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Hoburne Holidays has eight holiday parks in some of the most picturesque coastal and countryside destinations. On a Hoburne holiday, pets go free, and its dog-friendly holiday caravans and lodges are designed with mucky pups and muddy paws in mind, so your four-legged friends never miss out on the fun!
Our dog-friendly holiday caravans and lodges are designed with mucky pups and muddy paws in mind. Easy to clean, with plenty of space for everyone, no matter how many people - and pooches – are in your party. There’s no ‘ruffing’ it, either; even some of our more premium holiday homes welcome dogs.
And of course, there are country walks, beautiful beaches, nature trails and dog walking areas galore. So everyone gets all the exercise they want, morning, noon and night.
Just look out for accommodation marked ‘Dog-Friendly’ in the description to make sure you get yours.
Animal Friends Pet Insurance
Our pets are intertwined in our life, they’re part of the family and as one of the UK's leading pet insurers, we know how important it is to help protect your pet and the tails still to be told (pun intended!).
We can’t get enough of our canine companions so can think of no better way to celebrate everything that makes them so special – from their barks for attention to their crazy zoomies – than by joining Dogstival and saying hello to as many as possible.
We’ve been around for over 20 years, and were founded to make a difference in animal welfare and conservation around the world. Our pet policies not only offer you peace of mind, but they also have a much bigger purpose. So far, we’ve donated over £6 million to more than 600 animal welfare charities and conservancies around the globe, and we’re still going!
Behind every donation, every animal saved, charity supported, there’s a dog owner just like you creating your own stories with your furry best friends.
More about Animal Friends Insurance
- Over 20 years’ experience and now protecting over 1 million of the nation’s pets
- Insurance made simple with easy-to-understand policies approved by Fairer Finance
- Free unlimited vet video calls whenever you need it with our partners Joii Pet Care
- Rated 'Excellent' on Trustpilot with over 25,000 reviews
- Cover for illnesses when switching from another insurer and 2 day waiting period for accident
It all started with a dog who couldn’t stop farting, called Rudie, and two friends who wanted to build a company that delivers health and happiness, called Kev and
Dave. When Dave’s family rescued Rudie after she’d been abandoned, she was in a really bad way. After months of vet visits, they began to think Rudie’s diet could be the problem.
They started to cook her meals from scratch - sourcing and gently cooking healthy ingredients, and developing the perfect recipe. In just weeks, Rudie’s well-being transformed. When Dave told Kev about Rudie’s recovery, they went to their local supermarket, stood in the dog food section alongside the bin liners and bleach, and decided that the four-legged family members of the world deserved better - and in March 2016, Butternut Box was born.
What is Fresh Dog Food?
Human-quality meat and vegetables, gently cooked to create simple, tasty, and complete meals. All created with the right balance of vitamins and minerals for dogs of every age.
No nasties, no grains and no harsh temperatures
Want to give Butternut Box a whirl then take advantage of a brilliant offer for 25% OFF YOUR FIRST TWO BOXES
Paleo Ridge is an award-winning raw dog food company based in rural Hampshire. Our aim is to consistently provide outstanding quality products and excellent service to our customers and their dogs. Our products are 100% natural, formulated to give your dog all the nutrients they need to support:
- Improved digestion
- Shinier coat
- Healthier Skin
- Stronger immune system
- Fresher breath and cleaner teeth
- Strong joints and muscles
- Reduced allergies and intolerances
- Smaller, less smelly poop
In line with our environmental ethics, 98% of our packaging is fully recyclable and products are delivered straight to your door within 24-48 hours.
With a dedicated and passionate team of very experienced industry professionals, we only use ingredients of the highest quality with a firm commitment to:
- Ethically sourced produce
- High animal welfare standards
- Sustainable farming
- Organic, free range or wild where possible
Animal welfare is our top priority when sourcing ingredients for our products. Intensive factory farming goes hand in hand with poor animal welfare and unsatisfactory conditions. Animal cruelty is abhorrent to us, and we will not support it under any circumstance.
