Dogstival to take place in September

The organisers of Dogstival have announced that the event is set to go ahead on 5 September and 6 September at Burley Park, New Forest.

Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by Purely Pets, Additionally, are only being sold in-advance to comply with ‘track and trace’ guidance, and enable organisers to manage capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are met.

Its organisers said they have also been working closely with New Forest District Council and Hampshire Police on plans, risk assessments and guidelines in order to ensure the health and safety of customers. 

Extra hygiene measures will be implemented, including multiple hand sanitiser stations throughout and on-site cleaning teams, whilst organisers also noted that the size of the park will allow for social distancing. 

The two-day festival features a host of canine activities, shows and demonstrations, with such features as the K9 Aqua Sports Pool, as well as an opportunity for visitors to paddle board with their pet. 

The Have-A-Go area features scent work, agility, flyball and working dog scurries, while the Purely Pets Main Arena will host a schedule of displays and shows, including traditional working, therapy and assistance dogs from leading UK teams.

In addition, a boutique shopping area will feature around 150 stalls selling pet products. 

Richard Nowell from Lighthouse Marketing and organisers of Dogstival said: “We are truly delighted to start planning for Dogstival in September to ensure a much-deserved day out for our beloved pets – and their humans of course. 

“Being outdoors and with acres of space to socially distance, we are confident in the level of public safety and we will of course be investing in a wide range of hygiene measures to protect our guests.”

Ross Hallifax, director at Purely Pets, Dogstival’s headline sponsor, said: “Over the last few months, the positives to dog ownership have been highlighted more than ever. 

“Our four-legged friends have provided support and comfort for many owners and have probably never been walked more in their life. That’s why it’s fantastic news that Dogstival can go ahead, in a controlled environment, and we can continue to celebrate our canine friends. 

He added: “The show is not only a ‘paw-fect’ day out, but a great opportunity to find out more about our dogs and how to keep them happy and healthy. 

“Whether a loyal companion or the centre of a family, we understand the important role they play in people’s lives and as specialists, our dedicated team can be trusted to offer the right insurance for owners and their pets alike.”

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