Famous faces to host DogFest 2019

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 December 2018

Dr Noel Fitzpatrick will lead the Great Dog Walk at DogFest.             PICTURE: Dean Whiting.

Dr Noel Fitzpatrick will lead the Great Dog Walk at DogFest. PICTURE: Dean Whiting.

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Broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding alongside veterinarian Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, who stars in the Supervet TV series, will be holding talks at a festival for dogs next year.

A woman is holding her pet at DogFest.	Picture: Louise FarrellA woman is holding her pet at DogFest. Picture: Louise Farrell

DogFest West will return to Ashton Court Estate in Long Ashton next summer.

Following its success last year, the acclaimed festival will once again host expert talks, dog displays, educational sessions and have-a-go activities for visitors.

It aims to celebrate the bond between dogs and people and promote animal welfare, and is hosting its sixth festival next year.

Clare will lead the 2-4k Great Dog Walk, where owners can take their pets around Ashton Court, and she will headline the main stage and give a talk about her life with her favourite pets.

A dog is showcasing its talents at The Acitivity Arena.	Picture: Nigel Kirby PhotographyA dog is showcasing its talents at The Acitivity Arena. Picture: Nigel Kirby Photography

She will also award prizes for DogFest’s annual Fun Dog Show.

Noel will also be opening the Great Dog Walk including hosting an interactive feature for younger visitors and a talk for people with VIP tickets.

Famous pooches will be there on the weekend for people to meet at the Dogs of Instagram Hound Hangout booth.

A selection of activities will be there for people to try out, including doggy yoga, wag and tone and aerobics sessions.

A dog is competing in an agility course.	Picture: Nigel Kirby PhotographyA dog is competing in an agility course. Picture: Nigel Kirby Photography

The Activity Arena is set to host stunts and routines from dog display teams, including taking the animals through rings of fire, down zip wires and getting them to sniff out contraband.

A Dogs With Jobs display will also be there, where rescue and assistance dogs will demonstrate their life-saving skills to members of the public.

New to the festival this year is the Big Dog Dig event, where dogs can find buried treats and also the Pup Park which is designed to introduce children and young people to puppies.

Many more events will be there on the day including talks, demonstrations and question and answer sessions on animal health and welfare, dietary requirements and behavioural psychology.

Artisan food will be served including drinks from coffee vans, gin bars and much more.

The event will take place on June 22-23 next summer.

Tickets, priced £16.50, are available at www.dogfest.seetickets.com

Group and concession tickets are also available.

For more information, visit www.dog-fest.co.uk























































































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