When feeding Paleo Ridge, you can be sure your dog is having the best diet possible, whilst also reducing your carbon footprint through ethically sourced and sustainable produce.
Dog Furiendly are dedicated to providing a trusted platform to help dog owners confidently plan the perfect trip with the pooch. Using the website, you can find dog friendly things to do, places to eat/drink or stay across whole the UK.
All the places are recommended by dog owners, based on the wisdom of experience, valued advice and insights from the dog community. Dog owners are invited to create their own profile, share and save their favourite dog friendly places and help other dog owners by leaving tail-wagging reviews and great photos.
If that wasn’t enough, they also have regular events and monthly group walks for your furry companion to socialise and have fun.
Join Dog Furiendly on social media to get inspiration and wanderlust from other dog owners who love travelling just as much as you.
We’ve put together a little taster of all the fun and shenanigans they’ve got up to recently... from pup crawls, beach walks or supporting causes!
New Forest Cottages
New Forest Cottages are the area’s largest dog-friendly accommodation provider with a portfolio of over 70 dog welcoming pretty cottages, large family homes as well as barns, cabins and apartments. Some have private swimming pools, swings, orchards, tree-houses and even private beaches. Prices start low up to luxury level and you’ll be sure to find a holiday home from home to suit all age groups, budgets and tastes. Each offering great bow-wow factors for dogs and their owners.
In total, New Forest Cottages have 140 properties in and around the region located in the peace and tranquillity of rural forest for gorgeous walks right outside your front door, as well as in towns, and villages frequented by free-roaming ponies. There’s also holiday properties along the stunning adjacent coastline and beaches, most of which welcome dogs all year round for sea-salty walks and swims in surf.
If you’re looking for space to sprawl
There are plenty of hotels in the area, but you’ll be sharing social spaces. Staying with your pooch in a holiday cottage is far more spacious, relaxing and comfortable. You can set your own agenda for meal times, eat with your dog in the room, not worry about last orders at the bar and if you have a swimming pool, take a bob in the water under the stars whenever you like. All you have to do is arrive, unpack, open a bottle of your favourite tipple and relax.
It’s super dog-friendly here!
The New Forest National Park is regarded as one of the most dog-friendly areas in the UK. It’s home to one of the largest remaining wildwoods in Western Europe, set in 220 square miles of wooded glades and sprawling pink and purple heather plains. Your dogs will love time here as much as you will.
Spring and summer holidays hail meadows strewn with wild flowers, butterflies and birdsong accompanied by chirping crickets. Think long nights alfresco dining in bloom scented gardens and early morning jaunts along the coastline. Winter months are just as popular when crisp air and sparkly ice laden trees take on a magical vibe. After a day exploring, return to the cosy comfort of a forest cottage, light the log fire and join your pooch for a snuggle. Whatever the season, take time to explore the New Forest’s well signposted walking trails, tracks and cycle routes. Maybe pack a picnic, have lunch at an historic pub and discover why so many dog owners return year after year.
How to find a dog-friendly holiday cottage
Go to the New Forest Cottages website and click search, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know your dates yet. Just tick the box ‘Pet Friendly’, press search again, and all the properties that would love to host your furry friend (or friends) will appear. You can view the cottages as a list or, by selecting ‘view on map’, you can see exactly where in the forest the property is and what the surrounding area is like.
Each of the properties has a full page listing with a carrousel of photos, a full description of the holiday home inside; plus its gardens and outside space along with any shortcomings - so there won’t be any surprises. The majority of cottage listings also include a 3D interactive virtual tour and/or a video. You can see all about the local area, nearest farm shop, supermarkets etc. as well as where to eat and drink, things to do, nearest bike hire and the closest beaches.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
At our three centres, we take dogs and cats in regardless of their age, breed or medical condition and without any judgement. Our staff give each and every animal the specialised care they need, getting to know their characters and quirks so we can find them a new home that’s just right for them.
