Posted: 11th Sep

Dogstival, one of the few festivals to take place this year is celebrating a pawfect weekend with over 6,500 attended across the two days. The event for dogs and dog-lovers set at Burley Park in the heart of the New Forest basked in sunshine as the world returned to normal for a few days. Dogs were the VIP’s as owners took the opportunity to reward their canine heroes who’ve helped them through a difficult year.

The weekend, sponsored by leading insurers Purely Pets, was packed full of canine and human entertainment with main arena displays, took part in activities such as agility, flyball, scent challenges or the new Gun Dog Village. For dogs that love water there was Stand Up Paddle Boarding, a giant K9 Diving Pool and over 100 stands selling every doggy-delight imaginable.

Commenting on the weekend’s events, Domine Nowell from organisers Lighthouse Marketing said:

We are absolutely delighted with the response to our event Dogstival that took place this weekend at our new stunning home of Burley Park. Around 6,500 people attended across the weekend with their dogs of all shapes and sizes. It’s been a tough few months for everyone, dogs are in integral part of our families, they have looked after us during lockdown so we wanted to say thank you back!! At Dogstival the dogs are the VIP’s for the day.”

“With lovely weather and a vast open space it proved to be the perfect outdoor socially distanced day out. With lots of additional measures in place for everyone’s safety we hope this paves the way for other well managed events to go ahead safely.” Continue Domine Nowell.

Other highlights included the Pop and Bark pupuccino bar and dog pizzas with gravy from Chulli Pizza. There were talks from ITV This morning’s Dr Scott Miller who was joined by leading surgeon Michael Hamilton, physiotherapist Rochelle Dunster and the team from the charity Medical Detection Dogs.

On the Dog House Behaviour Stage owners were treated to training and behaviour tips from local behaviourist Natalie Light along with entertaining talks from Hampshire Fire & Rescue ‘Arson Task Force’.

Elizabeth Mills, Brand Manager at Purely Pets, headline sponsors of Dogstival also says: “We had a fantastic weekend; the weather, venue and all the fun activities for dogs and owners made it a fun event for all. It was also lovely to meet some of our existing customers and make some new furry (and non-furry!) friends. Our canine companions are at the heart of family life for many, so it was great to be able to celebrate them and the joy they bring. Ensuring they are looked after properly is important to us, so a special thanks to Dr Scott Miller for sharing his expert advice on our stand answering peoples questions about their dogs health and habits.”

The event also raised vital funds and awareness for a number of charities after what has been a very hard period in terms of fund raising. With so many events cancelled Dogstival was delighted to support Pets as Therapy, Medical Detection Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf, Sunny Shores and Canine Partners through event programme sales and the fun dog show entries.

There was such a happy vibe at the event which many have likened to Glastonbury for dogs! Visitors were delighted to be able to have a fun day out and spoil their four- legged friend. Dogstival will again return in 2021……dates soon to be announced!


Amazing Day Out

Amazing day out! My dog had the best day, there was so much space we didn't feel like their paws were getting on top of each other. My dog was relaxed and enjoyed the whole day lots of great treats and every dog was so lovely they all got along great which was amazing! Great drinks and food for us pawrents too. Can't wait for next year

Nikkita Drake


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