The North East Dog Festival, 2019.

Hey, fellow pet lovers!

Today’s post is all about The North East Dog Festival which takes place this Saturday on the 7th of September. Unfortunately, this isn’t an event I’m able to attend but I’ve really enjoyed writing about this canine-friendly festival and would love to hear if your planning on attending in the comments below?

Let’s jump straight into today’s short and simple post!


The North East Dog Festival

Today’s post is all about The North East Dog Festival which is taking place this Saturday at Kirkley Hall in Ponteland. It is an event created for pet parents by a small team of dog lovers and on the day there is a large variety of dog-friendly activities for your four-legged friend to participate in. As well as the large array of canine sports on offer you could venture out on a lovely woodland walk with your pooch or explore the many wonderful trades stands on offer.

The North East Dog Festival was founded by a small family team of dog owners alongside their fifty canine companions back in September 2017. Across the team, there are over thirty years of experience of working alongside dogs, with many of the team members participating in sports and various canine training. The North East Dog Festival was created out of the love, passion and pride these pet parents have for their canine counterparts. The creators believe that our dogs should live the best life possible for the short amount of time they’re on this earth and this is something I strongly believe in too!

In fact epoch.pet’s purpose or mission statement if you like, is to create an even stronger bond between you and your pet by optimising the time you spend together through play, fitness and nutrition, all whilst pushing the boundaries of the standard of care. If you’d like to know more about the canine caring team that created the North East Dog Festival then head over to the About Section on their website.

What’s on?

Whether you’re a pet parent or not there are plenty of activities to enjoy at this year’s North East Dog Festival. With the event taking place at Kirky Hall there are numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy that I’ve listed below.

1, Explore Krickly Hall and their wonderful zoological gardens.

Despite only living a fifty-minute drive from Krickly Hall Zoological Gardens I’ve never been and being an architecture lover it’s now on my list of places to visit. However, if you are planning on going to the North East Dog Festival this week then make sure you check out the beautiful building and grounds within. Also, there is also a zoo which yourself and your family can explore, but if you’re taking your canine companion along for the fun then you’ll have to go another day as dogs, unfortunately, aren’t allowed.

2, Participate in the many canine sporting activities on offer.

If you are taking your pooch along with you and want them to participate in various canine sports then there is plenty on offer to choose from.

  • Hoppers.
  • Cairncross.
  • Agility.
  • Flyball.
  • Temptation Alley.
  • Fastest Recall.

Above is just a handful of what’s on, if you’d like to learn more then head to over to the North East Dog Shows website.

3, Watch the many dogs shows taking place in the main ring.

If you didn’t bring your canine companion along for the fun but still want to watch some of the action then there’s plenty to be seen in the main ring. Follow the link to the North East Dog Festivals website to check out the main ring timetable to see what takes your fancy.

4, Go for a bit of shopping and explore the many exhibitors selling pet-friendly products.

If you’re after some new toys, treats or premium pet care products for your pooch then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve listed a few of the many sellers stated on the North East Dog Festivals website which you can see below.

  • Awl By Hand.
  • Purple Pomegranate Photography.
  • Northumbria Blood Bikes.
  • Happy Hound Accessories.
  • Rebecca’s Bookshop – Usborne Organizer.
  • Barking Mad Dog Care.
  • STARS Rescue.
  • The Pitman Pizza Co.
  • The Happy Go Lucky Dog Company.

These are honestly just a small few of what will be on offer at the festival and as you can see, there is something for the whole family. To check out the other exhibitors head over to the trade section of the North East Dog Festivals website.

5, Visit the Dogs with Jobs Village to learn about the many roles canines play in our society.

I’ve written a large variety of blog post on epoch.pet and I’m well aware of the various roles that our canine companions play in society. There are your everyday canines who provide love and affection to the whole family, then you have your assistance canines who allow people with disability-related limitations such as people living with visual or hearing impairments to complete everyday tasks and lead a normal life.

Lastly, you have protection and military canines who put their lives on the line each and every day to help save countless humans worldwide. Without dogs, our world would be very different and It’s safe to say that a canine free world is not one in which I’d like to reside. If you would like to read more about the amazing work assistance canines do then check out one of my previous posts from last month, International Assistance Dog Week.

6, Lastly, go to the Nose to Tail Village to learn about canine health and wellbeing.

Canine health and wellbeing are what epoch.pet was founded on, you’ll find countless posts about raw feeding and species-appropriate diets. As well as nutritional posts such as Can dogs eat raw meat? Or Omega 3 fatty acids, the importance of fish oil for your dog, as well as many more interesting posts about canine and feline nutrition. If you’re going to the North East Dog Festival then I suggest popping into the Nose to Tail Village where you can learn all about canine health and wellbeing from experts in the field.

This list really could go on and on but you get the point that this pawsome festival is filled with countless fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. I really wish I was able to attend but there’s always next year and I could maybe vlog the day to create some new content. Make sure you follow The North East Dog Festival on Facebook to stay up to date with general information about the event and watch the canine fun.


General Information

Where is the event being held?

As mentioned many times above The North East Dog Festival will take place this Saturday, the 7th of September and the festival will be held at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens in Ponteland Northumberland NE20 0AQ. If you have any issues finding the venue simply call the contact number here 01670 841 235 which I found on their website.

Arrival, Closing Times & Parking

As we know the festival is being held at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens which has free parking with hundreds of spaces available. If you are attending the event, on entry to the main gate you’ll be directed to the festivals parking section and the festivals entry is just a short walk from where you will park. The car park opens at 8.30 am and once you’ve found your spot and are ready for a day of fun with your four-legged friends, entry for the festival opens at 9.30 am and last admittance is 4 pm. The event will finish once the main ring has closed and a show champion has been announced which is expected to be at around 5 pm.

Tickets

If you live in the North East and would like to attend this wonderful event but haven’t yet brought tickets simply follow the link and head over The North East Dog Festivals website where you can order yours today, Festival Tickets. If ordering online an Adult Ticket will cost you £7.50 and anyone under the age of 16 can enter for free. However, if you like you can purchase tickets on arrival which will cost £10. Also, your ticket gives you assess to the Zoo within Kirkley Hall but please remember canine companion aren’t allowed in. Lastly, some additional activities may incur an extra fee and don’t forget your ticket is non-refundable.

To learn more simply head over the Frequently Asked Questions page.


I hope you all enjoyed today’s simple post all about The North East Dog Festival and if you’re going along with your pooch then do let me know in the comments below. If you liked today’s post please make sure to hit that like button so I know, or give it a share so other pet parents can learn about epoch.pet and our diverse range of content. We’ve passed 120 posts on the blog which is something I’m really happy about and as always thank you for taking the time to read my posts, it really means a lot!

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