We learn so much caring for dogs and cats every day, and all the knowledge that we gather helps us to improve the lives of the animals we’ll never meet, through our work with other rescue organisations and charities at home and abroad.
In addition to the above, we use our expertise and voice to provide training and welfare advice to help owners best care for their pets, and we campaign for changes in the law when we see that dogs and cats or their owners deserve better.
We do all of this because we want to be here for every dog and cat, wherever they are, for as long as they need us.
StreetVet is a charity providing free accessible vet care to the pets of people experiencing homelessness. Our aim is to protect the human-animal bond, ensuring that pets and their owners can be kept together wherever possible. We do this by helping owners to keep their pets healthy and happy, advocating for pets and their owners, and by helping to eliminate barriers which otherwise exclude pet owners from accessing essential services. Most of our patients are dogs, but we also have cats, rabbits, rats, ferrets, and 2 Bearded Dragons registered with us.
StreetVet started in 2016 with two vets and a backpack walking around London and is now an RCVS registered practice currently operating in 17 locations in the UK. As well as London, we now have volunteer vets and nurses running outreach clinics on the street in the following areas: Brighton, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Plymouth, Cornwall, Bristol, Gloucester, Cambridge, Norwich, Reading, Southampton, Peterborough, Lincoln, Swansea, Glasgow and Aberdeen. As much as possible, we try to work with other grass-root organisations, such as soup kitchens and day centres, offering support to the homeless.
Anything that can be done in the consulting room, StreetVet can do on the streets! Sampling lumps, microchipping, dispensing medication, eye, ear and skin checks, We also offer food, bedding, coats, collars, leads, and toys to our patients. Where surgery or hospitalisastion is required, this is funded by StreetVet and arranged through a local vet practice that supports our work. We also fund transportation to and from vet practices if needed, and we fund emergency boarding in specific situations, e.g. an owner being admitted to hospital. We provide a 24 hour emergency support number to our clients so that they have access to veterinary support whenever their pet needs it.
Our volunteers run weekly hostel and day centre visits and we are working with hostels to offer them a package of veterinary support to enable them to accept pets and offer accommodation to a greater number of homeless people. We started the StreetVet Accreditation scheme in 2021, with our pilot hostel, DENS, and our goal for this year is to increase the scheme with a number of hostels interested in joining. StreetVet now has over 400 volunteers and 1,350 current patients, and we know that demand for our help will sadly increase over the coming year.
Pets As Therapy
Pets As Therapy have over 5,700 registered volunteers throughout the UK.
Volunteers give as much time as they can to their visiting, there is no minimum! Visiting can take place during the working week daytime, early-evening and indeed weekends and should always be appropriate to both the volunteer and the establishment they will visit.
You can choose between three amazing routes: Portsmouth – Fishbourne car ferries, Lymington – Yarmouth car ferries and Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde Pier Head FastCat passenger catamarans.
It’s one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators, carrying over 4.5 million passengers on more than 45,000 crossings every year. Sailings are punctual, reliable and speedy. It takes just 22 minutes by FastCat and from 40 minutes by car ferry to cross the Solent with Wightlink.
SAVE 20% on foot, car and motorcycle ferry fares to the mainland for Dogstival, between 15th and 18th May 2020.
Simply BOOK to receive your discount.
Go New Forest
To support and represent the growing visitor economy, Go New Forest is the recently formed body to deliver both strategic and sustainable plans for the region.Founded on the VERB model, that both represents and supports each integral business sector, it continues to work to promote the destination to a range of audiences across the UK and much further afield.
Wave 105 - Playing the South’s Best Variety of Hits and keeping the region informed with essential news, travel and sport, plus a mix of celebrity interviews, live music events and regular chances to win great prizes.
The Dogstival is delighted to have Wave 105's radio's Mark Collins hosting the main arena again for 2021