning of May via

VIP ticket holders will be treated to exclusive talks in the VIP marquee from the likes of TV animal experts Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and ITV This Morning’s resident vet Paul Manktelow.

Twice a day, Noel Fitzpatrick will kick off the ever-popular Great Dog Walk, sponsored by The Big Tick Project.  It’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to get some exercise with their dog, explore the wonderful surroundings of DogFest’s three venues and raise money for charity – take your pick from the 2km or 4km distance options!

With even more ‘have-a-go’ activities for your dog, this year’s superb line-up also sees the return of firm favourites including agility, training and obedience sessions and watery hilarity with dog diving.

Also available to try are the Hay Bale Race, sponsored by Eukanuba and SmartBones, and crowd favourite Temptation Alley, sponsored by Butcher’s (where dogs’ resolve is tested: snacks vs: owners’ commands), plus so much more to keep dogs entertained.

Two-legged DogFest-goers can also treat themselves to a delicious spread of food and drink in the Festival Food Village: the scrumptious fare on offer ranges from rosemary French fries topped with oozing raclette to more-ish Neopolitan street food – and the finest perfectly-ground coffee to an uber-cool gin station.  Doggy meals are available too, of course!

Visitors can also listen to exciting live music and pamper themselves and their pooch with some excellent shopping.

  • Adult £16.50, child £10.50, senior £12.50, family £45 (2 adults, 2 children under 16), VIP £85.00
  • Camping pitches are available at Cholmondeley Castle.
  • For tickets and further info visit or call 0844 581 4917

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Real Time Analytics